Meet this amazing bunch of family travelers who are changing the game and turning a conventional family life into one filled with adventures and experiences.
So, we did this corny (and slowly becoming mainstream) millennial-crisis thing earlier this year and quit our jobs to live life on our terms. I know, right? Ha. How I used to laugh at those Instagram accounts with bios reading “Quit our jobs. Sold everything to travel the world.” while sceptically sitting at my office desk eating a burrito silently wishing I was lying on a beach in Mexico being served said burrito by a hot Mexican pool boy.
But, hey – it’s 2018 and a lot of us have woken up from our monotonous daily routines (boring!) and realised that we don’t want to partake in this perpetual rat race anymore. We realised that we live in a “freedom of choice” world, but we’re unknowingly bounding ourselves to the shackles of climbing the career ladder.
We spent over a quarter of the year travelling with our kids and came to realise travelling is really no harder than being at home with them, so we endeavoured to keep doing it. Not only did it open up their minds, but it opened ours and enabled us to grow together – creatively, mindfully and lovingly.
We definitely weren’t the only ones with this stream of thought. So, we asked 10 influential family travellers how travel has shaped their kids – this is what they had to say.
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Meldrums on the Move
“During our travels our two-year-old learnt how to swim, say the alphabet, count and much more. Travel opened him up, brought on his speech and language abilities in leaps and bounds and give him a whole bunch of stories he loves to tell!”
“Instead of sitting behind a desk for two years, Em was out climbing mountains, swimming with turtles and mantas, running barefoot through the grass, hanging out of train doors and meeting people from all over Asia. She became adept at problem solving and developing strategies to manage any challenges we faced, she embraces change and is up for any adventure. She has friends from all over the world, from different cultures and different economic and religious backgrounds. I’m so proud of her.”
Our Next Adventure
“Travel has taught our kids that home is not a physical place, but rather wherever we are all together. It’s dinners around a table and a cozy bed to sleep in at night. Knowing this, our kids can feel at home no matter where we are in the world.”
“Our travels have given our daughters so much confidence to try new things. They aren’t afraid to meet new people and make friends so easily wherever we go. They also adapt to every new country so willingly; accepting the diversity of the culture – they are so curious, always asking us lots of questions. These skills are valuable in the multicultural world we live in. Also, one practical skill they have mastered during our travels is swimming – they are both so confident in the water now. I was amazed at how much they improved as a result of swimming every day.”
“Travel has been part of our twins lives since their first trip at six weeks old. Seeing the world through their eyes is an incredible experience for us as parents. They notice little details, subtle differences and the fact that a friendly smile to a stranger brings joy (and sometimes lollipops) in return. Even when you think they are not taking it in, they will surprise you a few weeks later with an observation or thought about their experiences. For them, the world is full of wonder and we hope it stays that way forever.”
Happy Family Adventures
“Our daughter has travelled full-time with us since she was 6 months old. We have loved watching her grow and develop as she explores the world. She has grown into a curious, independent, adventurous toddler who is always open to try new things. She looks at the world with amazement and approaches new situations with confidence. We also love how travel has shown her to treat all beings with kindness. She always smiles and waves at new people bringing light to their day!”
The Jetsetting Family
“Our full-time family adventures have had profound positive impacts on both of our kids. Our six-year-old son Santi has become far more flexible since we began traveling. Before we left, he was used to rigidly following a schedule. Now that we’re on the road, we are experiencing new things every day and he is thriving! Our two-year-old daughter Nora has also blossomed throughout our trip. She used to be shy and afraid to approach people. But now that we are meeting new people every day, she has gained the courage to say hello to new friends wherever we go!”
Thrifty Family Travels
“Travel has provided my daughter not only fabulous holidays, but lifelong learning experiences as well. What better way is there to learn about history, then visiting the historical sites and monuments were events actually took place; where pioneers once stood and changed the world we live in today. My daughter retains this information so much better than what she learns in a classroom with textbooks. I also love the opportunity travel gives her in making new friends across the world. She has been able to connect with people of all ages, from all backgrounds, religion and race and without any regard to language barriers. What better way to learn that regardless of where we live, the colour of our skin or where our god comes from, at the end of the day we are all the same.”
Big Brave Nomad
“Travel has changed our family for the better. Our children are continually learning about new cultures, experiencing new languages and food, playing with kids from other countries and constantly exploring new places. From camping in Alabama to Easter Markets in Budapest to biking the tulip fields in Holland, these experiences are an education in themselves. We believe only good can come from exposing young children to new experiences. On top of the education, our family unit grows stronger with each new place. We are physically together and more in tune with each other when we are traveling around. Travel helps us break free from our iPhones and computers and allows us to be more present with each other. There is no worldly possession we could give our kids that is greater than these experiences and time together.”
The World N Us
“It blows our mind how much our son Javi recalls from our travelling adventures. We can already see at such a young age he knows there’s a bigger world out there and that he has an awareness for different cultures. Travelling and exploring new places has definitely sparked his curiosity.”
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