5 Family Travel Myths – Debunked

5 Myths About Traveling with Kids – Debunked!

When you are looking for a great family vacation with younger children or teenagers, you might have come across some myths about traveling with children that seem to live forever. Protravel’s expert travel agents are here set the record straight and debunk these myths.

Myth 1:

Children want a vacation from the classroom and are not interested in learning during their trips.

Reality:

I was fortunate enough to travel with my family growing up, and those experiences inspire me today. Having an opportunity to see the Liberty Bell up close, Big Ben, or the Eiffel Tower is so much more engaging than reading a book. These experiences last a lifetime, and who knows what it will inspire! –  Alyssa Scott (Protravel, Encino, CA)

 

Myth 2:

Kids need Wi-Fi and electronics during the trip. 

Reality:

Most memories are created when kids are unplugged, active and engaged with their family. –June Kleier (Protravel, Scottsdale, AZ)

Myth 3:

Traveling with young children makes no sense. They won’t remember the trip. It’s best to wait until they are older.

Reality:

People think children can be too young to travel. If you can meet the different age-specific challenges i.e. finding the right place, packing or planning your gear, taking the right amount of time etc., your children will have more benefit than you can imagine. People tend to focus kids “remembering” the trip. They may not always remember in the literal term but, the feelings created by their experience will be embedded. Travel prepares them to adapt to new environments, exposure to different cultures lends perspective and most important, it is a time where you focused on spending time together without the outside world. The life lessons, appreciation and connection with your loved ones traveling offers is a gift.  – Michelle Rosen (Protravel, Encino, CA)

 

Myth 4:

Why take children traveling – isn’t it expensive? 

Reality:

Keep in mind, travel is a great form of education. Travel is the difference between a good public school and private school tuition.  If you are lucky enough to have good public schools in your area, take the money you would use paying the tuition and spend it on experiential travel. Part of it is the time spent together for a shared experience, and part of it is being exposed to the larger world outside of your local community.  You could read about places in a book or you can get out and be a part of it.  Your kids will never forget throwing spears with the Maasai children in the dry riverbed or kicking the soccer ball with children in Cambodia.  Playing in the same park as children from Spain introduces you to the notion that although we speak a different language and may live in different types of housing, we are a lot more similar than different. –  Amy Parker (Protravel, Beverly Hills, CA)

 

Myth 5:

Young kids won’t appreciate the trip.

Reality:

Travel is an experience that is vital to your children’s development. It provides education about new environments, tastes, cultures, and people, and a great opportunity to bond. Dede Thea (Protravel, Woodmere, NY) says: “Anytime you do activities altogether, everyone remembers.”

Feeling inspired? To speak to one of our expert family travel agents, call 800.227.1059.