Traveling as a family has its joys but so often it is easier to focus on the more difficult parts. It can be expensive. It can be hard. It can be exhausting. It can gobble up vacation time.
But the upside is always so much more than any downside.
In 2013, Disney commissioned a survey of more than 1000 parents with kids between the ages of 5 and 17. “Ninety-one percent of parents reported that quality time is achieved when they learn something new about their child, while 84 percent of parents say quality time means their child learned something new about them.”
They also found that parents were able to have much more quality time with their kids on vacation as opposed to at home. And their time together on vacation was reported to be more exciting, relaxed, and silly than it is at home.
There are probably many reasons you need to a family vacation, but here are five of them.
1. To reconnect
With technology, sports, school, work and friends pulling everyone in a million directions, it is easy to grow apart from each other. Taking a family vacation together can be a way to force everyone, even teenagers, to reconnect. Be sure to have family meals together and spend time just being around each other. If possible, allow older children to help plan, because if they are involved in the process they are less likely to rebel.
2. To experience something new
Doing the same thing every day can get boring. Use a family vacation to spice up your life. Doing something new can be invigorating and shows your family there's more to life than the daily commute. Have an adventure and make some new memories! The new things you experience will be worth the stress of traveling with a family.
3. To expand your horizons
It is easy to believe that everyone in the world is just like you and your neighbors if you don't get out there and travel. By taking your family to experience different parts of the world, or even different parts of your city, you can help the whole family grow and learn the value of different people, places, and things.
4. To spend time with your kids NOW