A post by Seth Kugel got us thinking. Do you trust your kids to craft an itinerary for you?
Now we are not recommending that you start your 8-year old on a world stomping surf of the internet to create a wonderful journey, but you might want to consider your teens who may just have an opinion or two when it comes to vacation time.
Personally we believe that getting the children involved in planning a vacation is wonderful. Yes we do not have them (children that is) and may not truly understand what its like to live with them… And you will probably need to set the delimiters (such as budgets) and best not to use the veto option. We think it imbues not just ownership and interest, but provides an opportunity to educating the young ones on managing money. Well, how to spend it at least…
On hindsight, it has been surprising to know how money management skills are not taught in the schooling system. As adults we often work on a trial and error basis, losing precious time in the road to ensure we are financially independent when we lose the ability to work.
Consider this : your child gets to play travel agent and learns money management skills through budgeting the expenses. They become involved, perhaps learn some “selling” skills as they share their plans. Even better is they put their web skills to the test, making good use of the powers of the internet. In that process, learning how to information search in a world drowning with data. All good life skills to have.
If only we could turn back time.
Can you imagine how differently you would have made financial decisions or travel plans if you had known?