The sun is bright and the heat is blazing; traveling season is officially upon us! Instead of being hesitant to travel with your child, it’s actually very beneficial to expose your child to traveling at a young age. We all know how children will soak up knowledge like a sponge during their formative years (from birth through age eight) and learning outside the classroom can have many benefits to the expansion of their knowledge and intelligence. Also, getting your child out of their “hood” and allowing them to interact with people of other races and cultures will play an important part in shaping their social interaction skills as well as building confidence. We know the headache traveling with a young one can bring, but if this isn’t enough to convince you to travel with your kids, take a look at a few other benefits that this may have.
- Different learning opportunities – Opposed to the normal textbook learning, traveling exposes your child to unique learning opportunities and experiences. As a parent you understand the importance of field trips, so you should also understand the importance of traveling. Just like museums of science and planetariums can bring opportunities to apply what’s learned in the classroom, visiting other states (especially those rich in cultural landmarks, monuments and history) will bring your child those same opportunities. It will be an experience they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
- Grades Can Increase – Researchers have discovered a link between studying outside of the classroom and an increase in grades. According to a study conducted by The University of Georgia in the late 90’s-early 2000’s, the effects of studying abroad on academic performance are positive. Though the study was done on college students, imagine the impact learning in another environment will have on a child in their brightest years!
- Traveling will prepare them to become independent and confident – Traveling at a young age will allow to them quickly adapt to the traveling process such as airports, beneficial packing, being responsible, etc. As they continue to grow and travel, they’ll get to the point where they can travel independently, and they will be confident in facing challenges in a foreign environment. Even something as small as overcoming the fear of eating a specific food (maybe they won’t eat spaghetti at home, but if they visit Italy they might want to do as the Romans) will get them started on a journey of being able to overcome anything.
Your kiddos will indeed grow up to be well-rounded individuals, and will develop skills and traits that will set them up to become successful adults. So if you haven’t already, set a date to take your family on an adventure!
Written By: Kahina Ray