Positive gains that travel brings are applicable to children as well as any adults. According to the Travel Effect Report Card, 86% of people who reported travel in their youth showed greater intellectual curiosity both in and out of school.
In an article called “The science behind how holidays make your child happier and smarter,” child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland explained how holidays can advance brain development by activating two genetically ingrained systems deep within the brain’s limbic area, named the PLAY and SEEKING system.
The PLAY area is activated in personal interaction, such as tickling your child, giving them a ride on your back, or similar close activities. The SEEKING area is activated when you explore and discover new things together, such as when going on a hike or experience a new place.
In addition to this learning phenomena, studies also indicate that adults who had taken educational trips as a child were more likely to complete university and, on average, make an estimated USD5,000 more annually at their first jobs than their peers who did not make such trips.
These compelling reasons offer good incentive towards the idea of travel in helping your child’s development. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to both take a break as well as move towards building a better future for your child? In fact, given that Malaysia also boasts world-class travel destinations, that holiday might be closer to home than you think. Let’s take a look at some iconic destinations right here in Malaysia.