Children are very adaptable when it comes to traveling. They feel secure as long as they are being cared for and loved so even a really different cultural experience will not faze them. If you are able to take your kids on a traveling adventure, then you will be astonished to see how much knowledge they retain and how their conception of different countries varies to that of an adult. The following travel destinations and suggestions are for the discerning traveler who wants to show their offspring a little bit of the world.
Travel Destinations in Mexico
Mexico offers a fantastic adventure for any young explorer. The colors and flavors of Mexico will delight both young and old. If you are based in a resort such as Cancun, have a few outings on a local bus and maybe eat at a Mexican restaurant used by Mexicans. If you have found a cheap cruise to Mexico, then you can use the opportunity to find some real Mexican culture. A trip to the Mayan ruins in Tulum can instigate a whole history lesson about the adventurous lives of the Mayans. There are beautiful coral reefs dotted all along the Caribbean coast and all you need is a snorkel mask and a pair of fins to impress your child. This area of marine life is famed for it rich diversity and the clarity of the water. Just by sticking your head under the water for a few seconds, it is possible to see a turtle swim by or a fantastic specimen of the most colorful coral. The Mexican people themselves are a great reason to travel to Mexico. They convey humor and warmth when you meet them. If your child can pick up a few basic words of Spanish, the Mexicans will love them!
Travel Destinations in India
India is such a huge and varied country that it is difficult to recommend only one amazing experience for your child. The trains that leave from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in Mumbai have a secret on board – they are like the whole of India but in a moving form. It is possible to meet and live with some excellent characters during, for instance, the journey from Mumbai to Goa. To eat on the train and drink Chaii from the Chaii boy is a great culinary adventure. Sleeping entails a bunk bed, often shared with other travelers. When the train pulls in the station, the locals sell delicious treats, toys and newspapers. It’s a great visual feast and a true adventure for a child.
Planning such trips is crucial with children, mainly because vaccinations are required and routes are often better planned as a night without a hotel is no joke if you are traveling with a child. Planning can also bring other benefits such as arriving in Mexico for the Day of the Dead festivals or to arrive in time for the hatching of the turtles on some of the beautiful Caribbean beaches in Mexico. If your child is involved in the planning, then the whole adventure becomes more personal to them and they will have a great time.
Written by Elizabeth James, who writes for Lovecruise.co.uk, a cheap cruise company.