Mothers Know Best
Why family travel is the greatest gift to a child.
by nicole solano
In Belize, you won’t find the typical child-centered theme parks—no roller coasters, no giant man-made aquariums, no shows for amusement, no all-inclusive kids clubs, no child-supervised itineraries with child-care experts—it’s just you, the kids, and Mother Nature. If what you’re really looking for is authentic travel experiences that will last a lifetime, bring your kids with you to Belize.
Traveling with children is no easy task, but there is no greater gift from a parent. Imagine a family picnic on Placencia’s beach, a canoe trip on the Macal River, measuring up with the Jabiru Stork at the Belize Zoo, feeding the iguanas in San Ignacio, climbing to the top of El Castillo at Xunantunich, or watching a Blue Morpho butterfly escape from its cocoon. Expose their minds and awaken their souls to Earth’s mysteries from an early age, and they will learn to appreciate and respect different cultures and lifestyles, as will you. In Belize, children connect with nature, learn to interact with other children, and grow to appreciate the natural environment.
Undoubtedly, family travel is more costly and more challenging than solo trips or romantic holidays, but, together, parents and children will learn patience and tolerance from the experience. Somewhere between the nagging, the bathroom breaks, and the back aches, you will find precious moments to focus and bond with your children. The priceless result is what is referred to in today’s hectic lifestyles as “family time.”
In Belize, you will enlighten your youngsters, stimulate their hunger for knowledge, and unlock their passion for discovery.