Catch a Bad Case of the Travel Bug
Normally, I wouldn’t wish a germy bug on anyone, but hey, infect me with the travel bug anytime! And I’ll be the first to say that I’ll eagerly pass it on to my kids as well. Think of the many benefits of travel: You’ll gain a sense of wonder and eagerness to explore the created world. You’ll learn to appreciate different cultures and the historical significance of your chosen destination. You’ll meet new people and you’ll experience new foods and customs. So, readyto embark on a family adventure?
List dream destinations
Allow your kids to consider locations without restrictions. This will enable them to broaden their horizons and dream big. Think about local day trips, short jaunts within your geographic region, or extended domestic and international destinations. Even if international travel is out of your budget this time around, you can keep it on your wish list!
Research family activities
When kids provide input on activities, they will get more out of the family trip. It will allow them to experience the trip in the way that speaks to their heart and mind. One family member may want to visit a famous park while another may want to visit a well-known landmark. Still others may want to be a spectator at a sporting event while yet another wants to eat food at a night market! Incorporating everyone’s interest will provide more variety. Keep an open mind about different activities and you can learn to appreciate something new!
Learn about the local history
What are the historical events that have contributed to the location’s significance? Where there any well-known politicians or celebrities from the area? Maybe your chosen location’s long history of immigration has led to a change in taste for food in the local cuisine? What is your destination’s local industry? How does that industry contribute to the overall local and national economy? Are there significant and special landmarks? There are so many exciting new things to learn!
Budget for transportation and lodging costs
After imagining your dream vacation for a bit, show your kids practical math by running the numbers with them. Research different costs for flights taken during different days of the week versus the different departure times. Would traveling by train or car be more cost effective? Take a look at different lodging options. Hotels are great for families on the go, but a vacation rental or a vacation home will allow you to go incognito and live like a local!
The travel bug is quite contagious! Are you ready for some family fun?
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Discovering the joy of teaching while in high school, Jaime pursued her B.A. in English at Santa Clara University. She also received a teaching credential and a M.A. in Education Administration from Santa Clara University. Jaime taught English Language Arts at Rancho Middle School, motivating and inspiring young people to become effective communicators and contributors in their community. From being a Middle School English Language Arts/English Language Development teacher to becoming a stay-at home mom, Jaime is an education consultant who presents literacy workshops. Her workshops focus on a combination of her ten years of teaching expertise with tried-and-true experiences that she uses with her own children. Jaime is also a Teacher Consultant with the San Jose Area Writing Project. Jaime’s mission is to share effective reading and writing strategies with families to encourage literacy.