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Benefits of Family Holidays and Ways you can Travel Often

Most people will agree that travelling for a family holiday is a good idea.

Now, if you’re curious as to what the actual benefits are, we’ll introduce you to a couple of established facts why you should prioritise a family holiday, from enhancing relationships to boosting your family’s health.

And if you want to know some insider tips on getting the best travel deals, we can point you in the right direction!

How family holiday travelling benefits your family

Building worthwhile memories

Most families have created their happiest memories whilst enjoying a holiday with their family.  Furthermore, everyone will be able to call on these happy memories when things at home get tough. Family holidays take the family out of the generic routine and allows the surroundings and experiences to make a deeper impact on the consciousness.  Having family times together gives room for good memories and positive experiences which are proven to stick around longer than bad ones.

Breaking up the status quo

A family holiday should be all about treating the entire family to a refreshing break away from the normal habits and day-to-day life. Conversations between parents and children usually revolve around their daily routine, so a holiday away gives the perfect opportunity to break this cycle and have better exchanges with the children, plus it gives everyone more time to get to know individual personalities and see how they’re growing, changing and developing.

Moving from established family routine while on a holiday can help you know the regular patterns at home, which provides you with the headspace to see what needs to change.  This refreshed thinking offers a positive impact on how the family interacts and communicates once home.

Strengthening relationships

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Family holidays provide a good opportunity to enhance and even rebuild relationships between loved ones.  A family holiday provides you the time and relaxed setting to communicate about things other than the ordinary.

Nothing beats physical time together.  Close time with family members provides you with the chance to create a much closer understanding of each other via body language, facial expressions, subtle nuances, and gestures that aren’t possible with social media.

So how can I travel often with my family?

While everyone seems to be so busy these days, especially since the holidays are coming up, it’s important to take a break from the woes and normality of life – work, house cleaning, kid’s schedules, and responsibilities that take over our lives and make us feel like we’re not spending enough quality time with our family.

Plan Family Time

If you don’t plan family time, chances are it won’t happen! Remember to schedule time together and jot it on the calendar. Schedule it in advance to provide everyone time to decide.

Get the Kids Involved

Getting your kids involved in the planning of holidays or activities is a great way to create a quality family time! Let them assist with the itinerary suggestions and packing for instance. Sit together in front of the computer or check out a travel magazine for locations that could be a great travel destination.

Create a New Tradition

You don’t have to wait around for a certain holiday to start a tradition. You can start by choosing a good holiday season like Christmas or summer outing tradition. Once or twice a year internationally or several times a year for domestic travel is a good start. Ensure that everyone will be available to participate.

Every family needs to have quality time.  Regardless of how busy your family’s lifestyle is, you can always find or make time. Stop planning for the “perfect” holiday and just do it. After locking in your destination and travel period, don’t forget to visit Drivenow and other car rental companies to book your car in advance. Having your own vehicle while travelling helps to make the family closer together as you can communicate freely or just stop wherever you want to enjoy a view or an experience. We hope you have a great family holiday!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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