In her article “Why travel is your child’s best teacher“, Melanie Gow says this:

“We need self-awareness, self-control, empathy, and the ability to see the benefits of connecting with people, even those we don’t necessarily automatically like, or who are not like us, to navigate this world successfully. One of the ways in which emotional intelligence is honed is through the exchange of ideas, stories and opinions, real, “in the moment” conversation. Conversational competence is considered to be the single most overlooked skill we fail to teach our children.”

The importance of providing our children exploration experiences outside of their normal, comfortable realm can educate them in ways that a classroom setting just cannot. And this sort of travel is not just for kids! We all can grow from opportunities to interact with those outside of our comfort zone and self-imposed borders.

Need lunch plans today? Maybe allow yourself to spend your work break browsing those airline deals that keep popping up in your inbox. Not only could a little trip away give you a much-needed respite from your routine, you may just develop a little more social and emotional intelligence while you’re at it. And if you’re not yet convinced, read Melanie’s entire article here.