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How to Nurture a Love of Travel in Kids

Travel has numerous advantages, including beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine, eye-opening encounters, and strengthened family relationships, to name but a few. It is simple to instill and nurture a love of travel in your children as a parent. A child’s perspective is broadened by travel, which introduces them to new people and deepens their understanding of other cultures and people. But, before you pack your things and jump on the plane, make sure your children understand that travel is a special experience and a luxury that not everyone in the world has the opportunity to enjoy.

Let their interests direct you

Allowing your child’s interests to determine the destination will get them excited about traveling. Consider all the places, near and far, that will pique your child’s interest. For example, if they are obsessed with trains, book a rail tour of Europe. If animals are their thing, look into a safari in Africa.  If you are in need of some helpful tips before embarking on an African Safari, check out this handy guide by BornWild.

Don’t forget to ask friends for recommendations on any interesting, unique, or out-of-the-ordinary places they have visited. It’s worth driving an hour out of the way to see something extraordinary or unique to the area.

Get them involved in the planning

Engage the help of your little one in the planning and research of your vacations and trips. Ask your children where they would like to go and let them choose a few activities. When the school calendar is released, pull out the globe or Atlas with them and plan where you will spend long weekends. After you have decided on a destination, look for a family-friendly guidebook about the area you intend to visit. Look for family-friendly activities like children’s museums or junior-ranger programs at national parks.

Don’t force the enjoyment

Try not to fall into the trap of overscheduling the trip. If you want it to be a fun experience for the child, some of it has to happen organically and spontaneously. You do not have to plan everything ahead of time.  Allow for leisure time and free time. Allow the child to move at their own pace, not yours. Remember that versatility will earn you bonus points with your children and will most likely save your composure. There are things that happen when you allow children to be spontaneous. They see magic in things that we may not have done. They find things more adventurous than you would if you traveled with only adults.

Keep in mind to let go of your expectations. It’s okay if your children do not enjoy every minute of the trip. If you have multiple children, they will most likely not enjoy the same activities. Make sure that everyone has a chance to choose an activity so that no one feels left out.

Connect with people

There may be no better way to nurture a love of travel than with connections. Introduce your children to families with children wherever you travel. Help them learn some culture and even some words of a foreign language. Making friends when you travel is one of the best parts of exploring the world, and it will create long-lasting memories.

Preserve your memories

Place a premium on experiences over material gifts. Your memories will last much longer, too. Save ticket stubs and receipts from flights, museums, stadiums, and restaurants for a scrapbook or travel journal. Make notes on the pages with captions about a funny moment, a memorable activity, or a favorite food. Include postcards or photos as well. For more ideas on how you can preserve mementos from your travels, see Ten Crafty Travel Projects.


Sharing travel experiences with your children will be much more meaningful if you nurture a love of travel from an early age. Talk about your own travel adventures and get them excited. Plan age-appropriate activities for your kids, so they can cherish their own travel memories. Connect with others and allow your children to explore. The world is a wonderful place and it is a blessing to explore it.

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12 thoughts on “How to Nurture a Love of Travel in Kids

  1. Linda (LD Holland)

    I often wonder where my love of travel came from. As kids travel was pure hell and we did not do much of it. But we changed that when our kids were young and we travelled a lot. We quickly learned not to over-schedule the trips we took with the kids. Our current travels still get our older kids excited as we tell them our tales. Gets them excited to head out on their own.

    1. Tami Post author

      I think it was very satisfying to take our own children traveling and watch them respond with wonder and excitement!

  2. Amrita

    I guess my love for travelling came from the fact that my family were some great travellers. And they used to include us (as kids) in their travel plans. So yes, it is important to nurture the love of travel in kids while also making them understand that it is a special privilege to travel. Those are some great tips you shared. I hope parents will be inspired more to include their kids in travelling.

  3. SherianneKay

    I love all the points you made and find them to be so important for traveling successfully with my niece and nephew. I have found the most vital thing is to move at their pace without overscheduling. One or two things a day is enough, followed by pool or beach time with lots of talk about the day’s experiences is perfect

  4. Anda

    This is great advice for parents with small children. We managed to instill the love for travel in our son and he now does the same for his children. Taking your children along with you on your trips is so important and lately I see more and more people traveling with small children.

  5. Renée

    Such great tips you shared. My love of day trips came from my family experience too. I got to weigh in on the places we might go to. So I can see how that involvement likely shaped how I travel today.

  6. Subhashish Roy

    Such a refreshing read. Yes it is so important to nurture a love for travel in kids. Travel broadens one’s outlook towards life, helps in bonding, understanding culture and of course enjoyment. But it is so important not to enforce our likes and dislikes and involve them right from the planning stage.

  7. rakshanagaraj

    Such a beautiful post. I think it is very important to nurture the love of travel at very early stages. My mother has collected so many memories through her pictures and I still cherish them so much. And I like the idea of getting them involved in the planning so they understand and get the first hand experience.

  8. Trisha Velarmino

    I resonate with this post. Travel is a gift, a life skill, and a way of life. What better way to prepare our kids for life than instill and nurture that love for travel in their early years.

  9. Clarice

    Love your tips! Totally agree with you that it helps if we get them involved in planning. Now, my daughter makes her own research whenever we plan to go out of town and she suggests places that we should visit.

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