We have over 20 years of experience in planning family travel, both domestically and internationally. Having taken her two children, now ages 13 and 17 to over 60 countries, owner Kristine Nations has a lot of advice to give and stories to tell! Custom itinerary fees start at $300 per family and include full itinerary creation, research, and reservation confirmations.
Reasons to bring your children along:
1. TRAVELING WITH KIDS TEACHES THEM ABOUT LIFE BEYOND THE BUBBLE.
Whether it’s travelling domestically, or traveling internationally, kids reap huge benefits from being exposed to culture and lifestyle that is different to their own.
2. TRAVELING WITH KIDS GIVES FAMILIES OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN TOGETHER.
One of our core values as a family is life-long learning and personal development and growth. When we travel together, we put our entire family in a position as learners – learning about new places, different aspects of history, interesting traditions, new foods, and different worldviews.
3. TRAVELING WITH KIDS CREATES SPECTACULAR FAMILY MEMORIES.
Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a road trip to a national park, a train trip across Europe, or an outreach to a developing nation – families that travel together create memories that stand apart from the other (just as important) family memories made from meals around the holiday table or summer backyard campouts.
4. TRAVELING WITH KIDS PROMOTES FAMILY BONDING.
The family that piles in one hotel room together, or wades through villages in knee-deep mud together, or explores new cities together has an opportunity to grow closer through shared experiences that break their norm – both the inconvenient ones and the delightful ones.
5. TRAVELING WITH KIDS ALLOWS YOU TO BUILD A UNIQUE BRIDGE INTO OTHER CULTURES.
When you travel alone or with another adult, it’s easy to bump along in your own little world and never meet any locals unless you put yourself out there and try. But when you’re with kids you’re almost forced to meet people – it becomes effortless. Kids make friends so easily, which is one of the simplest ways to have a door opened into local culture. If you’re in a place very different to your own, locals may also want to take their pictures, hold them, or at minimum gush about how cute they are. Go with whatever you’re comfortable with (and your kids are comfortable with), but enjoy the special way of connecting with people that comes through the shared bond of parenthood. It’s a universal humanizer and really is a beautiful thing.
6. TRAVELING WITH KIDS HELPS YOU SEE THE WORLD WITH CURIOSITY, WONDER, AND IMAGINATION.
Your kids will constantly surprise you with the things they notice, the differences and similarities they spot, and the questions they ask. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is never a bad thing. Traveling affords you the opportunity to do that on a whole new level.
7. TRAVELING WITH KIDS HELPS THEM GAIN COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE.
Just like us, when they are introduced to new concepts and experiences, kids are given opportunities to grow not only in knowledge, but in character. Introducing them to new cultures and new people and new ways of living, helps kids to learn more about who they are and where they come from, and also gives them practice to stretch their wings in a safe environment (a family environment) and grow in courage and confidence.
8. TRAVELING WITH KIDS ENFORCES THE NOTION THAT KIDS ARE PEOPLE, TOO.
So often we forget that kids are people, too. We assume they won’t appreciate experiences as much as we will and so it’s not worth the effort/expense/fill-in-the-blank. But kids, just like us, crave new experiences, exciting learning opportunities, and adventure. When we choose to allow them to participate in real adventures and real experiences in the real world along with us, we communicate to them that we trust them, esteem them, and honor their sense of personhood and intrinsic value along with our own.
9. TO INCREASE COMPASSION.
Traveling will help your family be thankful for the blessings you have, and will make you realize the extent of what you take for granted—like shelter, safety, and food. Watching news stories isn’t the same as seeing firsthand the conditions many people live in. Developing a personal connection to people from other regions of the world will forever change your hearts.
10. TRAVELING WITH KIDS TEACHES US ABOUT OURSELVES.
It’s hard to reflect when we’re amidst the daily chaos of busy family lives. Getting away from your job and your kids’ packed schedule of activities can help you learn about each other. Is your child a thrill-seeker or scared to try new things? What about you? Does your family like to follow a schedule or prefer to be spontaneous? What is your favorite part about traveling together? Where would you like to go on your next family trip?