Why do we do this crazy thing, why travel with kids? More importantly, why we think you should travel with your kids, or at least give it some serious thought. By travel I don’t mean a 2 week vacation, that’s fine and better than nothing but what we’re talking about here is a complete lifestyle shift.
From normal, to weird.
From settled to nomadic.
From average to out of the ordinary.
It is possible, it is affordable and it is good.
I’ve been working with a new piece of video making kit (OK, playing-with would be a better description) so I thought I’d put my point across through pictures as well as words. I hope you like it.
If you’re not a video-watching kinda guy, just carry on reading and skip the pretty pictures.
Why Travel With Kids?
Why Travel With Kids? In Words
Remember please, that we’ve been travelling with the kids since they were tiny and travelling with them full time for the last 5+ years.
We’re what people sometimes call a nomadic family. These aren’t speculative reasons, anybody can knock off a “Why travel with kids?” post before they even pick up their backpacks. We have another post on why people travel and why travel is never a waste of time but, with kids, there’s a new set of reasons. Many writers post “Why travel with kids?” posts relating to family holidays.
This is different, this is the real travel-as-lifestyle deal. We live it, we love it.
Because we want to spend time with them
They grow way too quickly, soon they will be gone. Don’t miss a second of precious childhood.
Because we care about education
We care deeply, we wanted more for them than the schools were offering.
Because travelling is affordable
It is cheaper than staying home. You probably need this post on how we afford to travel.
They meet all and every sort of person. Not just a classroom-full of same-age kids.
Because world learning beats classrooms
When you learn at source you don’t need text books.
Because they need to understand people
All the world’s peoples, they’re all equally important. An understanding of people, custom and religion is vital to world understanding and empathy.
Because it’s fun
So much fun, so many adventures.
Because we care about food
Instead of packed lunches they eat and cook Thai, Indian, Cambodian, Guatemalan, you name it!
Because they should overcome obstacles
They face challenges and usually triumph. It makes them stronger and more confident people.
Because they get to do more
Because different is good
They’ll be different. We see that as a bonus. Who wants to be the same as everyone else?
Because they need to have possibilities
They won’t feel the need to stay put in a home town and they won’t automatically conform to conventional consumer society. They live differently and meet many people also living differently. The’ll have options.
Because we make childhood memories
They spend more time with us and more time with each other. They have strong bonds and shared memories to carry into their futures.
So that, in a nutshell, is why we do it. It’s worked out better than I ever expected and the variety of experiences they’ve encountered is quite incredible. I never thought they’d get to see Mount Everest, I never thought they’d get to live in a peasant village, I never thought we’d still be mixing it up and finding new ways 6 years later.
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