Taking a break from the daily grind is, for many of us, an essential part of the year. Whether it’s a weekend in a strange city, or even longer at a beach resort, holiday time is what allows us to relax, and return to work more refreshed and focussed than ever before. If you’re taking your family along for the holiday, then so much the better; a family break offers several distinct advantages, even over the ones you took on your own. Let’s examine a few of them.
Quality Time Together
When you go abroad with the family, you’ll be spending lots of time in one another’s company. Pick an active holiday, and you’ll have to cooperate as you have fun – and this will bring you together as a unit in the same way as a team-building exercise might. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you need to spend every waking moment together – if you’re willing to divide the parenting duties, it’s perfectly possible for one of you to catch a few minute’s reading time by the side of the pool (preferably with a cocktail in hand!).
Breaking from Routine
As we’ve mentioned, having to put up with the same old routine can be extremely unrewarding. And kids get bored even more easily than adults. There’s only so many times you can stroll through the local park, or go swimming at the local leisure centre, before it all begins to get a little bit tiresome. An extended break in unfamiliar surroundings can provide just the required novelty.
Chance to Learn Something
Some of the best family holidays are packed with guided tours and museum visits. They’re thus an education, not only for the kids, but for parents, too. Take a look at the available museums in the area you’re visiting and make a point of visiting several of them.
As children get older, they’ll eventually be forced to come out of their comfort zones and confront the real world. The earlier in life they get a chance to tackle the unfamiliar, the better prepared they’ll be to deal with what the world throws at them ten, twenty, or thirty years down the line. A holiday abroad provides a chance to deal with unfamiliar things, and build confidence by dealing with everything from foreign-language ticket offices to maps of theme parks and town centres.
When most of us think back to our childhood, the most vivid memories will probably be those we formed while on holiday. If you want your kids to form the same sorts of happy associations, then taking them on their own trip abroad is a great way to do it. With so many beautiful family-friendly resorts out there, there’s never been a better time to take the plunge!