If you’re planning a vacation, don’t automatically do the “tourist” thing. Instead, it’s time to turn travel into an educational experience:
- Teach them about kindness — This lesson can come about in many ways. You can show them what it means to be kind to others by spending your vacation volunteering at a shelter or refugee camp, or by giving away things to those in need. The more your children are exposed to this sort of kindness, the more it will become a part of their lives.
- Add variety –– Don’t always head to the countries or even the same continent, but mix it up to give your children a wider view of the world around them. Sure, traveling to a first-would country is much better in terms of convenience and luxury, but how are they ever going to get a taste of “real” life for most of the world that way? Take them to developing nations, and let them experience life for themselves the way so many other children their age do. Hit up Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, and Europe, all so they can see a wide mixture of cultures and peoples.
- Teach them a new skill –– Focus your vacation around acquiring a new skill, such as surfing, parasailing, or rock climbing. It can be a challenge to develop those new skills, but doing it as a family will bring you all closer together.
- Learn about history –– Take a historical tour of some of the oldest cities in the world: Athens, Rome, Egypt, etc. You can learn so much about history that they would never find in a textbook, and they will have the privilege of seeing some of the world’s oldest wonders right up close.
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