Why is Traveling Good for Kids?

Parents, these days, limit their travel once they have kids. They fear taking them and making them face the outside world just because they think kids would behave inappropriately in public places and misbehave, thus causing embarrassment to them. Also, many parents feel they should protect their kids from the bad influence of the outside world, and thus, traveling for kids is barred in most households. In contradiction to all of the above, traveling actually provides kids with opportunity to open up and see things in the creative way they want to. Giving them new experience, allowing them to meet new and different kids of people would not only add to their fun and excitement, but would also enhance their moral and social behavior. Their little brains can actually soak up a lot which could be learnt without classroom walls, lectures and books.

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Travel makes kids flexible, smarter, tolerant and great communicators. The more they meet people from different walks of life and background, the more they get to know of things, cultures and social life around them, enabling them to try adjusting themselves to every situation which otherwise is out of their comfort level. The habit of adjustment to people and situations gets enhanced in kids, which is very beneficial to survive in the existing world. Kids who meet only the same type of people or are familiar with very similar situations and people around them tend to end up being less flexible and ethnocentric and start believing the fact that only what they do and think is right, making them less adaptable to surroundings. Experiencing things and observing things around you can be a very well source of knowledge than classroom books. Kids tend to grasp things easier when they take note of every detail around them, thus adding to their basic geographical and general awareness knowledge.

Visiting different places every time kids travel helps them absorb many different languages, dialects, and they get to experience new cultures, food and religions. Thus rises the inquisitive nature of kids enabling them to ask and seek answers, making them much smarter and developing their outlook of noticing things around them and expands their intelligence.  Talking to more and more people whilst they travel teach them the way and manner they need to converse and behave with different kinds of people. It brings out the moral and ethical behavior in them, making them presentable in the society, and thus making them great communicators with time. It teaches the basic and essential qualities of patience, listening, observing and articulation. There is an increase in emotional development and stability as kids are seen to relate more than they often usually do, thus increasing an emotional attachment to new people they meet, and understanding their emotional thoughts too. They learn to accept people’s diverse opinions and ideas, once they are open to new places and new environment.

The benefits of traveling, especially for kids, are endless, as it involves a lot of emotional and thought development. It is very necessary to ensure that traveling is just not bound or restricted to one place of a particular area. These kind of restricted should be lifted in order to give the kids the fun and excitement in their life, and also an opportunity to develop a strong bond with their families.

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An ardent learner from events around me; zealous writer, quick learner; currently pursuing Mass Communication from SIMC, Pune.

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