We are a family of four with the love of travelling in our genes.
This blog is created to tell the stories of our family travel with a focus on the places our kids enjoy. Mummy is the main person behind this blog and with Daddy, our boy DL and our girl CL, we make up 4 footsteps (a.k.a the reason behind our name).
The world is an amazing place and we enjoying sharing its beauty with our kids. We love the way traveling connects us with a different culture and amazes us with the beauty of Mother Nature. But with the kids in school, there is only this amount of traveling we can do. So while we try to tell more stories about our family travel, some of the travels were done by Mummy with other travel companions.
Travelling with children is different from adult traveling as any parent can attest to. Yet, it’s one of the most valuable experience that can be gifted to our children.
We travel budget to mid-range; travel style is usually free and easy. With the young ones, we try to build in some flexibility in our itinerary to cater to their needs. To get to know the local cultures, we prefer to eat local and travel on public transport as much as we can.
With this blog documenting our travels, we hope to preserve some of our beautiful memories and more importantly, share and exchange some knowledge and experience with fellow families. 🙂
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Benefits of traveling for our young ones
‘The passport is the new diploma’
– Keith Bellows, Editor of National Geographic and Father of 3
Travelling exposes us to new environment and culture; encourage us to learn and absorb new knowledge about the world around us.
A U.S. Department of Education study by Dr William Norman found that kids who travel over vacation, regardless of where they go, performed better in reading, math and general knowledge than their peers who did not.
The results of the above studies are quoted below:
1) children that traveled with their family over summer vacation scored higher on academic achievement assessment tests than those who did not travel.
2) the days spent on family summer vacation trips had a significant relationship with academic achievement.
3) children who visited plays or concerts, museums, historical sites, beaches or lakes, Parks, zoo or aquariums had significantly higher academic achievement scores than those who did not.
Besides the compelling reasons above, family vacations are great time for family-bonding; away from the tv, electronic gadgets (yes, put them away), phone calls and emails.
The next time you need motivation to plan for a family vacation, have a read through on the above points. I’m sure they are convincing enough.