Explore the world  

 

(Won-der-luhst) noun: a very strong desire or impulse to wander and explore the world. Couple that with family travel and you now understand what two point four is all about. So the way we see it, wanderlust family travel is a strong desire to explore and wander the world with your family.

 

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In recent years, the concept of wanderlust has grown in popularity, it is now an accepted word in the dictionary. For many, it is what drives many of their life decisions. The word comes from German, in which wandern means “to wander,” and Lust means “desire.” Wikipedia says, wanderlust originates from the natural process of self-development gone wild, and has even been associated with bipolar disorder.

We’re saying that wanderlust family travel is not only self-developing but development for the whole family. Opportunities to explore new adventures, cultures, and communities with your family will help to build memories and bonds. Many articles have considered why some people have a stronger sense of wanderlust than others and the impact it can have on a person’s mood or even health. We know first hand that once you start a family the desire to explore the world elevates.  Wanderlust for family travel takes over and you now show your children the world and see it through their eyes. 

This is because all you want to do is show your kids the world

Well for one, if you find yourself caring less about saving for a house or a new car and more about booking your next flight to explore its not your fault. You could be that 5th person and so there is a scientific reason behind these travel desires. This might not be enough to explain to your bank manager why you have maxed your credit card again, but it should give you some comfort.

Some people assume that now that you have become a parent, your focus shifts and you can kiss goodbye to these impulses.

Not so quick. 

In fact, wanderlust kind of magnifies itself after you become a parent and will rub off on the whole family. This is because all you want to do is show your kids the world. So rather than trying to fight these feelings, it is time to embrace them as a parent and use them to your advantage.

How can wanderlust be an advantage?

Well considering having wanderlust instills in you an appreciation and understanding of different cultures, and people, your love of travel means you have a few extra tools in your toolbox to help raise your children.

  1. Travel is prioritised 

Teaching children the value of money and more importantly the value of hard work to get this money, rates highly as one of life’s lessons for children. For the majority of families, a limited spending power means sacrifices have to be made so that you can purchase what holds the most value to you and your family. Therefore, if your children see you prioritise life’s experiences over the newest model of phone or a pair of shoes, they will quickly learn what is and is not important.

  1. Those who travel want to learn new languages

There is no doubt that the world has become a much smaller place in the last century and the ability to communicate with people in their language is critical not just in travel but in business and life in general. Encouraging your children to speak in as many different languages as they can, will give them the head start in life.

  1. Multicultural

Whether you focus on what or how different people eat, how their houses look, the clothes they wear or the religion they practice, teaching our children that it is ok to be different gives them a whole new perspective to life. Accepting other people for what they are, not belittling them for being different and not expecting them to conform to your way of life are lessons that no classroom can teach as effectively as immersive travel.

 

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  1. Everything in life is an adventure or can be.

Everyday life tasks can be dull. Let’s face it, very few people look forward to the weekly shopping run, but it has to be done. Throwing children into the equation can lead to a one-hour task becoming a half-day marathon but there is no escape. Parents who see life as an adventure can turn monotonous tasks into opportunities for imagination and creativity. Don’t be frightened to have fun with your child next time you are walking laps of the supermarket, see who can find the most exotic food, start a pirate adventure in the aisles or learn about new food from different parts of the world. You might even start to enjoy yourself too!

  1. Keep calm when things don’t go to plan

Anyone who has spent time travelling will at some point have had delayed flights to contend with. Their luggage did not turn up or even find themselves lost. Handling these situations with a high level of emotional intelligence isn’t always easy. Add in some jet-lag, dehydration and being in a strange country can all be difficult. But deal with them you must by remaining calm and composed when you focus on finding an alternative. This will help your child react the same in everyday life.

  1. Don’t be scared of new challenges

As a young child, pretty much everything you do is a new experience in some way. Does your child relish new challenges or do you find them shrinking away preferring to stick to what they know? Every child will handle it in their own way. If they see their parents embrace the challenge and not being afraid of what is around the next corner. They might just adopt the same principle in life and this will stay with them all through life. We have talked before about this can be important when it comes to handling fussy eaters or even when flying with young children.

 

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Too often people try to hide their true feelings and society today is full of examples of this. Embrace what makes you, you, and in turn what makes your child, them and you won’t look back. If exploring the world is in your DNA, find a way to do it. You don’t have to get on a plane or travel to foreign lands either. 

Exploring your own neighbourhood can be just as much fun. A lot of people talk about showing your children the world and we strongly believe in this. We also believe seeing the world through your children’s eyes, with the same excitement and energy, is equally as important. 

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