The benefits of travel for children
Benefits of travel for children: There is light at the end of the tunnel, it will not take long to resume one of our favorite pastimes. When the last shakedown arrives, I guess we’ll see who stays in the vacation industry. There will certainly be companies and organizations going to the wall. For me, I’m fine and I will probably survive. Winter reservations are starting to accelerate but at the same time they are fragile and people are naturally still nervous.
Long before I dreamed of being in the travel industry, the seeds were sown for the potential to achieve this result. I think of my first vacation abroad. I was about 11 years old when my parents chose to go to Hendaye, a charming little seaside resort on the Franco-Spanish border, not far from San Sabastian. It was a cheap and happy camping vacation. We went by coach from Sheffield Pond Street bus station, across the Channel to Calais and then across France to our destination in San Sebastian and from there a taxi to our campsite. Well, that is to say that my brother Sam and my mother joined me during the trip, my father had other ideas, he cycled there and had his own adventure, while we had ours.
I loved the excitement of the trip, the novelty of the ferry crossing and the feeling of excitement that we were going to spend two weeks in a foreign country. A new and exciting adventure signals. The images, the sounds, the smells, they filled my senses. The sense of adventure and freedom was quite exhilarating. I was addicted. I loved camping and the ad hoc nature of sleeping in a tent and cooking on a camping stove. I even enjoyed taking the kitchen utensils and dirty dishes from the common sinks / washing area. The adults were friendly and inclusive even if I didn’t speak the language. I have to laugh at myself in hindsight. I would like to try French, “Allo Allo” style, with a high voice and I expect them to understand. It made sense to me.
There were other children of different nationalities on the campsite and it was easy to make friends with them. We had our own little gang. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was in the middle of a massive learning curve that shaped my personality and my outlook on life.
I think travel is extremely beneficial for young people. Travelling helps children become more adaptable and flexible, encourages and teaches responsibility. It can ignite a child’s sense of curiosity, imagination and sense of adventure. It is the end of the daily routine at home and allows them to try something new. And, what’s important, it teaches them that we can sound and sound different, but in reality, we’re all pretty much the same.
Having children travel also brings benefits at a much deeper level. They will be exposed to new experiences and adventures and as parents, we have a lot to say about how they cope and whether they choose to become open and tolerant citizens of the world.
Perhaps children will mostly learn the importance of resilience. Even when they encounter difficulties, it helps them to see the positive. Adults who take educational trips and travel abroad as children have been shown to not only get better grades in school, but are more likely to have a university degree and higher income than those who weren’t traveling. In other words, travel encourages learning, opens the mind and makes children interested in things beyond their social environment.
I honestly think it was my creation. These exciting adventures with my parents opened my eyes to the world beyond. I was fortunate to travel the world in my late teens and early twenties. These experiences cemented my desire to learn more and led me to a career in travel. I am a lucky man.
Danny Frith is director of SkiBoutique. SkiBoutique is a luxury ski chalet agency based in Switzerland.