nicolette orlemans
Why travel journals are important for your kids?Family travels have many wonderful benefits to your children. Exploring a new place, meeting other people, and uncovering a new culture expand their horizon and fuel the growth of their social, intellectual and emotional development. Wherever you plan to go – whether it’s just a city tour, an out-of-town weekend getaway, or a week-long trip abroad – travel journals are great tools for recording memories and adding an educational value to your kids’ travel journeys. 6 reasons to encourage your kids to make a travel journal: 1. It’s a great way to keep beautiful memories. Traveling means having new experiences. When they grow a little older, they would definitely want to go back to those ‘good old days’ when they get to feel the sand dunes under their feet in Namibia or get an up-close encounter with the unique wildlife in Kenya. Same thing when they splurged in some of the best resorts and waterparks in the USA, tasted authentic dim sum and noodles in a restaurant in China or hiked at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. These are all beautiful memories they will cherish for many years to come. When they put all those in a piece of paper, your kids wouldn’t miss a thing as they rekindle their best childhood travel days. 2. Journaling is fun. In addition to reading books, making crafts, and playing toys, there’s another fun and more educational way to keep your kids from being bored while waiting for the flight, during the long line to enter a museum, or when you won’t be able to leave the hotel just yet. Here are some cool tips to make journaling fun and engaging for your children: Add photos, stickers, cut-outs and art clips. These will surely add color and more life to their journals. Encourage them to draw and color. Who says journaling is all about words? Maybe your child saw an elephant on your trip to Kenya. Let him draw what he saw. Don’t forget to bring some coloring pencils. It’s going to be a fun coloring activity! List down fun facts. So you just visited some of the best Museums in London? Let your kids keep track of the new things they’ve just learned. Whether it’s about science, technology, history – traveling is learning on the go. 3. Journaling is great for their mental health. It’s not everyday that they feel okay. Even during travel, there are times when your kids aren’t just feeling good. They could be anxious about visiting a strange place,hey could be feeling sad because they’re missing their playmates or furry friends back home. Journaling allows your kids to express what they feel and be honest about their emotions. Journaling has been proven to help adults deal with their emotions and it’s definitely the same thing for kids. 4. It strengthens their communication skills. Journaling is one great way to enhance your child’s written communication skills even when they’re not in school. Keeping a journal allows kids to record their observations and wonderings while on a trip. At the same time, they get to enhance their vocabulary, spelling, grammar and sentence structure through regular writing habit.  5. It makes them more creative too! Journaling is a creative pursuit, especially if you incorporate sketching, doodling, making verses and poems, coloring, and a whole lot more. A child’s creativity is at its peak in their early years. Encouraging them to engage in such activities is the best way to nourish their creative side. 6. A personal souvenir that the kid can treasure for a lifetime. Lastly, journaling provides for richer memories than just selfies or the simple act of observing. When they journal, kids remember a scene longer because they take more time to catalog it into their long-term memory bank. Their journal becomes a personal souvenir. A tangible output they can show to you, to their friends, teachers and relatives, and even pass on to future generations! And as mentioned earlier, journaling is good for you too. So why not do the same thing on your next family trip? It’s going to be fun, inspiring, and meaningful. Happy trip!
5 Benefits of Slow ТravelYou may have heard of Slow Food – the movement based in Italy positioned as the opposite of fast food. It puts local, sustainable, and regional specialties over throwaway takeaways. Slow Food has given way to similar movements ranging from Slow Cities to Slow Travel. So what are the benefits of slowing down your pace of travel? Here are a few reasons to do away with trying to see all of Europe in 2 weeks and give the slow travel lifestyle a go! You can support local businesses. When you stay longer in each place, you have more time to put money in the pockets of local businesses, farms and restaurants. You’ll most likely saving on transport costs because you’ll be walking everywhere or taking public transportation, and can put that money into supporting small businesses instead. It’s a more ethical and satisfying way to travel. You can make lasting relationships. When you spend more time in each destination, you’ll have time to start building meaningful interactions with the local people around you. From Airbnb hosts to greengrocers and baristas serving your morning coffee, you can get into a rhythm and enjoy the lost art of small talk. It puts you in a different mindset and can lead to more stimulating conversations with the people that make the place special. You can learn more of the language. An enriching component of travelling at a slower pace is that it gives you the time to learn a few more phrases and put them into practice. From simple greetings to getting your order right at the market, it can be empowering to learn a bit of the local language. (And it also helps with making new friendships as mentioned above!) You can see a wider range of sights. Slow travel means not necessarily opting for the fastest way to get from point A to point B. You might decide to take a train journey or road trip at your leisure, for example. Instead of flying and dealing with the hectic pace of today’s airports, why not take a slower ferry trip instead to admire the sea views? Providers like www.ok-ferry.com offer service to plenty of European countries and smaller islands, letting you relax onboard rather than dealing with the breakneck speed of a Ryanair flight. You can cut out the clutter. Modern travel is all about ticking off as many sights from your to-do list as possible, seen particularly in the rise of mega cruise ships that visit a different port each day. When you only have a couple of hours to see a new place, it’s no wonder that you feel in a rush! With slow travel, you cut out all of that rushing about and pressure, giving you the time to learn, interact, and actually relax in each destination. If you want, you can see just one sight a day, really taking the time admire each painting in the museum rather than just speeding past the highlights! So next time you’re thinking of planning a trip, why not make it a bit slower?