20 Reasons You Should Travel With Your Kids

Travel Might Even Prevent Them From Becoming Boring Bums

An advantage to starting younger is that young travelers are more likely to become teen and adult travelers. By cultivating healthy travel attitudes young, you’re more likely to have someone fun to travel with in the later years.

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Engage Them With History

Traveling extensively in Virginia during my childhood gave me a lifelong love for the American Revolution and colonial history. The chance to stand in places of immense history gave me an appreciation for and knowledge about my heritage that has influenced me all the way to my adult years, where I drool over books of antique map making. Hook ’em while they’re young!

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Engage Them With the World

When my siblings and I dressed up in traditional Uighur outfits for Halloween one year, we were shocked that people didn’t automatically recognize the distinctive silks of a Chinese minority group. Our older sister’s travels to China and the gifts she brought back made the world more accessible, and opened our eyes to international topics early on.

My brother was thinking the same thing when he moved his family to Uruguay for a few months (while he opened a new branch of his surfboard company). Even though they were only there temporarily, the chance to experience a new culture was too valuable to pass up.

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The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!