The Influence of Traveling as a Kid

I'm currently in the process of going through college applications and with that comes writting an essay all about myself. This got me thinking as to what made me, me and what truly makes me tick. Something that struck a special place in my heart was traveling.

Since I was little, my small family of just three were lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel. From this, I was able to grow up with a different experience than many of the kids my age. By the time I was in grade school I had gone on countless cruises and been to a number of countries!

With time, I realized how traveling impacted my life and changed me as a person.

 

The Influence of Traveling as a Kid | Why traveling is super important for kids, as told by someone who has traveled as a kid. Click here to learn more!

People seem to get the idea that traveling with children is wasteful since it's typically expensive and they won't "remember" it. And while I don't remember every single place I've been to or every experience I've had I would never say that travel was ever wasted on me, ever.

It follows the same principal of the nature vs. nurture debate that we all probaly know too well. If you honestly believe that traveling isn't going to effect a child, the why should you even spend time with them? Take them park? Or to a museum? They won't remember it, or at least very well, but you take them for the pure purpose of creating bonds and learning new things which will shape their outlook of life.

It forever altered my life and left lasting impressions that I carry through my everyday.

And while no, I wasn't moving from country to country all the time or always on vacation but each trip, big or small, definitely changed me in its own way. Stepping out of the comfort of my home was a huge influence in my life, hence the reason why I think it is super important for kids. So, let me get into some of the reasons why…

 

Quality Family TimeThe Influence of Traveling as a Kid | Why traveling is super important for kids, as told by someone who has traveled as a kid. Click here to learn more!

Obviously this can be achieved virtually anywhere, but when your traveling it's different. Your typically without access to wifi all time and forced to spend some good old-fashioned quality time with family, which I think is definitly more of a burden on my parents than me πŸ˜‰ We always become much closer after spending a week together where we our each other's only friends or at the very least, the only ones that speak English. Everything we do puts us all together in one place at the same time where there is no worrying about work, school or whatever you worry about. We are all just able to come together and focus on one another.

We become friends. I know some people have those parents or family members, or you have them, that are so completely close with each other that they tell each other everything and blah, blah, blah. But when I am stuck with my family, we become each others friend. I not trying to say we necessarily aren't when were back in normal life but it's like you do everything together so your forced to become close. We hear new stories and overall just learn more about each other while experiencing something so new.

Have you ever been on retreat or summer camp? For me, it's kind of like having the same experience when I travel, with whomever that may be. We all become closer and our able to build off that for wherever life may take us. Having family all together to emeruse yourself into a place brings everyone together in ways that staying at home cannot always do.

 

Eye Opening

This is definitely the most important of them all! So, when I say traveling I don't mean heading to a resort on some tropical island and spending all your time there, not that I have anything against anyone who wants to do that, everyone needs to relax sometime! But, what's really important is putting yourself completely out of your comfort zone where you see such a different life than you have.

The Influence of Traveling as a Kid | Why traveling is super important for kids, as told by someone who has traveled as a kid. Click here to learn more!

Traveling for me was a huge eye opener for wherever I went and definitely what shaped me as who I am today.

I saw so many different cultures, traditions and lifestyles so utterly different from mine that changed my perception throughout my life. A lot of children are sheltered, even if you don't realize it, kids can end up not understanding what a different life would be like and a true apprecation for what they have. I am always around my younger cousins friends and I realize how some kids are so blind to other lifestyles. And I know it can be hard for families to find the time and money to travel but I definitely think it is completely worth it.

Having the opportunity to travel all over the world helped me open my eyes. When I walked through Tunisian markets or saw the struggling people of Belize, I was able to experience what life is like for others, how hard they can work for it all to be taken away in the blink of an eye or how something so incredibly small for me could be so big for them.

I learned so many lessons that I keep with me everyday in my life!

 

The Influence of Traveling as a Kid | Why traveling is super important for kids, as told by someone who has traveled as a kid. Click here to learn more!

Opportunity to Learn

Every new place was a learning experience! You know how some people say learning is doing? Well, traveling makes it all the more true! Being in the place that your learning about makes everything so much more interesting; I'm able to put myself int that situation and sympathize with the people.

