The late Keith Bel­lows, Emer­i­tus Edi­tor-in­Chief of ‘Na­tional Geographic Travel’, sought to make fam­ily travel an ac­cepted form of ed­u­ca­tion. Its won­ders and chal­lenges, he be­lieved, are essen­tial to un­der­stand­ing the world and our place in it.

“Any adult who gives a child the gift of travel be­stows the gift that keeps on giv­ing,” he wrote. “The value of life­long learn­ing, the abil­ity to teach your­self, is in­cal­cu­la­ble. You get your most im­por­tant diploma in life from travel.”

Cathy Wagstaff, founder and pub­lish­ing edi­tor of Hol­i­days with Kids and Five Star Kids, says, “Travel is the key to en­light­en­ing, en­gag­ing and teach­ing chil­dren about the world. This can’t be taught in the class­room and is essen­tial for the growth and em­pa­thy of our fu­ture lead­ers. Travel broadens young minds and can in­spire them to help those less for­tu­nate, to ap­pre­ci­ate what they have and show them what they can as­pire to.”

Five Star Kids’ own edi­tor, Hi­lary Dol­ing, has seen sim­i­lar at­tributes in her son. “He’s been lucky enough to grow up trav­el­ling in style but, far from spoil­ing him, it means he treats the gen­eral man­ager of a five star ho­tel and the guy who sweeps the streets in Bangkok just the same. He’s met so many dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple that that’s all they are to him: just peo­ple. He doesn’t judge by clothes, colour, creed or class. To me, that’s a real achieve­ment of travel.”

Heidi Lakani, the jet-set­ting owner of Lakani World Tours, is of the same opin­ion. She has seen the trans­for­ma­tive pow­ers of travel in young guests on her pri­vate­jet jour­neys. As a re­sult, she be­lieves all chil­dren should see the world as part of their

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