The World Is A Great Big Place –
My children are being raised in a small town in Texas. Although I love some of the amazing benefits you get when growing up in a small town, I don’t want to limit their understanding or knowledge of this GREAT BIG WORLD! I didn’t get my passport until I was 27 years old and my daughter got hers at 6 months old. Even if all of your adventures are within your own country, you can explore more than the typical destinations that are popular among families. Why not road trip to less common places? Perhaps, stay at beautiful state parks along the way. Knowledge is power, so let’s teach our kids that there is a great big world outside of their hometown.
Beauty Is EVERYWHERE –
I’ll never forget the first time my children saw the ocean. Or the excitement in my 5-year-old’s voice as we were cave exploring in the Dominican Republic. The world has so much beauty that even if I traveled my entire life I wouldn’t be able to experience it all. From the rain forest to the desert, there are an endless amount of breathtaking views.
Looking back on pictures I’ve taken, I get saddened by how they cannot possibly do justice to seeing it with my own eyes. I look forward to seeing my children’s faces light up, and knowing that those memories will be something they cherish all their lives. Beauty is everywhere; let’s go find it!
Different Is Special –
I think one of the best experiences I’ve had with my kids is when we took them to another country where the language spoken was completely different from ours. This had a huge impact on my children. They couldn’t believe that for the first time they were the minority and not the majority. This experience became an amazing teaching opportunity. Our language, culture, or skin color isn’t the only one out there and children should be exposed to different nationalities. I want my kids to understand that different people and places are special. I want them to learn from it, to grow from it, and to become a better person for what they have experienced!
Travel Changes You –
When you travel you have to be willing to open your mind and heart. You get to learn more about yourself and more about the world around you. Sometimes you get put into situations that test you and when you get through that experience you are braver, stronger, and more determined than ever. I wish this for each of my children. May their adventures help change, shape, and mold them into who they want to be.