Family vacations aren’t only good for the soul, but also for children and the long-lasting memories that they can make from them. As a matter of fact, there’s a new report that says family trips can leave a positive impact on a child’s happiness. In other words, the more time you spend away from home, the happier everyone is.
According to People Magazine, family vacations with your loved ones is the one true gift that keeps on giving. Whether it’s a staycation at a local hotel and theme park, a road trip across state, or even one made across the pond, it’s something that proves to be beneficial for every family member involved. Not only do parents have an opportunity to rest and relax, but kids also get to enjoy the quality time they get to spend with their mom and dad.
In addition, traveling with your kids not only helps you get away from the everyday stress of life, but it also benefits children and their brain development. That’s because many enriched environments offer kids new experiences. As a result, it triggers their social, physical, cognitive and sensory interactions in many different and positive ways.
Child psychologist Dr. Margot Sunderland agrees. She told the publication in an interview, “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.”
Dr. Sunderland also points out that these experiences also turn on the genetic expression of the key brain that fertilizes the frontal lobes. This helps enhance functions such as stress regulation, attention, concentration, good planning and the ability to learn.
“The brain fertilizers triggered in enriched environments are also associated with higher IQ in children,” she added. “So, spend time exploring together in a new space, and you’re making your child smarter.”
There’s even an older study to back this up. In 2015, British researchers conducted a survey with the Family Holiday Association on the subject. It was discovered that over 49 percent of those surveyed said that their happiest moments were during vacations with their family. A third even went so far as to say that they still vividly remember their childhood vacations, and addedd they were the most cheerful moments for them. As a matter of fact, another 30 percent of those surveyed said that they used their happy family vacation memories as a way to get through tough times.
So if you can, try to take your children on a few vacations while they’re young. It may benefit them more than you think!