Giving the Gift of Travel
Memories last forever. It’s a cliché usually printed over inspirational Instagram photographs, but it’s also true. As a family with three kids under age 10, we’ve taken it to heart. And we’ve done so with travel.
Unlike many friends who choose to travel the world non-stop with their kids—which I greatly respect—we’ve opted to keep a home base. The kids have stability, attend a fantastic school and have formed friendships. Then we squeeze in a few trips throughout the year. Doing so means the kids learn it’s always fun to go away, and it’s always great to come back home. Here’s how we manage to give our kids the gift of travel.
We minimize other gift-giving.
We don’t give many presents for Christmas, made easier by previous Christmases where the kids received toys that never lived up to the TV commercials. They matured quickly, not asking for much other than a few things – the occasional LEGO set, books, stuffed animals, the usual. So we’ve made Christmas especially about family and not about shopping.
We’ve also done the same with birthdays. Our kids have never wanted friend-oriented birthday parties, and they put a few small items on their Amazon wish lists. We celebrate simply: eating cake among family.
As well, we incorporate birthdays into our travel when we can. This is typically my youngest daughter’s birthday, since it falls over a school break. For example, two years ago she turned 4 in Bora Bora. This year she turned five in Mexico. And for her 6th birthday? She’ll be on safari in Kenya. Talk about not needing any presents to top that!
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