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Benefits of Summer Travel

by Dr. Kira Wilson

and experience new things together while making lifetime memories.

Reboot and Change the Routine

One benefit of summer travel is the opportunity to reboot. We all need a recharge every now and then, including our children after a long school year. A change of scenery and routine for a week or two, allows the family to reassess priorities and reflect on what is important. Wherever you go, I encourage you to unplugno television or computers, no Facebook or smart

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With summer approaching it seems an appropriate time to discuss the benefits of summer travel and fun. In general, travel broadens our understanding of the world. It helps to develop a child’s background knowledge and an interest in new experiences. Resources can vary from family to family and even from year to year but the benefits of family travel are not relative to the budget. Fun does not have to be expensive. The benefits of family travel include a reboot and change from the routine, extended time as a family to strengthen relationships, and the opportunity to learn

phones. If that seems like an impossible task, try unplugging during the day and only using devices in the evening, or unplug every other day if you are gone for more than a week. Family interaction is significantly more valuable, but unplugging some is better than not unplugging at all. Do it together so everyone is unplugged at the same time. Take along a great book to read as a family—either in the car or in the evening. This is a sure way to reboot! Go to for some ideas.

Strengthen Family Relationships

Another benefit of summer travel is the opportunity to strengthen family relationships. Siblings, who may not “play” together during the school year, learn to enjoy each other’s company when other distractions are eliminated. Something as simple as a nature walk or a day at the beach (no cost) can be fun on an extended trip. Playing games as a family and having conversation in the evening without interruptions, can also help to strengthen the family bond.

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Lastly, family travel provides an opportunity to learn and experience something new together. Maybe it’s white water rafting, or jet skiing, or hiking in the mountains. This experience will help to build lifetime memories that will be shared again and again. On a trip to Oregon a few years back, my family went white water rafting. Prompted by our guide, we jumped off a bridge together into freezing water! I assure you this is not something I would have done on my own – but it was a family activity and I was the mom! It was a once in a lifetime experience that we will always memory. Summer is on its way. Start planning that family vacation. Be safe and have fun! Dr. Kira Wilson is the Director of Covenant Academy in Pinellas County and the Founder of Life and Learning, an educational blog for parents ( With more than 35 years in Christian education, her passion is to encourage and equip teachers and parents to develop in children a love for learning and a love for God. She cherishes family time with her husband, children, and two grandchildren.

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