It’s a common dream – pulling the kids from the traditional school year and traveling with family around the world for six, maybe twelve, months. Introducing them to new cultures and customs. Inspiring them to help where help is needed and to see themselves as citizens of the world. To bring them into a new kind of classroom to achieve a different sense of community, one not as homogenous, perhaps, as their own school back home, yet instead one that weaves together a variety of ages and life experiences to create a richer, more deeper understanding of the world around them.
Traveling around the world with kids need not be an insurmountable goal. When done right, and with a kids’ world travel guide and expert on your side, families can check off destinations on their global bucket list – whether it’s every summer, over a series of spring breaks or over the holidays. These life-changing, worldwide family trips need not happen all in one go, aka the “family gap year,” but instead can be woven into family life as the child grows, taking into account your children’s ages and interests, therefore offering the most immersive and memorable family travel around the world.
All it takes is one Google search for “traveling around the world with kids” to send an otherwise enthusiastic parent into a tailspin – so many choices, so many places to go. Where do you go? Do you go alone or with a tour operator? What season is best? Is our destination safe? Are our kids old enough?
Thankfully, there are experts out there who can help. Although much of our day-to-day life is now managed by apps that will give us more control (ordering up a car service when needed, having groceries delivered to your door), there’s incredible value to be found in connecting with a family travel company that understands the industry, knows the best destinations for certain aged children and can work as matchmaker for your family of budding travelers. Expert family travel advisors have made it their life’s work to know where the best family destinations are, where to stay, what to do once you’re there and even how to help support the local community during your visit.
Global CommUnity was founded in 2017 to help busy parents who are battling for their kids’ time and attention against technology (like Fortnite and teenaged vloggers), sports schedules, school calendars, time with friends and the messages of the pop culture around them.
Between the ages of 5 and 18, family world travel offers an incredible opportunity to help shape a globally minded young adult with a world view that is larger than their own community. No matter where we are from, and how small or large our kids’ school communities, there is a degree of homogeneity that can’t be denied when one doesn’t venture beyond their comfort zone. When you really start to be curious, you realize that most communities (your neighborhood), even within a larger community (a big city) are created by people who gravitate towards similar interests, world views, religion and cultural backgrounds. There are more similarities than differences that bind us together in our little communities. As parents first, and travelers second, we need tools in our fast-moving society to encourage open-mindedness, compassion and curiosity of the world around us … and to have a louder voice in our children’s lives than pop culture.
Traveling the world is not only a way to create family memories and global citizens of our children,
but also a way to help inform the worldview of all family members.
We hope you will join us as we travel until No One Is Foreign. Bon voyage!
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