I was raised in a family of adventurers so it’s only fitting I raise my kids that way! My parents would take us along all over the place!
Find a travel buddy and … Let’s GO!
If you are like us we love adventures! We found this great article from @wanderlust 6 Tips we love especially the last one … #GiveBack #SpreadKindness !
“Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory,” psychologist and best-selling author Oliver James explained to The Telegraph. “It’s all about talking nonsense with your parents, sharing an ice cream and moments of time in which your interests are genuinely taken into account. So if you’re going to spend money on something, it’s pretty clear which option makes more sense.”
And get this: Travelling with your kids can also be beneficial to their brain development. “An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction,” says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland. “Think: family together in the pool, walking together through the forest, touching long tall grasses waving in the wind, toasting marshmallows on campfire, hanging out together under warm sun, feeling sand between the toes.”
These experiences then turn on the genetic expression of key brain fertilizers in the frontal lobes, Dr. Sunderland explains, enhancing executive functions like stress regulation, attention, concentration, good planning, and the ability to learn, and also improving physical and mental health. “The brain fertilizers triggered in enriched environments are also associated with higher IQ in children,” she said. “So, spend time exploring together in a new space, and you’re making your child smarter.”
As summer nears, now is as good a time as ever to plan your next vacation. Usually I find myself planning some exotic “road less traveled” vacation. This year I’m hitting the road in a more literal sense as I take off on a road trip to Wanderlust Festival. Whether you are taking a tuk tuk in Bali, floating down the Ganges, or trekking in Peru, I have outlined some tips on how to take the journey of a lifetime.
1. Define your intentions
Just like in yoga, setting an intention for your trip will give focus and meaning to your travels. If you are seeking rest and relaxation, set an intention to find peace and detachment. Or find connection and love by planning a trip with close friends or a partner. Solidifying your intention at the beginning of your planning process will ensure that you don’t plan a trip to an isolated beach town when you’re actually seeking a social and high-energy experience.
2. Choose your companions.
Now that you have chosen the destination of your travels you must decide who or what will accompany you. My journal and camera accompany me regardless of whether I go backpacking or sit on a beach all day. I am lucky to have found a travel buddy that, more likely than not, will join me on any vacation, no matter how last minute it is. Choose companions that will match your level of adventure and desire to connect with the local culture and each other.
3. Go deep.
Whether you are traveling to a nearby city or a foreign land, you’ll have myriad opportunities to meet new people, connect with other cultures, and visit natural wonders. Plan one or two experiences where you can delve deep into and really integrate with those cultures. One of my favorite journeys was a trip around Europe where I bounced from country to country every other day. Until I took a week in one city I did not realize that no matter how many times you have been somewhere you can always find something new about it.
4. Plan and let go.
Our time off from work is precious, and the desire to plan your trip down to the minute seems pragmatic if you’re trying to pack everything in. However, the fun of going on an adventure is leaving some aspects to chance. Sure, the Michelin-starred restaurant will likely impress, but what about the hole-in-the-wall café you stumble upon that has been serving locals for decades? Plan the important logistical items and a few interesting spots and then let your feet be your guide as you walk through the city, stopping whenever something piques your interest.
5. Find some nature.
Walking your way through a city also provides a convenient way to stay fit on your travels. Connecting with nature by walking along a river or packing in for a week of camping can help you slow down and enjoy life at a slower pace than your daily life allows. If you are somewhere where your cell phone does not work, consider using your vacation as an excuse to digital detox. These common comforts are easy to default to when you are waiting for the next train or bus, but take those moments to soak in the scene of a different local atmosphere.
6. Give back
Every journey away from home is an opportunity to give back or share a some kindness with others. Finding local organizations or disaster relief projects can add purpose to your journey. Do some research prior to your trip to learn about local organizations or organized trips.
Cameron Cler is traveler at heart, obsessed with seeing the world and discovering ways to contribute to positive global change. As a registered yoga teacher, she balances her constant travel and work in the startup world by channeling her inner yogi and welcoming peace in chaotic moments. Her passion is cultivating creativity and inspiration while sharing travel stories, yoga classes, wellness tips, and smiles with her friends, family, and students.