"Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory," psychologist and best-selling author Oliver James explained to The Telegraph. "It's all about talking nonsense with your parents, sharing an ice cream and moments of time in which your interests are genuinely taken into account. So if you're going to spend money on something, it's pretty clear which option makes more sense."
And get this: Travelling with your kids can also be beneficial to their brain development. "An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction," says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland. "Think: family together in the pool, walking together through the forest, touching long tall grasses waving in the wind, toasting marshmallows on campfire, hanging out together under warm sun, feeling sand between the toes."
In addition, family vacations can act as "happiness anchors." According to 2015 research conducted by the Family Holiday Association out of Britain, the happiest memory of 49 percent of those surveyed was on vacation with family. A third of the respondents said they can still vividly remember their childhood family vacations, and a quarter of them copped to using such memories to get them through tough times.
Read the entire article here: https://www.parents.com/health/parents-news-now/family-vacations-have-long-lasting-impact-on-kids-happiness/