Benefits of Travelling from a Young Age
Travelling from a young age can completely transform a person’s life. Knowing about different lifestyles and cultures can make us question our own beliefs and perspectives.
Little ones shouldn’t miss out on the chance to travel, which can be a life-changing experience.
In a world where everyone is running to keep up with their schedules and obligations, stepping on the brakes and observing what surrounds us seems like a panacea.
Getting to know new destinations opens our mind and positively affects many different aspects of our life.
This doesn’t apply only to adults. Children, who are in the process of discovering the world, can be amazed by everything that is “out there.”
Exposing a child to travel from a young age is an excellent habit that parents can transmit.
How so? We’ll delve deeper into this question below.
Travelling is an exercise with fatal consequences for prejudice, intolerance and narrow-mindedness.
The benefits of travelling
Packing your suitcase and leaving home for a few days has great advantages for physical and emotional well-being. Some of these include:
- Reduces stress: disconnecting from work, problems and commitments allows us to rest fully, recover energy and, therefore, be happier. It is important not to plan excessively, since we could suffer post-holiday stress and return even worse than we began.
- Stimulates the brain: discovering new places, smells, tastes and experiences helps the brain “work” to assimilate everything that is unknown. Thus, the mind is kept young and able to continue incorporating information.
- Encourages emotional well-being: travel improves self-esteem, since it involves personal challenges such as adapting and getting used to new foods, rules and even languages. In addition, real-life experiences contribute much more to happiness than any object we can buy.
Travelling from a young age is even better
If the experience of going on a trip offers so many advantages to adults, little ones are even more empowered.
Keep in mind that leaving home often means venturing into the unknown for a child.
Maybe they don’t even know how far they’re going, how they’ll arrive or when they’ll return home.
Below we’ll summarize the three greatest benefits of travelling for children:
1. A new perspective
When we’re children, the way we analyze and interpret the world is what determines our point of view.
However, when a child leaves his city, country or continent, he learns to see life with different eyes.
He’ll then realize that not everything should be done as he learned.
With so many things to observe, he’ll incorporate new habits for his life and other values with respect to work, relationships and the environment.
He may also get to taste foods he’d never tried before, see new types of sports or hear a different language. The world is full of alternatives, it’s just a matter of finding them.
2. Curiosity awakens
Because he’ll see many things that he never knew about and perhaps had never even imagined, your child will have many questions.
Why is this language spoken here? Why do they like this food so much? What’s the name of that song?
The best thing about this is that his senses will be wide awake. His attention will be 100% dedicated to identifying everything he sees.
Consequently, children will also be strengthening their reflective, critical and rational spirit.
There’s a reason behind everything that exists and happens, and they’ll want to know about it at all costs.
3. Improving relationships and quality of life
Travelling from a young age with the family represents a challenge for all its members.
It takes collaboration and patience to tolerate each other’s presence for 24 hours a day, which may not happen on a daily basis.
Taking trips is an excellent opportunity to deepen ties through new experiences, as siblings and parents become travel companions.
Both the parents and children face new experiences, so the central thing is what is happening outside, not what each person is doing.
After travelling, the family will be more united and flexible.
Tips to keep in mind when travelling with children
If you’re going on a trip with your children, these recommendations can be very helpful:
- Don’t forget to bring all the documentation you need, including health books.
- Pack the safety, food and hygiene items a baby or small child might need.
- A couple of medications – the most generic ones – won’t hurt in an emergency (avoid self-medicating).
- Plan activities with enough time to rest or make last-minute adjustments.
- Avoid places with too many people, without shade or adequate facilities to travel with children.
- Always have some food, drinks and toys on hand.
Finally, be ready to have a good time. If you take the necessary precautions and have a good attitude, this trip could become an invaluable memory for a child.
Travelling from a young age opens a window to the world that will offer children a new perspective for the rest of their lives.
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- SJD Hospital staff. (2016). Los beneficios de viajar para los niños. Faros. El observatorio de la salud y el bienestar para tus hijos. Hospital Sant Joan de Deu de Barcelona. https://faros.hsjdbcn.org/es/articulo/beneficios-viajar-ninos