I read an article the other day in Travel & Leisure about travelling with kids. It was an article about why children under a certain age shouldn’t be taken to different and new places on their holidays because they don’t really appreciate it.
According to the psychiatrist in the article, “Extensive travel is wasted on kids.” And I tend to agree.
To be totally honest I think kids want the same things when they travel away from home – a pool, a park, a playground & toys.
We took boys to Copenhagen for the weekend recently, the highlight of the trip for them was the Lego shop & the playground.
Of course this changes as they grow up. My elder son who will be 10 this year now reads up about the country we are due to visit before we leave, he wants to know about it’s history, it’s population and so on. But my younger 6 year old just wants to jump on the bed in the hotel room and get in the nearest pool.
I don’t blame them one bit. Just because I love museums it doesnt mean that they sre going to.
The article continues to say that Dr. Oliver James told The Telegraph that “home-based holidays are what most children really want.” That children prefer to have stability and visit the same place each year rather than a new place each time.
I agree yet again. Rather than spend thousands on exotic holidays to far away destinations that we as adults want to see, why not invest in a holiday home that can be revisited each year to build and make memories. Or even visit the same loved location each year.
I am now at an age where the kids are much easier to travel with. So we are now slowly visiting a different European city each year as a family treat. Its more for my older son than my younger, as he is more eager to visit new cities.
Its fun, not easy, but a two night trip is manageable.
The kids love coming to Antalya each year, same home, same pool, same friends. But as they grow our trips will get more adventurous and hopefully they will gain more from them.
As the article says, “…all kids want is to go back to the same place year after year — although how children process place and adventure changes as they age….”
We have so much to look forward to travelling with kids, there’s no need at all to rush. We have all the time in the world.
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