PHOTO: Is long-haul travel to exotic locales wasted on children? (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Long-haul travel with kids can sometimes be trying, but don’t the rewards make up for the hassles, the whining and the tears?
Grant Feller writes in the Telegraph that the answer to that question is “no.” Feller notes that, as an 8-year-old boy traveling on a Pan-American journey in 1976, he doesn’t have too many positive memories.
“I was simply too young to get the most out of such an expensive trip. It’s not that I am or ever was ungrateful, just that I now realise lavishing such luxurious travel experiences on children is supremely indulgent,” Feller opines.
He believes that traveling with kids is best done during the teenage years, and that, before then, it’s a waste of money. Now the parents of teens, Feller and family are ready to spend big on holiday.
“Having spent years budgeting and beach-hopping between Cornwall, Spain and France, we’re planning a Hong Kong-Bali-Vietnam roundtrip next year, already researching a 2019 Botswana safari and will, I hope, fit in St Petersburg, Istanbul and, yes, New York in between,” he says.
So why are the teen years the perfect time to travel the with kids? Aren’t teens a sullen and ornery bunch?
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“You only really appreciate such hedonistic experiences in far-flung destinations – and understand their importance in the great tapestry of life – when you reach the teenage years. Before then, it’s wasted on them,” says Feller.
So are long-haul journeys with kids money down the drain a waste? Read on for more of Feller’s thoughts here and feel free to weigh in with your own in the comments.