There are many reasons I love to travel. I’ve probably already mentioned many of them in my other posts, but for the newbies I will list them again, in no particular order. I love to travel because I need adventure in my life, and I crave knowledge. I like to learn about new cultures and meet new people.
I also enjoy trying new foods, taking in new sights, and smelling new towns. Yes, many places have their own distinct smell. Hawaii, for example, has a wonderful aroma from the flowers all over the island that hits you right in the nostrils when you step foot off the plane or ship. It is delightful change from the re-circulated air inflight, I assure you.
Many people travel to relax and escape their daily grind. I enjoy that as well. I am sure that most people can list relaxing on their list of “why” in regards to travel. Find a nice beach, pull up a chair and do nothing but listen to the waves and trade in my pale skin for a nice bronze glow. Yes, that is a wonderful reason to travel. But I have another reason that you may not have thought about.
During the year I try to take at least two vacations. I travel once without kids, whether it be a solo trip, or adults only. This is my recharge trip, me selfish vacation. The other is travel with my kids.
While it can be a little trickier traveling with kids, it is worth it! Yes I have to listen to them argue, whine, and even complain. Let’s face it, they do that at home too. The great thing is, however, I am giving them life lessons. By traveling with my kids I am teaching them about culture. In doing so, my kids grow up knowing that there are other ways to live in the world, and different ways of doing things. They learn that our way is not the only way. Kids, through travel, also learn that there are many different types of people in the world and to be open to people and things that are different than what they are accustomed to.
By being submerged in what is unknown, kids also learn not to be afraid to try new things. Whether it be something adventurous like zip-lining, or simply trying a new food. They get to see the fun in having variety in our world. In today’s society so many people are afraid or hateful to what is different from them. The number of cultures that exist with their own beliefs and their own way of doing things are plentiful. Modern technology allows us to travel further and quicker than ever before. That means that people from different cultures are bound to meet and experience each other in more numbers than history could allow.
Just because we can travel and experience other cultures, does not mean we have to feel bad about the way we do things, or change them to be more like others. It just means that we can acknowledge and appreciate that there is a plethora of culture out there, and be comfortable interacting with those from other countries than our own. Teaching your children to appreciate differences between their beliefs and those of faraway places is beneficial to them and their future. Not to mention, the world as a whole.
So travel for fun, travel for relaxation, travel for adventure, travel for good food, travel for world peace, and travel for your kids’ future. 🙂