GRAND Magazine - September/October 2018 - 8

travel

Planning travel with a focus on child centered interests does
not mean you can't enjoy seeing and learning new things. The
new things are just different than those you'd observe when traveling with adults. And they come with one incomparable bonus
- sharing that event with a little one you adore, while enjoying the
thrill of learning together.
Traveling with kids comes with luxuries no tour includes, intangible rewards that last a lifetime. It offers incomparable memory
making and bond building - much beyond what is available in the
day-to-day environment at home. These gifts provide the foundation for endless "remember when" conversations that conclude
with "where can we go next?"
When you travel you learn. Reading about and seeing pictures
of other countries/cultures is only the beginning. Actually being
there, is a multi-dimensional experience that takes learning to new
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heights and exponentially expands understanding. All sensory
input channels are on full alert, drinking in every sight, sound,
taste, smell and touch that grabs attention and excites discovery
in children.

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Even a young child who travels
internationally returns with a
larger perspective of him/herself
and the world.

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Being in a different environment and interacting with the
people who hold different expectations and believe different

things, opens one up to more acceptance of diversity, curiosity,
inquiry. Experiences while traveling help us examine life and, perhaps, adapt what might have been an unexamined given. Even a
young child who travels internationally returns with a larger perspective of him/herself and the world.
To see a foreign country through a child's eyes is a joy. What he
sees, and therefore what you see; what he experiences, and therefore what you experience, will amaze you. And, yes, the things you
see are not at all what you'd encounter traveling with adults.
Why not take a beloved grandchild to London or Paris or
Zurich or Beijing? Better yet, take him/her to Killin, Oberwesel,
Wengen, or Delft. Living with the locals in a small village provides
the perfect setting for experiencing the culture of a country. Plus,
it offers opportunities for activities not found in urban areas. Lawn
bowling anyone?
Why not share your knowledge and perspective against the
backdrop of a shared adventure? You've blocked out two, three, or
four weeks to be together in an unfamiliar place. You're together
24/7, seeing unfamiliar things every day. You have the life maturity and wisdom to help your grandchild understand what s/he
encounters and link it to a bigger picture called life.
The lifelong memories and bonding you return with are priceless. They're souvenirs you can't purchase, beyond anything you
can imagine. I have proof - thousands of photographs. You might
enjoy a quick trip through selected samples. Imagine yourself and
your grandchild in each one.
Start dreaming. Then plan your international trip - traveling
with kids. You'll be glad you did.

Janet Dieman's passion is travel. She enjoys
writing about it and publishing children's
books and a monthly newsletter, One Minute
Vacation along with penning guest blogs.
She also speaks about it in her Travel Talk
presentations when she's not busy planning or
taking her next trip.


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