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6 Reasons Why Bringing Your Kids On Holiday Has Long-Term Benefits

It helps them grow and develop in so many different ways.

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A 2017 survey found that 1 in 5 Malaysian families travel without their kids

While it's totally understandable to want to have some alone time with your partner, holidaying with children is actually pretty great too! Plus, travelling with the kiddos can benefit them in lots of different ways, from their development to their level of happiness.

1. Travelling introduces them to new sights, cultures, and experiences...

Whether you're on a local or overseas vacay, everything is new to your kids. From airports and plane rides to exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new things, travel can really broaden their horizons. Even something as small as eating something they've never tried before will be an eye-opening experience for them.

2. ... which will naturally ignite their curiosity and create a love for adventure

Taking them out of their comfort zone and introducing them to a whole new world that they get to experience for themselves will spark any child's imagination. Before you know it, they'll be bombarding you with questions about all the amazing new things. With stimulated minds and endless sources of inspiration, their creativity will be sparked, letting their imaginations run wild.

3. It's a fun way to get kids interested history, geography, different languages, and more

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There's only so much you can learn from school books and the Internet. Being able to experience things firsthand is sure to get your little ones naturally interested in loads of different subjects.

While you travel, your little ones will naturally be curious about all the new places they're in. They're sure to have loads of questions. Take them on a guided tour or read up on the places together. You'll all be learning loads while having an awesome time!

4. The realities of travelling will teach them to be more patient, adaptable, and flexible

It sounds scary but breaking your kids out of their set routines and schedules can really help them learn these important character-building traits. Expose your kids to the realities of travelling that they don't face in their daily lives.

Dealing with long journeys, unexpected incidents, and the lack of their usual comforts will go a long way. They'll learn to be more patient and flexible, as well as learn how to adapt to the unexpected.

5. You'll be able to encourage them to express themselves more

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If your kids are on the quieter side, travelling can be a great way to get them to open up and express themselves. Ask them lots of questions about your travels: What's the best thing we did today? Why did you like it? What are you most excited to tell your friends about?

Get them to play a part in planning the trip too by letting them choose attractions to visit or things to do, so that they naturally voice out their likes and dislikes. And don't forget to encourage them to speak up about how they're feeling, be it positive or negative.

6. And of course, travelling is a wonderful way to bond as a family <3

We all try our best to spend as much quality time with our families as possible, but sometimes life just gets in the way. Getting away from it all as a family helps strengthen bonds and bring everyone closer.

As a parent, you'll be able to truly focus on spending time with your kids without the distractions of daily life, and your kids will love having your undivided attention.

You'll share so many amazing moments together. Even if your kids don't remember every detail about the holiday, they will remember how much fun they have whenever they're with you.

Travelling with kids is now easier than ever thanks to Emirates!

They offer special assistance to make travelling more comfortable and convenient for you, at every stage of your journey.

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With their child-friendly seating and set guidelines, the safety of your little ones are guaranteed while they're on board. Emirates planes are equipped with special seat belt extensions for those travelling with infants on their laps. The cabin crew are also prepared to assist you with fitting a baby car seat onto the plane seat.

Is your little one a picky eater? No worries! Keeping kids satisifed on board is easy with their special kids’ meals and baby food.

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There are special kids meals for kiddos aged between 2 and 12, and a range of Ella's Kitchen organic baby meals for young ones. Babies especially love the veggie moussaka with lentils, and kids of all ages will enjoy snacking on a sweet option of yummy prunes. Have peace of mind while you fly, knowing that your kids will be properly nourished!

If you prefer to bring your own meals instead, the cabin crew will be more than happy to help you with food and bottle warming. Plus, milk formula and baby bottles are available on board too.

With hundreds of kids movie and TV channels, games, toys and more, you'll never have to worry about them getting bored, even on long haul flights

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Your little explorer’s exciting holiday begins on board with over 150 channels in 40 languages dedicated to children’s content.

They'll be kept entertained all flight long as they binge watch their favourite shows from CBeebies, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon, as well as discover the magic of 50 Disney classics and the latest family films.

They can even play up to 100 exciting games that will send them on quests, have them trying to beat high scores, and more.

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Lewis the Lion, Peek U Panda, Ernie the Penguin, and Savannah the Elephant will keep your little ones company. They can cuddle up with their new furry friends while being cosily wrapped up in the accompanying fluffy blanket.

You can even bring them along with you after the flight! And kids aged between 3 to 6 can look forward to hours of fun with their Fly With Me Animals backpack filled with activity sheets and stickers.

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Older kids will be provided with travel-themed Activity packs. Each retro bag contains the following:
- An interactive book packed with activities, puzzles, and crafts
- An Amazing World series book of travel trivia and fun facts cards
- A travel journal for them to document all their awesome adventures

Shorter flights are filled with fun too, as young explorers can enjoy puzzles, activities, world trivia, and more in the Emirates Fly With Me magazine.

With all that and more, it's clear why Emirates should be your first choice for a hassle-free journey with your kiddos

Click here for more information and to book your flight tickets now!

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