When you grow up and start a family, holidays become a lot less about sitting by the pool and drinking cocktails and more about exploring the world with your children. There’s no denying that taking a trip with the family can be refreshing and exciting, but what are the actual benefits? Let’s explore some of the most important aspects of taking a trip with your family.
Break up the norm
When you’re at home, most of your conversations with your children probably revolve around everyday life. What did you do at school today? Have you made your bed? What do you want for dinner? These aren’t really conversations that you’re likely to remember. When you go on holiday, you break up the normal day-to-day and learn to spark conversations about, well, anything! You’ll learn so much more about your kids when they are in this relaxed state of play, and they’ll probably learn a lot about you, too.
Get away from the screens
According to one study, a quarter of children under 6 have their own phone. Going on a family holiday together is a great excuse to leave the phones at home and get back to nature! Imagine you’re staying in treehouse accommodation amongst the birds and the insects. Can you imagine your kids wanting to bury their faces in their phone in this situation? It might take them a few days to adapt, but before long they’ll be climbing trees and exploring the woods without even thinking about their screen time.
Create lasting memories
Research has found that 49% of Brits create their happiest memories on holiday. Maybe it’s the change of routine. Maybe it’s the chance to get away from work emails. Maybe it’s just the opportunity to make every day about fun and exploration. One thing is certain, a family holiday can help you to create some of your best memories as a family. It doesn’t matter if you’re spending a week at Disneyland or a weekend camping, what’s important is that you find a way to escape the daily grind.
Create strong relationships
A family holiday isn’t just an opportunity for parents and children to bond, it’s a great time for siblings and cousins to bond, too. When we break up the normal day-to-day routine, we give kids the chance to explore who they are and share this with the world. It’s a great chance to plan lots of activities that your child wouldn’t normally have the chance to do, such as canoeing, hiking, snorkelling or horse riding. Everyone will have a chance to push their boundaries, learn new things, face their fears and create strong bonds with their family that will last a lifetime. Making friends while on holiday is also an important part of growing up as it teaches children the interpersonal skills that will serve them well later in life.
A family holiday doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. Most kids are happy with a camping trip and some wilderness to explore – so what are you waiting for, get planning your next family holiday!