Science Says: Travel With Kids

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: traveling with your kids is the best thing you can do. It’s the best money you’ll ever spend. And it’s the best investment you’ll ever make. While that’s always been my opinion, now I have science on my side!

A recent study reveals, “An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction,” says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland. So in other words, taking your children to new places is actually great for their development. More than that, they will learn from the experience both in the moment and in their memories.

Making amazing memories in Chicago.

Over the years we’ve definitely discussed our vacation budget, and if the money could be better allocated. Could we do other things with that money that would benefit our children more? Now- with science on our side- I think not!

Your Modern Family wrote a great post on this topic. I love their focus on the quality time spent with children during a vacation. They write: “It doesn’t matter where you are going as long as you make it a fun, memorable experience.  You can do that by being involved with your kids.  Finding fun things to do, new exciting things to show them and creating a bond that will last a lifetime.   Be present in the moment.”

Read the rest of their article here.

A family vacation the children will NEVER forget!

If you’re inspired to travel with your children, check out my post- Best Trips For Young Kids.

Do you prioritize budgeting for family vacations?

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Carolinas Aviation Museum- North Carolina

My children have a fascination with ALL things plane related. I can’t say for sure if this love started from travel at a young age, or the Disney movie Planes. But one thing is for certain, they can’t get enough. They play with planes, watch movies (and documentaries) about planes, and- of course- they want to watch real planes whenever we’re outside.

For this reason, whenever we have the opportunity to visit any type of aviation museum, we jump on it! The Carolinas Aviation Museum sits adjacent to the Charlotte airport. The museum contains thousands of flight artifacts including some awesome fighter planes. However, it’s probably most famous for the US Airway A320 Airbus, or ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’ plane.

It’s pretty surreal to see this plane in person!

Although most people will never forget the images and story behind Flight 1549, many do not realize the intended destination was Charlotte Douglas Airport. Appropriately, the plane eventually made it’s way to Charlotte along with much of the wreckage collected at the scene. Guests of the museum will see luggage, clothing and other items on board at the time of the crash. Also, a timeline of events details the events as they unfolded on that cold  January day in 2009.

Many of the items in this case were collected out of the freezing water.

As I mentioned, the Carolinas Aviation Museum also houses military aircrafts, historical memorabilia and all sorts of aviation archives. In addition to touring the facility of indoor planes, the Museum regularly opens it’s door to an active runway. Guests can gather outside to view more planes in the collection and an up close view of a CLT runway.

Not a ton of people can say they’ve had the opportunity to stand on an active runway!

Kids will absolutely love the experience of the Carolinas Aviation Museum! Be sure to ask about the Scavenger Hunt (2 versions depending on the age of the child.) We found the hunt challenging and fun- plus, it really helped my daughter learn some great plane trivia.

This scavenger hunt kept my daughter busy!

After you’ve completed your tour of the museum, don’t miss the opportunity to head to the Charlotte Airport Overlook. Despite also being on airport grounds, it’s about a 8-10 minute drive. The Overlook is a perfect spot for a picnic and the best vantage point for watching planes land!

Look how close we are standing to this plane landing!

To plan your visit to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina- visit their website.

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Friday Favorite- International Converter & Plug Set

Today’s Favorite Travel Product: American Tourister International Converter & Plug Set

 Traveling outside your own country for the first time can come with several surprises. One of the main things people forget to prepare for is electrical conversions. All over the world different countries use different types of electrical sockets. Knowing this, and properly preparing prior to a trip will help make your experience much more enjoyable!

Imagine landing in a foreign country. Although your cell phone was on airplane mode for your entire fight, you used it to play games and now your phone battery is almost dead. One of the first things you are going to want to do upon arrival is charge your phone. But you have a major problem. Your charger won’t fit into the plugs in this country. Of course you can scramble to purchase an adapter in that country. However, if you’re anything like me, your go-to resource for finding a store that sells an adapter is your cell phone!

Your best bet is to prepare prior to your trip, rather than scramble once you arrive!

There are TONS of international converter and plug sets on the market. I’ve personally owned several different brands and I can honestly say they are not all created equally. Hands down my favorite option is by American Tourister.

The International Converter and Plug Set is both convenient and easy to use. Each converter has a clear label with the countries where it will work. Of course, you will only need to travel with the converter you need for your trip. The American Tourister set is reasonably priced and will last for years.

Each adaptor is labeled with the countries.

 As with any converter set, you will want to be mindful of the voltage. I don’t even pretend to have an electrical engineering background so I never mess around (that’s also the rule follower in me!)

If you are planning an international trip I highly recommend investing in the American Tourister International Converter and Plug Set! You can purchase the set here.

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Friday Favorite- A Traveler’s Easter Basket

 Today’s Favorite Travel Product: An Easter Basket Full of Travel Goodies

With Easter less than a month away, I know the Easter Bunny will be shopping soon. As a parent, I have very few “genius” ideas. More often than not, I either copy other people’s great ideas or I totally Continue reading Friday Favorite- A Traveler’s Easter Basket

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