There is so much that can be said about the positive benefits of travelling as a family. I know it has enriched our lives and that of our kids. I don’t think it matters whether you go for two weeks or a whole year. Just try it and I think you will see how quickly it makes a difference to how you see and experience life.
You can keep your family travel really simple by just taking a tent and driving a couple of hours down the road. Or you can pack everything you own up and go on the road in a converted bus for a year. Either way doing something as a family is better than not doing anything at all.
Here are just a few reasons why we think travelling as a family is awesome:-
Travelling anywhere is educational for the whole family. No matter where you go you are learning something along the way. You can learn how people live in the city versus the country. There are museums and historic sights pretty much every where you go that tell the story of our history and culture. You will get to learn a lot about geography as well as our flora and fauna. Imagine the thrill of seeing a koala or a dingo in the wild, not just in a zoo!
MEET NEW PEOPLE
No matter where you travel to, you will meet new people. Some may be from overseas or some from the other side of the country. But all these people will have different stories to tell. They will come from all walks of life and all different types of cultural back grounds. By taking the time to chat with your fellow travellers, you will learn about more places to visit and they might learn a thing or two from you as well!
SPENDING TIME TOGETHER
We all lead really busy lives these days. Even in our house we can sometimes go a week or more without sitting down for a meal together. Travelling as a family ensures that we get to eat together every night. It also gives you time to reconnect with your partner as well as your kids. You can spend time walking on the beach, sitting around the camp fire or going for a bush walk. All these things strengthen your family ties. And don’t forget that you are making fantastic memories at the same time.
Family travel is also a great way to indulge in your hobbies and interests and to share them with your kids. Even though we all like different things by taking part in visiting a museum, or flying a drone or going on a bush walk we are sharing something that is special to each of us. This then makes us feel more connected to our family members.
No matter how you choose to travel, there are going to be chores to do. Whether it is gathering firewood, setting up a tent or taking bags into a motel room. All kids that are old enough to do so, should be given age appropriate tasks to do. We have always encouraged our kids to help us with setting up our campsite and helping to clean up as well. You can see the excitement in their faces when they learn to do something for the first time – like lighting the camp fire or cooking a simple meal. All the things that they learn with us, will carry through into adult hood.
INSPIRE THEM TO TRAVEL
I think by travelling as a family we have instilled a love of travel into both our kids. Miss Oz has already been to America for a school trip and is currently enjoying her first ‘adult’ trip to the Sunshine Coast after completing year 12. Ben can’t wait to get his drivers licence so he is free to go camping and mountain bike riding whenever he can.
KEEPS YOU FIT AND ACTIVE
Let’s face it, it can be hard to find time to exercise. I know I struggle to a lot of the time. But when you are travelling it seems so much easier to do. You can kick a footy around with the kids, go for a swim, hire a kayak, run on the beach, go for a bush walk or even just have a game of frisbee. Any of these activities are loads of fun for the whole family and will get you off your butt and moving around.
A SIMPLER WAY OF LIFE
Perhaps I should have put this first, because I really do think that family travel promotes a much simpler way of life. Whenever we travel, we usually take our camper trailer, so we are limited to taking just the essentials. There is no need to take 20 outfits and 10 pairs of shoes each because they are just not needed. Shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops are generally all we ever wear. I can cook a whole meal with one fry pan and a barbeque. I don’t care if I don’t see television or read a newspaper for two or three weeks. Sitting under the stars with a camp fire for light is the perfect way to unwind and reconnect with our loved ones.
When was the last time your family took a trip together? Maybe it’s time to start planning one now!