“AWAY is a place where it’s not about the money you spend. It’s about the moments you share.”
The 2013 Go RVing slogan aptly describes the true value of RV vacations. Far more than an affordable mode of family transportation, RV vacations bring families closer together through shared experiences. RV vacations allow parents to expand their children’s horizons, opening their eyes to new places, new people and new experiences. RV vacations offer opportunities for hands-on learning and family bonding that can continue to impact a child’s life long after you return home.
“Many fail to realize the power of travel as a learning tool,” Keith Bellows told The Charlotte Observer (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/02/01/3827871/have-suitcase-will-learn-globe.html).
Having spent his childhood traveling the world with his parents, the editor of National Geographic Traveler speaks from personal experience, “There’s no better way to learn about the world that traveling it.”
The author of 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life (National Geographic, $18.95; paperback, $11.84 on Amazon.com; Kindle edition $9.99), Bellows encourages parents to travel with their children. Far more than a list of family travel destinations, the book offers tips on how to engage children in hands-on learning while traveling. By sharing personal experiences gained from travels with his 7-year-old son, Bellows provides parents with a useful blueprint for creating age-appropriate learning experiences on the road. The book is one parents will want to add to their RV libraries.
While the book covers 100 destinations around the world, 34 are in North America and well within the range of RV summer vacations. With summer fast approaching, Bellows’ book offers RVing families a bucket list of travel experiences to enjoy together.