5 Reasons Why Travel is the Smarter Buy for Your Kids Than Toys Or Gadgets

As moms, nothing makes our hearts swell more than the bright smiles of our children, eyes all lit up, filled with happiness.  Ask any mom with young kids what it is that makes them this happy and she’ll most likely say, “It” toys and new gadgets.

But recent studies prove that travelling with your kids, bonding and sharing unforgettable family experiences are what make them happiest. Family vacations bring you closer to each other unlike toys and gadgets that lock your kids in a world of their own and bring only temporary happiness.

According to Oliver James, one of Britain’s leading child psychologists and best-selling author of the book, “Love Bombing; Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat,” parents are wasting an inordinate amount of time and money finding the perfect gift for their kids when their ultimate love-bomb are travel experiences with family.

“Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory.  So if you’re going to spend money on something, it’s pretty clear which option makes more sense,” says Dr. James.

Now that summer is just around the corner, here are five solid reasons why you should be checking out the best travel deals for your family instead of scouring the stores for new stuff to keep your kids occupied while on vacation.

1.  Your kids will treasure memories of family travels for always.

Remember that toy your child wrote to Santa about just two Christmases ago?  Do you even know where it is by now? Research says that experiences are more fulfilling than owning things. A well-loved toy eventually gets outgrown and a gadget loses its cool factor in less than a year. But the laugh out loud memories of finding their way with mom and dad in a country with an entirely different language will last forever and certainly worth spending your hard-earned money for.

2. Travelling with your kids ensures that you are part of their world

As a mom of millennials and Gen-Zees, you are most likely swatting away their cellphones and tablets during family meals in the hopes of getting quality time with the kids.  Instead, you get groans and eye rolls.  Travel experiences with family help you get to know each other better.

3. Travel experiences make your child smarter.

Traveling activates critical areas in your child’s brain whether it’s a local road trip or experiencing the sites of another country altogether. Dr. Margot Sunderland of The Centre for Child Mental Health in the UK says that travel experiences with family open up the “play and seek” systems in children that bring about social intelligence and goal-directed behaviors that will be of much use to them in their lifetime.

4. Travel with family relaxes parents and children alike.

Just being a mom means that you deal with stress on a daily basis. But did you know that a recent survey showed, kids ages 8-14 also get stressed regularly?  It’s important to note that about 80% of the children in the same survey said that they felt zero stress whenever their parents spent time with them. Needless to say, a mom is at her happiest when she is with her family. So ditch the temptation to buy the newest stuff and save up for family travels instead.

5. Travel experiences with family become “happiness anchors” when the going gets rough.

There’s no going around it; at some point in our lives really challenging things will happen. These are the times when it is most important to be able to draw from the happiest of memories to get you through rough patches. Psychologists call this the “happiness anchor.” Results from another survey showed that 49% of people said their happiest memories come from family vacations so that they would call up these memories during difficult times in their lives. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to give our children many “happy places” to call on, thanks to family travel experiences?

Now’s the time to start building your kids’ happiness anchors by travelling with the family. Worried about your budget? With Citi PayLite After Purchase,  you can convert any of your unbilled straight single-receipt purchases of at least Php3,000 into light installments of up to 24 months.  That means you can convert hotel accommodations, tours and packages, and even airline tickets purchased online using your Citi credit card into light and easy installments. Apply for Citi PayLite After Purchase now.  You may find more details on Citi PayLite After Purchase here; http://www.citibank.com.ph/pap.