I remember tour ride after tour ride where we would all load up into some local's torn up car and be driven around, being explained everything about their lives. It was SO interesting! I would hear about what they do, how hard they work, about their families and the government. Each local taught me something different whether it was factual or a lesson about being happy.

 

It was and is still so astonishing to me that the people who live in such poor conditions are actually the happiest in life. This is one lesson I've learned that I especially hold near and dear to my heart, I always look back and remember those smiling faces and it reminds me to be grateful and completely happy with what I have, as they all seemed to be.

 

So, no matter what kind of things I've learned while traveling, I still think about it everyday and am so thankful that I was give that chance.

The Influence of Traveling as a Kid | Why traveling is super important for kids, as told by someone who has traveled as a kid. Click here to learn more!

To recap, I just want to say that travel is a huge part of my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Being fortunate enough to go on all these wonderful adventures holds such an important place in my heart that I wouldn't trade for anything. I have made so many friends, including my family, and learned so many new things from visiting all over the world.

I hope that all children are given the same opportunity that I have where they can learn, see and build relationships during their travels; having these experiences are honestly so important and altering for me that can't ever imagine my life without it.

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60 Comments

  1. September 7, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    This is such a great post!!
    I absolutely understand your point of view, traveling is so important for our own growth, mentally and emotionally, as human beings!
    Wish you a lovely dayxx

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    • September 7, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      I completely agree!! Soooo important! Thanks for reading Patrica πŸ™‚

    • September 9, 2017 / 7:40 am

      Appreciate it, thanks so much for reading Violette!

    • September 10, 2017 / 3:31 am

      Thanks for reading Lucy!

  2. September 9, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I totally agree on all your points! I travel a lot with my kids and altough there still young they don’t really realize where there are, but they meet different cultures and mentality and I think that’s really important. Have a great weekend

    xx Simone
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    • September 10, 2017 / 3:30 am

      Exactly! It definitely changed my perspective through my life. Thanks for reading Simone!

    • September 10, 2017 / 3:34 am

      Thanks for reading Mainou!

  3. September 10, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I didn’t get to travel much as a kid, which is a shame. That is why I make sure that I bring my kids and family to travel as much as I can.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • September 10, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      At least you get to travel now while you have the chance and I’m so glad you bring your kids! Thanks for reading Jessica!

    • September 10, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Naya, it’s definitely a super important topic for me!

  4. September 10, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I love this so much, family holidays are always the best memories! I love seeing your photos too, they’re really special xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • September 10, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed Hannah!

  5. September 10, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Wow you are lucky to have such a wonderful childhood and the opportunity to travel. I did not travel out of the country until I was in college and I paid for this myself. We traveled up and down the coast every few years but that is about it. And your parents obviously love traveling so taking you along was just part of their life style so not a waste and here you are writing about it. Proof positive it was not a waste.

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    • September 10, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Was not a waste at all! Well I’m glad to hear you have had the opportunity to travel at all, it is definitely life changing. Thanks for reading Allie!

  6. September 11, 2017 / 4:03 am

    Traveling while you are a kid is one of the best things ever. My parents took me to a bunch of places but the only thing that I do not like is that I do not remember all of it!

    Camila,
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    • September 11, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      I know I have some of those places that I really wish I could remember, hahaha! Thanks for checking out my blog Camila!

    • September 11, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      Thanks for reading Carrie, appreciate it!

  7. September 11, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I’m so thankful I got to travel so much growing up! It’s influenced me so much and I couldn’t be happier about it! Loving your photos as well!

    Have an amazing day!

    xx Kris | https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    • September 11, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Traveling is so amazing, glad you’ve also been able to experience it! Thank you Kris!

  8. September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Your pictures with your family are so cute! I agree, traveling is great for family bonding. I have all these great stories of vacations with my parents and sister – I wouldn’t trade them for the world!

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    • September 11, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Awww thank you! Traveling is super important for family and bonding, happy you agree! Thanks for reading Colleen!

