Shared Memories: Funding Those Family Bonding Travel Trips
It is said that, when they look back on their lives, more people have regrets about the things they didn’t do than about the things they did. Probably no period in life illustrates this more than those years when the family is growing up. At the time there can be so many demands on time and money, but looking back it all goes so quickly. One set of memories that you will never regret comes from the times you spend traveling with your kids.
Why Travel with Kids
It may seem that traveling with your family is an endless hassle, but don’t be put off by your vivid imagination.
Things will go wrong and there will be tantrums and tears, but very often the disasters are the things that you will still be talking and laughing about in twenty years’ time. Moreover, through these adventures, you will learn to understand and to trust each other more.
Your kids will experience other cultures and languages in ways that their schools can only dream of. By doing this together you are helping each other to become better citizens of the world, and developing an openness to what is good and beautiful.
Cutting the Cost
Travel can seem like an expensive luxury. But you can also find ways to make it affordable so that you are not constantly thinking about all the other things you could have done with that money.
Kids may only notice the most expensive kit in school and demand nothing less, but out on the road, they can be more accommodating. Remember when they were just as happy playing with the box as with the toy inside.
Camping is probably the one single way to save the most money on a trip. It is an adventure in itself and helps to develop the sense that everyone is part of a team with a job to do.
Self-catering (especially on a camping trip) saves a lot of money.
Try not to go too far from water. The beach (or the river) is a free and inexhaustible source of entertainment.
Finding the Money
Even when you’ve saved what you can, a vacation still costs more than staying at home. Generally, it may not be a good idea to borrow money to pay for a “luxury” like a vacation, but just occasionally you may have a good reason to want to go right now, and a personal loan may be the answer. Try this site for find out what is available.
In an ideal world, we should all plan ahead for these special experiences and save up for them. It helps to build a sense of excitement that you can share as a family, and together you can look for ways to save money for your vacation piggy bank.
Making the Most
Life is short, and the years when your kids are willing to come away with you are even shorter. Make the most of every opportunity to build experiences and memories that will cement your family forever.