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Why you should treat your kids to holidays, not things

According to a recent survey, the UK has the second highest spend per child on toys. Coming in at a whopping £508 per year, it’s safe to say we’re a nation that values our material goods, but what would you say if we told you that these items actually contribute very little to your child’s wellbeing? Read on to find out more…

family cycling holidays buy experiences not things
Few can deny the initial joy that purchasing the latest gizmo-gadget can bring, both to yourself and the little ones! From the latest lego creation to a fluffy talking animal, the list seems endless these days! Many would say this is a great way to keep the little kids happy, but Oliver James, Britain’s best-selling psychological author, disagrees:

“Do you have any idea what an extraordinary proportion of presents we give children aren’t actually wanted or valued? […] Give a two-year-old a present and she’ll get absorbed in the box instead,” says James. “It’s similar with children and travel. We should let them explore their own ways of finding wonder in their surroundings.” 

James argues that material objects do very little to stimulate your children and you’d be better off putting your money towards family holidays, experiences and creating memories together instead. We tend to agree too, as after all, a time spent doing something exciting together is much more valuable and precious than a new shiny iPhone or the latest toy trending in the schoolyard! With this in mind, we thought we’d break down why exactly we think treating your family to a holiday, not things, is far more rewarding long term:

Memories last longer
You might say that things last longer than experiences. And you’re probably right! That toy you bought you’re kid for Christmas will physically last longer than a holiday in Europe that comes and goes. However, the joy of material things fades quickly, but the memories you gave your family, by taking them on a holiday to experience another country, will last longer and will be much dearer to you and your family. Isn’t it also great that you don’t need any additional storage in the house to put all your memories and experiences? It all stays in your heart (and photos).

Escape every day’s routine
Traveling and having experiences gives you a chance to do something different from your daily routine. This will help you and your kids to feel refreshed and rejuvenated when getting back to your daily tasks. It also gives you a lot of stories to share with your colleagues (or classmates) and friends!

Long-term benefits

Increasingly, modern toys put distance between family members, removing children to their own room or a screen. While shared experiences, like holidays together, connect us more to each other and strengthen the emotional bond. Some researchers even argue that traveling makes children smarter and more aware of the world, and we definitely agree!

So, next time instead looking for things to buy the wee’ bairns, try to look for something you can experience together and make memories that will help set them up for life.

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Feeling inspired?
Take a look at our range of family cycling holidays and experience the world on two wheels like never before!

Boost kids skills on the bikes

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Back to school blues? Get ready for a family cycling holiday…
If you’re sad that the summer is over, fear not, the fun is only just beginning! Boost your kids cycling skills this autumn and take advantage of their daily commute to school. Here are 3 tips to get you started and keep the little ones fit and smiling up until October Half Term:

  1. Plan the route
    Planning the route you’ll take to school is a must if you want to avoid any unwanted stress. Make sure you map out a cycling route taking in as many cycle paths/ park routes as you can find along the way. Remember to keep the journey as safe and fun as possible and check out the friendly folks at Sustrans for more helpful advice.
  2. Get them kitted out
    A helmet and bright waterproof are essential items that will ensure your little ones are protected from the big, wide world! The Little Bike Company have lots of inspiring goodies that will keep them smiling on two wheels.
  3. Learn the laws of the road
    Get the kids clued up on the Highway Code to boost their road awareness knowledge – a great way to build their cycling confidence on the roads. Children can learn to ride safely through Bikeability, which offers cycling training both at school and on an individual basis.

Looking to put your cycling skills to the test?
Join us this October for a cycling holiday with the whole family! Our two-wheeled options include everything from a guided tour of Sardinia’s beautiful beaches to self-guided routes in France and Spain.

The best beaches to build your sandcastle…

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Time to pack your swimming cozzie, bucket and spade! With our sights set longingly on the sandy shores of the world’s finest coastal regions, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the amazing beaches you can visit by bike in 2016…

Looking to head away before the busy summer months? Sardinia is the destination for you! Surrounded by the sea, our Family Flavours tour has plenty of coastal gems to discover. Portixeddu beach is definitely one of the highlights, a 2.5km treasure set at the foot of a small cliff. With white sands, sparkling seas and endless space to roam, this is a Mediterranean classic without the tourist masses.

Northern Spain’s Asturian Coast has the best kept secret around: it’s home to some of the most amazing beaches in Europe. A particular highlight of this region is the impressive Playa de Cuevas del Mar, a beautiful bay renowned for its spectacular rock formations which provide endless hours of fun for children exploring its caves, tunnels and archways.

Finally, if you don’t want to go abroad, why not visit Britain’s natural paradise Northumberland? Set beneath one of the country’s most iconic castles, Bamburgh beach has nature and history bound up in one magnificent bundle.