  9. Siffat
    September 11, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Girl, this post speaks to my soul. I grew up traveling with my family, so I can totally relate to this! It totally molded my character and I’m so thankful to my parents for it!
    xo
    Siffat
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    • September 11, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Yes! I’m so thankful being able to travel like I have πŸ™‚ Happy that you can relate and have experienced some of the same things as me! Thanks for reading!

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks so much Len! Hope you enjoyed!

    • September 11, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      It is seriously super important for young kids! Thanks for reading Dominique!

  10. Tina
    September 12, 2017 / 7:11 am

    This is such a great post! I don’t have kids and always wondered what the point of traveling with kids is. But you’re right, there’s a lot that you can learn as a child while traveling and it’s great family time!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • September 12, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      A lot of people don’t see the point and I just never understood! Thanks for reading Tina!

    • September 12, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks so much Julia!

  11. September 13, 2017 / 1:13 am

    That’s amazing you had that opportunity as a child, what a lovely trip down memory lane!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

    • September 13, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      I am so thankful for traveling, thanks for reading Annie!

  12. Elizabeth
    September 13, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Aw such a lovely post! I’m so excited to take little boy to Barbados in December and my partner’s family are always like, why? He won’t remember it or know what is going on! But I went to Belize when I was 5 (my uncle worked there) and so many little things keep flooding back to me, even now πŸ˜€ so many things I saw and felt that made a long lasting impression on me haha! Adore your photos! xx

    elizabeth β™‘ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • September 13, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you so much! I definitely think traveling is super influential in your up bringing and I’m so happy your going to bring your kids! I recently went to Belize as well and that was inspiring and really made me grateful for what I have. Really appreciate it, thanks Elizabeth!

    • September 13, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      It’s so important! Thanks for reading Vaishali!

  13. September 14, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Such a beautiful post! I couldn’t agree more =o) I grew up traveling and that opened up so many doors for me and I hope to provide the same experiences for my children =o)

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    • September 14, 2017 / 6:37 am

      Totally agree! Glad you have have that special opportunity as well πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading The Adventurer!

    • September 14, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      So true, you learn so much from it all. Thanks for reading Katya!

  14. September 14, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    What an amazing post! Globetrotting is indeed an incomparable experience!
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    • September 14, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Yes is it! Thanks so much Remi!

    • September 14, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      That means so much, thanks Deborah!

  15. September 16, 2017 / 12:54 am

    I agree traveling definitely changes you in a better way as a person. I’m looking forward to traveling more and experiencing more in the near future.
    Such cute family photos!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    • September 16, 2017 / 3:09 am

      Thanks so much Radi! Travel and experiencing other cultures is super life changing!

  16. Beba
    September 16, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Woow beautiful story. I agree with you. Spending time with family is really important. I travel with my mother all the time. Each day we spend together is beautiful and worth to remember!

    Love Beba, http://www.bebagottel.com | Instagram |

    • September 30, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      Super important Beba, thanks for reading!

  17. September 16, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I think traveling is one of the best educational mechanisms, honestly. You get to emerge yourself in the culture and practices and take away more than you would just reading about it in a text book. It’s a more enriched experienced, therefore, everything stays with you and become apart of you. Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you have a great weekend!

    XO,
    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

    • September 17, 2017 / 4:02 am

      I completely agree, basically all the important things that I have remembered where things I learned while traveling. Enrichment in other practices and cultures is so, so important! Thanks for reading and taking the time to write a comment Jalisa!

  18. LENA
    September 16, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I traveled a fair amount as a kid and it changed my life. Now I’m open to other cultures and beautiful sites that most ppl only see in a magazine. If you can–do. Great post!

    -Lena
    L.E.N.A | Revealed

    • September 17, 2017 / 3:59 am

      Thanks so much Lena, means a lot!! Glad you were able to experience the power of traveling too!

  19. October 20, 2017 / 12:50 am

    I love reading this! Finally, from your experience I’ve proven that travelling with kids is not a waste of time and money. I took my kids to different countries too not too often but at least I did and thought it’s hard and tiring physically I think it’s all worth it. Thanks for sharing dear!

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    • October 20, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Yes! It is really worth it, I am so so happy that I have had all the opportunities to travel! Thank you Mercy, I’m so glad you have brought your children along with you, they’ll thank you later! πŸ˜‰

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