Embark on Family Travel Adventures: 6 Tips to Keep Kids Curious Between Trips

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I think it’s safe to say that most parents want their children to be kind, well rounded, and inquisitive little humans that grow up to be kind, well-rounded, and inquisitive adults. One of the ways we can encourage this is to do family travel with them, but we can’t be wheels up 24/7. There are, of course, things to consider – finances, work, and school schedules, time, etc. So how can we continue to inspire their curiosity and sense of wonder between trips? Check out these suggestions to keep your kids craving adventure.

Camera

Family Travel - Camera for kids

Taking photos is fun for all ages and now they even make durable, child-friendly digital cameras. It is exciting to see what is important to them and
what interests them through what they capture. Great thing about this is they can use this at home and while they are traveling … SCORE!

Child Friendly Travel Books

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There are numerous child-friendly travel books that can keep your kids excited about an upcoming vacation. These books effortlessly blend educational content with captivating storytelling to engage young readers. With vibrant illustrations and interactive elements, they not only provide valuable information about different destinations but also foster a sense of adventure and curiosity in children. Whether it’s exploring famous landmarks or learning about diverse cultures, these travel books are a fantastic way to inspire wanderlust in your little ones.

  1. “This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World” by Matt Lamothe
    • Provides a glimpse into the daily lives of children from different countries, showcasing their customs, homes, and activities.
  2. “Maps” by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
    • A beautifully illustrated book that introduces children to maps, geography, and interesting facts about countries around the world.
  3. “Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World” by Anabel Kindersley
    • Explores the lives of children from various countries, sharing their stories, traditions, and daily routines.
  4. “The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 Fact-Filled Maps!” by Gabrielle Balkan
    • Takes young readers on a journey through each of the 50 states in the United States, offering fun facts and colorful illustrations.
  5. “The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World” by Lonely Planet Kids
    • An informative guide that introduces kids to countries worldwide, providing cultural insights, landmarks, and interesting tidbits.
  6. “Hello Atlas: A Global Collection of Words and Pictures” by Ben Handicott
    • Teaches children basic phrases in different languages and introduces them to the cultures and landscapes of various countries.
  7. “Follow the Line Around the World” by Laura Ljungkvist
    • An interactive book that invites kids to follow a continuous line across various landscapes and landmarks around the world.
  8. “City Atlas: Discover the Personality of the World’s Best-Loved Cities in This Illustrated Book of Maps” by Georgia Cherry
    • Explores the unique characteristics of different cities, including cultural highlights, famous landmarks, and local traditions.
  9. “This Is Venice” by M. Sasek
    • Part of the “This Is…” series, this book provides a charming and kid-friendly tour of Venice, Italy, capturing its beauty and culture.
  10. “How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.” by Marjorie Priceman
    • Combines a baking adventure with a cross-country tour, encouraging kids to explore the United States through the lens of making a cherry pie.
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Globe

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Whether the globe is interactive or old school, there is something about giving a globe a spin that makes exploring the places on them fun. It also puts into perspective for them how big the world is when they realize their home is just a small dot!

Adventure Fund

Move aside piggy bank. We aren’t saving for toys – we are saving for experiences! Having a fund designated for travel is a great way to get your children excited for their next family travel adventure. They will be more likely to put their money towards it if the money is going towards something that you all agree on. Maybe a certain excursion or new luggage!

Binoculars

Family Travel - Binoculars

Let them explore the world around them up close! They can use these binoculars when going on walks, playing hide and seek, and simply spotting nature around them. Playing ‘I Spy’ is also a fun way to put these to use.

Local Experiences

family travel - child in a zoo

You don’t always need to go halfway across the world when you get the itch for adventure. Visit local parks, farms, and zoos. Buy annual passes to a nearby amusement park. Take part in seasonal activities like skiing or a day
trip to the lake. I always encourage families to gift experiences like these to help with cost as well.

I hope this list has inspired you to find ways to encourage your child’s wanderlust at home. Of course, when you are ready to take flight, I’d love to help you! Contact me to start planning your next family travel adventure.

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