RVing is a travel experience like no other. Sure, flying in a plane can get you to a new location quickly, but you don’t get to see and experience the people and communities between you and your destination. Driving to your destination in an RV, however, allows you to travel with all the comforts of home while you take in the scenery, stop at small-town diners and try homemade pies, talk to people who live in other states. RVing reveals a world of learning opportunities. And luckily, those learning opportunities are not just for adults, but for kids, too.
There are a lot of things about RVing that kids appreciate and learn while on the road, and you don’t have to be a full-time RV family for that to happen. Maybe you can only manage one or two camping trips a year, but that doesn’t matter. Your kids will still appreciate the traveling experiences they’ll have with you in your rig. For example, RV travel will help your children learn how to:
- Appreciate other cultures, people, and outlooks on life – It’s easy to grow up in one town or city and think that what happens in that town or city happens everywhere. Or that the people who make up your hometown population are just like the people in other communities. While that’s true to a certain extent, people in other states and regions throughout the country think about and do things a little differently. When you travel with your kids, you expose them to those different ways of life, helping to give them a greater perspective and broaden their worldview.
- Absorb knowledge everywhere they go – You don’t have to home school your kids to help bring learning to life for them. Simply bringing your children to historical sites such as Gettysburg immerses them into our country’s history in a way that no textbook ever could. Your kids will suddenly have a better understanding of the events they learn about in school. The same applies when you take your kids to museums and festivals and other places at which they can be immersed in a topic of learning.
- Make sacrifices – At home, the Wi-Fi may be strong, the video games plentiful, and water seemingly flows forever. And while your RV may offer many of the creature comforts of home, there are some limitations. When your children learn how to live without certain things – for example, constant connectivity to the Internet, all their toys, a large bedroom, etc. – they will learn how to make sacrifices. It’s healthy for children (and adults) to realize that they can survive without as many things as they think they need.
- Become mindful, hardworking people – Unless your children are small, your kids probably are responsible for certain tasks or chores when they’re at home. While that can certainly build character, asking your kids to help with tasks such as collecting all trash items and making sure the campsite is free of anything animals could get hold of will teach them to not only be respectful of nature but also to be thorough, hardworking people. Camp chores aren’t easy, but they instill a good work ethic into kids at an early age.
RV travel is an excellent way for you to expose your family to the outside world in a new and exciting way. So, make a point to talk to your kids and ask them what they’ve learned about traveling in a rig after every trip you take.
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