Do you ever think about what you really want you to show your kids before they grow up? What you really want to teach them? What you want to do with them? There are of course WAY too many things to answer with just a simple one word answer. But, I know what one of my answers is… I want to show my children the world. And, I mean that in both a sort of metaphorical sense and in a very literal way. I want to travel with them. I want them to experience different places, different environments, different cultures. I’ve been very fortunate in my life so far to have been to some absolutely amazing places. There’s been Alaska, Hawaii and over half of the contiguous 48 states. Outside the US, I’ve been to over 10 countries including most of western Europe and Australia. And, I want my boys to have these experiences. If we ever “won the lottery”, I’d want to take a year off of everything and just travel the world.
According to a new U.S. Travel Association study, travel actually has a positive effect on academic and career success. In fact, the findings suggest that students who traveled achieve higher grades, are more likely to graduate high school, and are more likely to seek higher learning. In my experience, it’s definitely true that travel adds a richness to life!
So, we already have a list of trips we’d love to take. Some are perhaps still more like daydreams, but some we are actively planning on making a reality. One that tops our list though is Australia since the boys’ uncle lives there! We can’t wait for the day (when they’re all a bit older) that we can take a family trip to the land down under!
Where in the world would you most like to travel with your children?