Have you ever dreamed of upping sticks and moving to somewhere new with your family? I’m not talking about moving to a new city, I’m talking about jetting off abroad. Not necessarily for good, just an extended trip to somewhere new and exciting. If you daydream of heading off abroad for the adventure of a lifetime, you’re not alone.
A lot of people have aspirations to travel more. But the most of people make the mistake of thinking that they have to wait until their kids are older. However, that’s not necessarily the case. As long as you choose a destination that is child-friendly, spending an extended period of time abroad can be an amazing adventure.
Ideally, you want to choose a country that is English-speaking. Such as the US, New Zealand, or Australia, for instance. It’s also a good idea to learn about each country’s entry requirements before deciding to go there. This is so that you can ensure that your family would be granted entry. Researching these is fairly simple, it’s just a case of looking online. For instance, to learn about entry requirements for the US, it’s just a case of visiting the ESTA website. Then, once you’ve done that, all you need to do is book your tickets, plan your itinerary and jet off for the adventure of a lifetime.
Still not convinced that travel and young kids mix? Here’s a few reasons why now could be the perfect time to go on the trip of a lifetime:
School’s not so much of an issue
The younger your children are, the less of an issue school will be. If your kids aren’t at school yet, you don’t need to worry. However, if they are or are due to start school while you’re away, you will need to notify the school of your plans. The good news is that because they’re still in primary school, it won’t have an impact on their exams. You just need to ensure that while you’re away, you do a small amount of homeschooling with them each day. You can learn more about homeschooling online – there are plenty of sites and resources on offer.
Give your kids a better understanding of the world
The thing about travel is that it can give your children a much better understanding of the world. This is especially true if you travel to somewhere that has a vastly different culture to ours. Kids learn through their environment, which is why traveling at a young age can be beneficial. If you opt to spend time in a country that speaks another language, such as France, for instance, your kids will pick up the language and become fluent. If you encourage this and help them to practice even once you’ve returned home, they could remain fluent for life.
They’ll be more excited
As children get older, their lives revolve around their friends, not their family. So if you decided that you were to take an extended family trip when they were in their early teens, the chances are that they would resent you for it. However, younger children love adventure so the idea of heading off to explore the world will excite them to no end. They may not be able to remember the trip as well as they would do if they were older, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go. You can make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime, even if your kids don’t remember each and every one of them.
So there you have it, why you should take the plunge and plan an extended trip while the kids are still young.
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