Vacations are definitely a great avenue for families to get away from all the routines and distractions that their super busy schedules present daily. There are numerous benefits of going on vacations as a family. Aside from being a fun way to escape from reality, it is a great opportunity to grow and learn in many ways. The time provided by vacations can be judiciously utilized by taking a step back, reflecting, and reconnecting.
Sometimes, parents crush the idea of a vacation due to the price tag attached, at the expense of the cost of not going on a vacation at all. The truth is, parents, see vacations as a luxury and would rather use the money for investments towards the future of their children. Whether extravagant or not, a family vacation is a perfect opportunity to spend quality time to unwind, unplug, and bond together. A vacation doesn’t have to be extravagant to have great impacts on children and the family as a whole. The following is a list of benefits to encourage you to embark on that family vacation and not forgo it.
While pursuing daily activities that are tightly packed together, the time for relaxation is neglected in households, for a host of reasons. Smartphones, social media, video games or TV has stolen the quality time that should be spent together, relaxing. The dinner table has been taken over by smartphones, and we all live virtual lives while reality stares right on. Families need some time for relaxation and recharge once in a while. A family vacation creates the perfect opportunity to put off daily activities like school, work, and other factors responsible for stress at home. This time away from normal routines can be better invested in some quality relaxation.
Although cost is the greatest factor that discourages families from going on vacations because they’d rather spend it on other equally important things. The experience that comes with going on vacations is invaluable, as it could have lasting impacts on children, both at the moment and long afterward. Sight-seeing, new environments, new cultures, new food, new places, with a host of new experiences leave indelible impressions on the memory.
An average family’s time is overscheduled as parents do not leave work at the workplace, instead, they bring it home with them, which cuts deeply into family time. This blocks the chances for parents to spend time together with their children, let alone bond. Experiences shared outside the overscheduled, daily routines can bring them closer. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, or sitting around a campfire, families are free to enjoy each other’s company without distractions. Moreover, what makes a vacation is not so much the destination but the memories that are created together as a family.
Best Learning Opportunity
Travel and leisure are sure times for fun for the family, but also a time to engage in deep learning experiences for children. Learning, for children, by reading books or in the classroom has its place, but is not sufficient. Children are naturally with a sense of wonder that gets them awed by anything new or different. Vacations give children the best opportunity to gain real-world experience as they learn best by doing. They provide that enabling, learning atmosphere that gives children new social, cognitive, or physical experiences that can promote open-mindedness.
Learning about diverse cultures and their way of life, during vacations, teach families, including children, how to better relate with others that are from different cultures. Exposure to new cities, states, or countries expands the understanding of children about how others interact in their communities. This discovery that there are different ways of life help children understand that others may look or live differently, but we are all the same. It also builds up empathy in children as they may get to see firsthand that not all children have the privilege they enjoy, a roof over their heads, good food to eat, clothes to wear, and access to schools. Vacations help build the interpersonal skills of children from their engagement with others that are different from them. These skills are important as they navigate through life, be it in increasingly global workplaces, or anywhere they may find themselves.