Travelling is fast becoming a luxury, but it’s the most valuable passion you could ever instill into your children. The world is a big place, and the only way to get your kids to appreciate the differences between people is to introduce them to different cultures. It can be tough, especially if you’re limited by your budget, but if there’s anything that’s worth saving for, it’s the look on your child’s face when they see something new. Here are a few ways you can start giving them the wanderlust.

Encourage school trips

If your kids are lucky enough to have a teacher that is still passionate about the importance of school trips, do everything you can to help them make it happen. Whether the school has the funds for school trips to Athens, or just a day visit to London or another nearby city, at least it’s giving your kids an experience that they will always remember, either for the educational aspect, or because they had fun with their friends.

Plan your own educational holidays

If the school doesn’t have the budget for trips, you can try and supplement your kids’ education during the next school holidays. If they’re learning French at school, take them on a cheap holiday to France so they can practise. Speaking a second or third language even semi-fluently gives you kids a great set up for their future. History is also an easy class for travelling, because every country features in both modern and ancient history. If you think your children are mature enough to handle it, a visit to Berlin can be a lot of fun, but it will put WWII in perspective for them. Justify a trip to Rome by telling your kids they’ll learn more about the Ancient Romans for school.

Budget holidays

With a few money saving hack, everyone can afford to go abroad at least once a year. Skyscanner can help you compare flight prices across a whole month so you’ll know the cheapest days to fly, saving you a potential packet. Flights tend to be more expensive from Friday to Sunday so try to book a flight that leaves in the middle of the week to save a few pounds. You can also save if you aim to travel the week before the kids go back to school, as this is when prices might start to drop.

Take part in cultural events

You might not even have to go abroad to experience a foreign culture. There are plenty of communities in big cities that gather together to host cultural festivals, celebrate holidays, and spread awareness. Take your kids to these events, and they can learn about the new culture by taking part in activities, trying the food, and watching dance and dramatic performances. The experience is a fun way to teach children that the new and different can be wonderful, rather than scary and strange. In turn, such happy experiences build curiosity and appetite for other cross-cultural experiences and adventures.

Liked this post? Want your say on what games I review or feature? Take control of the future of 16-Bit Dad by supporting on Patreon!