Most kids love to travel and see the world, so encouraging yours to travel more should not be too difficult. However, not every trip is the same. While there’s nothing wrong in traveling for leisure, some types of trips are best taken while your kids are still young. They can provide them with more opportunities, improve their social skills, and help them learn more about their own interests. With that in mind, here are five different types of trips your kid should take while still in high school.
Family road trip
Family road trips are among the best types of trips for families because they offer you a great chance to bond and spend some quality time together. Plus, a road trip also allows you to travel at your own pace, unlike organized trips that often give you either too much or too little time for exploring your destinations. Also, they are much more affordable, and they are always filled with more than a few memorable moments. They might not be easy to organize, though, but they are worth the effort.
Special interest trip
Kids very often don’t really know which path to take after high school, and this is something traveling can help them with. For example, if they have a hobby they are passionate about or something they really love but aren’t really sure how to turn into a job, they can take a trip that would help them explore their passions. For those who love animals, they can go on a safari in Africa, or they can volunteer at some animal sanctuary. Or, if your kid loves architecture, they can travel to Italy and learn more about its unique architecture. No matter what your child’s interests are, there is a destination that can help them explore them.
There are lots of things that kids learn in school about different cultures. However, those things are often learned just for the grade and very rarely memorized. Learning about different cultures from experience and without any pressure is the best way to actually become culturally aware. Moreover, this is also a trip that your whole family can take, as it can only benefit you. As for the destination, it again depends on you – and you can’t really go wrong with any destination. For instance, if you want to experience something that is very different from what you’re used to, you can explore India or China.
No parents trip
This is probably every teenager’s dream, and there’s nothing wrong about it – as long as it’s safe and supervised. With that in mind, their graduation trip might be a perfect opportunity for this kind of trip. There are many amazing schoolies in 2020 that would provide your child with everything they need – plenty of other kids just like them, great food and accommodation, lots of different activities, and, of course, safety without parents. It would definitely be one of those trips they would never forget.
Even though most grown-ups would gladly go back to their high-school years when the biggest worry they had was how to dress for school, we can still agree that those years do have their stressful moments. It’s just that those moments seem much more serious from a child’s perspective than they do from a parent’s. So, one of the trips your teenager should take is a relaxing trip. This implies not doing anything at all, except relaxing on a sunny beach or reading a book in a luxury hotel. Of course, not doing anything does not mean being bored; it just means that you shouldn’t plan anything in advance. This way, you’d avoid forcing them to do something when they’d rather just watch movies in their pajamas all day – and if your child chooses to go snorkeling, horse riding, or anything else they see as an option, they can surely do so on the spot.
Traveling allows us to experience different cultures and learn more not just about them but about ourselves as well. This is something many teenagers need – to learn more about who they are and who they want to be. So, allow (and encourage) your child to experience these different types of trips, and have no doubt that they’d benefit from them in more ways than one.