Traveling doesn’t begin or end on the road. There is a lot of planning that needs to go into a trip before it can begin. At the same time, the memories and experiences of a trip will stay with you long after the suitcases are put away.
One way to get kids excited about travel is to get them involved. At our house, we have a laminated U.S. map that is marked with all the locations we have visited. Before a road trip, we use a dry erase marker to trace our route and the kids look for landmarks or parks they might want to see along the way. Their involvement gets them excited about the trip and helps us as parents plan events based on their interests.
When we get back from a trip, the kids are eager to put a new dot on our map. They dream about future trips based on empty areas of the map. This is also a great way to study geography. Our kids love sitting in front of this large map, planning out where we should go next.