Home

Traveling With Your Children Could Make Them Better Leaders

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

Share

A recent study shows that millennials are traveling with their children in record numbers, with 44% bringing their whole family on vacations. It’s clear that millennials recognize the power and importance of travel starting at a young age.

“Vacations as a child play a role in transforming and developing you as a person,” says Sabrina Cendral to Forbes.com, North America’s VP of marketing and digital for Club Med.

RELATED: Why You Should Add ‘Traveler’ To Your Job Resume

Some of the most important traits that make for successful leaders are developed through travel: fearlessness, open-mindedness, and confidence to name a few. When children are exposed to travel at a young age, these traits are instilled in them for a lifetime.

Open-Minded

Travel has the ability to broaden your horizons as you are exposed to different places and different cultures. Apple founder Steve Jobs said that a trip he took to India as a teen was a life-changer. “Kids who have traveled and who have been in contact with local cultures, with local people, with local communities, are very open and very creative,” says Cendral.

Confident

Knowing that you have the tools within yourself to navigate the world is a huge confidence booster for children. Feeling at home anywhere in the world means, you can walk into any boardroom with adaptability and confidence. Obama once said, “There is something spectacular about seeing a new place, being exposed to new ideas and experiencing a new culture. Travel makes you grow.”

Fearless

Travel has the power to make children fearless as they are confronted with new experiences, people, and cultures at every turn when traveling abroad. Children who travel approach things that are different with a new outlook. Instead of fear, they are able to walk into these situations with confidence.

Independent

Travel for children of all ages is a great way to boost their sense of independence. Giving them small, age-appropriate tasks to contribute to the family vacation is also a great way to encourage this. Let them help with the planning, pack their own bags, or hand their passport to the customs agent.

RELATED: Traveling With Small Children Comes With Its Perks

Collaborator

Traveling as a family creates a sense of teamwork and collaboration. There are always challenges that come up when traveling abroad, but allowing your children to be a part of the solution making processes or having them witness how you address challenges will teach them the importance of collaboration.

Share
Travel Noire

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

The Black Expat: ‘If I Can Do It, You Can Do It Too’

The Black Expat: ‘If I Can Do It, You Can Do It Too’

Pittsburgh native Rocco Brown made the leap in 2017 to pack up his life in America and relocate across the globe. In his almost 3 years abroad, he has seen and done things that many travelers only dream of. We spoke with Rocco to see what led him to move abroad and how he is […]

DeAnna Taylor

The Black Expat: ‘Brazil Lead Me To South Korea & I Embraced The Unknown’

The Black Expat: ‘Brazil Lead Me To South Korea & I Embraced The Unknown’

For St. Croix native and former Florida resident Mikyba Cooper, figuring out life post-college was still up in the air. After spending some time living and working in Brazil for an internship, she realized that she wanted to travel and create new experiences for herself. So, after doing some research on her own, she made […]

DeAnna Taylor

The Black Expat: ‘The Loss Of My Mother, Father, And Sister Led Me To Move Abroad’

The Black Expat: ‘The Loss Of My Mother, Father, And Sister Led Me To Move Abroad’

South Carolina native Danielle Kirkland spent over 15 years teaching in schools across Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas. After losing several immediate family members, she made the decision to pack up her and her 12-year old son’s lives and start over half way across the world. She is now teaching in Ras al Khaimah, […]

DeAnna Taylor