What is Bambini Travel
What is Bambini Travel? The name of our blog might be confusing to some. Bambini Travel should invoke travel with little ones in your mind. However often this conjures images of long flights with toddlers or spending a year as nomads. Indeed, we are game for flying far away and I avidly read about families like THIS one and dream about spending a year or two abroad. These experiences are great for kids and families. My husband's job that recently brought us to Mississippi is a normal 40 hour a week gig with a few weeks of vacation allotted in the typical American way. We squeeze every moment out of these days to travel new places, play on beaches, and visit family and friends.
We also, however, have another definition of Bambini Travel. Road trips and flights to different places are great, but young children are exploring the world for the first time. Smaller adventures in the world have merit in their eyes and should in our eyes as well. Learning about animals at the zoo, buses on a real bus ride, or taking a hike to collect real leaves that you watch fall from trees might not be as exciting to grown ups as a trip to the Caribbean or my coveted trip to Italy, but they are exciting to a two or three year old. Better still, they don't take vacation days or hours of travel time to accomplish.
We generally spend at least one treasured weekend day a week on a mini-adventure as family. We try to balance exploring new places and experiences with following their interests. Still into trains? Let's go ride that train at the zoo. Spending hours painting picture after picture? Let's go to the art museum. Building imaginary houses? Take a trip to the hardware store and build something together. Whether you are reading this as a working outside the home parent, a stay at home parent, an early childhood educator, or even a grandparent, I encourage you to consider the importance of these experiences for kids. The context it creates for them. The respect it shows for their interests. The meaning it applies to their work and curiosities. How those excursions can expand their learning at home or in a classroom.
Don't stop planning longer vacations to explore other cultures (watch out Italy we're coming soon) but also make time to plan and execute some smaller child sized adventures. Here are a few more ideas to get you started:
*Plan a Monthly Nature Walk
*Go Camping in a Forest
*Go for a Ride on a Bus
*Visit your Local Fire Station
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