4 Reasons to Travel the World With Your Family – The Good Men Project (blog)

Some people think a good getaway is staying in a resort hotel in a big city like Las Vegas, where the city never sleeps and you can get food and win big on every corner. Others consider a good getaway breaking away from the business of everyday life and making their way to an unfamiliar destination sometimes another country and submerging themselves in an unknown culture.

No matter your idea of a good getaway, here are 4 reasons seeing the world with your family should be your next great adventure:

The great French novelist, Marcel Proust said, The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes. By working with people from cultures different from our own, we are able to literally see the world with new eyes through their wisdom and we can discover possibilities that would not have been available to us, otherwise.

For example, in the West, many kids dont know that vegetables grow in the ground. When asked where vegetables come from, a great number of kids will say they come from the grocery store. In Australia, 92 percent of kids didnt know bananas grow on trees.

This is a simple example, but its very telling because in the West, people who dont grow their own food become less self-reliant and more dependent on other people for survival. This can contribute to a mindset that isnt always focused on looking for innovative ways to preserve nature and food.

To people who havent developed a natural eye for finding ways to preserve food out of necessity, being exposed to the idea of harvesting seeds and preserving food for later use can open up their eyes to see the absolute power and value of nature.

Everything you do with your family creates memories, but theres nothing like creating memories by experiencing a new adventure together. When everyone is having a new experience, the excitement is higher and the thrill of doing daring things is always in the background. Like eating some of the strangest (and grossest) foods that are considered delicacies by other cultures. You might have that one person in the family who isnt afraid to eat anything, and if they eat something completely bizarre, youll be talking about it for years.

When you never leave the city you live in, the world can appear small and predictable. You get used to your routine even when you enjoy how you spend your time, youre missing out on so many possibilities. If you dont live by the ocean, you may not forget that the ocean exists, but the moment you visit the ocean, youll be overwhelmed with a sense of peace and tranquility you didnt feel at home. If youve never been to Egypt or China, you probably dont know what its like to stand in front of a giant pyramid, in complete awe of the beauty of such a huge structure.

The more time your kids spend getting lost in a world full of adventure that doesnt exist in your hometown, the more aware they will be that the world is an enormous and majestic place with infinite possibilities just waiting to be explored.

School is great for teaching academics, but when it comes to teaching them the more practical side of life like surviving in the mountains youre on your own. This is one of the best reasons to see the world with your kids.

When youre exploring, chances are, youll be camping at some point, and your kids will be exposed to the idea of being completely self-reliant. Cooking without electricity, starting fires, putting up a tent, and learning how to identify medicinal, edible, and poisonous plants are skills they arent going to learn in school.

The world is full of educational opportunities

Make your next family adventure a grand tour of some new part of the world, even if its just backpacking in the forest a few miles from home. Theres something magical about spending time outdoors with family, and when you do, youll enjoy the journey just as much as they will.



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Larry Alton is an independent business consultant specializing in social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter. @LarryAlton3

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