Travel myths – BUSTED
Travel myths: BUSTED
Travel Myth #1: The kids won’t remember.
Families often are concerned about spending money and time on vacations they think kids won’t remember.
Even though kids might not remember the exact details of the vacation location…what kids will remember is family interaction. Family interaction on vacations with more time spent together chatting and talking about experiences increases communication skills in infants and toddlers while improving vocabulary of older kids, too!
The results of a poll for the US Travel Association show family vacations are valuable:
Most adults surveyed (62%) said their earliest memories were of family vacations taken when they were between ages 5 and 10, and they remember childhood trips more clearly than school events or birthday celebrations.
Like their parents, children cherish family vacation memories
Youth surveyed strongly agreed that they get to see and do things on vacation that they’ll remember for a long time (64%) and that vacations bring their family closer together (53%).
Parents underestimate the value of including grandparents on family vacations
Children who traveled with their extended family reported that they get to spend quality time with their grandparents (78%), they feel closer to them (60%), and they like to remember stories about what they did with their grandparents (65%).
So, how early can they remember? Interestingly enough…..very, very young, but some of those memories fade away and thus, adults don’t remember things like their 2nd birthday parties.
The earliest forever memories are thought to come at about 3 1/2.
Travel Myth #2 – I won’t enjoy my vacation because of all the kid wrangling.
Banish the thought that you can’t enjoy your vacation with the kids!
Do not fear! Keep the kids busy.
Keep the kids engaged.
Use my travel guides for interesting history and activities for your kids (and are like Cliff Notes for grownups). If you don’t see your destination, give me a shout. I’m always working on new ones!
Explore with the kids.
Share with the kids. Explain your observations and thoughts.
Vacation WITH the kids to build memories and enjoy the memories you make. They will last a lifetime.
**Travel myths are based on my completely unscientific opinion.
Natalie, The Educational Tourist