What does it mean to raise little travelers? It starts with planting seeds of excitement every time we travel near or far. When we water these seeds, they grow into compassion for others and caring for the environment. They blossom into open-minded curiosity and kindness and bear the fruit of resourcefulness, perseverance, and self-awareness.
How do we support the growth of little travelers during this festive time of year? With meaningful holiday gift ideas that teach lessons about our planet and how to make it a better home for all creatures.
Gifts that Help Our Kids Become Good Global Citizens
Raising good global citizens starts with education. So, let’s look for resources that teach children about the world, its people, and its ecologies. There are many ways to work regular geography lessons into our children’s playtime, expanding their horizons through fun.
These include everything from magazines and books featuring captivating stories about kids from other countries and cultures to maps and globes. Language software and programs geared towards little ones can also help them get a head start on becoming bilingual (even when parents aren’t).
Gifts that Make the World a Better Place
We live in a time of growing awareness about corporate responsibility, hence the surge in Certified B Corporations. From sustainable to fair trade, look for toy companies who are participating in programs to make the world a better place. From ensuring better working conditions for their workers to using recycled materials to create their products, reward companies that are going the extra mile for a better planet and stronger local communities.
Many companies are finding innovative ways to partner with local nonprofits, too. Some donate a certain amount from the proceeds of each sale toward specific charities, and others give back to local communities in other ways. So, let’s do some extra research before our next purchase to ensure we’re supporting causes we believe in.
As our children get older, we also need to talk with them about how these gifts support communities and programs around the world. That way, they’ll feel more connected to other kids around the globe, and they’ll start developing the skills to be a responsible consumer as they grow.
Gifts that Give Our Children the World
Of course, the best gifts that we can give our kids are experiences rather than things. So, why not purchase a family vacation instead of more stuff? As we all know, holiday gift shopping adds up quickly, and our kids get so inundated with material items that today’s favorite toy is often tomorrow’s Goodwill item.
But family vacations give us memories to last a lifetime. They change our perspectives and help us forge stronger family bonds. Traveling also represents the antidote to a busy life and a way to truly unplug. Let’s give our children the world while helping them cultivate confidence and a sense of empowerment through more travel experiences.
When we choose a tour company that specializes in family travel, we can ensure a one-of-a-kind trip suitable for all ages. That said, not all family travel companies are made equal. Let’s look for travel companies that are certified in sustainable practices and committed to giving back to local communities while offering transformative family adventures.
Little Travelers, Big Dreams
Little travelers have big dreams. They dream of exotic places to visit, distant cultures to explore, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. The right toys and gifts inspire and captivate while instilling lessons of empathy and compassion. The right toy companies work hard to leave the world a better place. Check out our ultimate guide to the best holiday gifts for little travelers.
At Our Whole Village, raising globally-minded children is our passion. We create accessible tours designed for curious families who want to create lasting memories while making a difference. We’re here to help you and your family experience the world, its peoples, and its cultures. Contact us today to learn more about the unforgettable experiences that we handcraft to introduce kids to the world and create better global citizens.