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Good news for the ad­ven­ture-hun­gry: Your jet­set­ter life need not come to a halt when you be­come a par­ent. In fact, sci­ence has found that trav­el­ing with your kids—tod­dlers and ba­bies, in­cluded—is a good idea.

New ex­pe­ri­ences stim­u­late brain growth in ba­bies. Sure, your child may not re­mem­ber go­ing to Dis­ney­land at age one or two, but the ex­po­sure to new sights and sounds can do won­ders for his devel­op­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tre of Ed­u­ca­tional Neu­ro­science in Lon­don, the first three years of a child’s life is when most of to­tal brain growth takes place. Thus, ex­pos­ing him to en­gag­ing stim­uli (say, Mickey and Min­nie Mouse in the flesh) can help him hone skills he’s just be­gin­ning to learn—like say­ing his fa­vorite char­ac­ters' names!

travel can im­prove kids’ grades. Af­ter track­ing the aca­demic progress of 21,600 kids from kindergarten to the fifth grade, the U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion found that com­pared to their non-trav­el­ing peers, kids who went on fam­ily va­ca­tions tended to per­form bet­ter in school, par­tic­u­larly in read­ing, math, and gen­eral knowl­edge. Ex­plains re­searcher Dr. Wil­liam Nor­man, “[Travel] con­trib­utes to cog­ni­tive growth and stim­u­lates a child’s sense of won­der­ment. Pro­vid­ing kids with the ex­pe­ri­ence of travel broad­ens their hori­zons and opens up their minds to learn­ing.”

it boosts the fam­ily’s team spirit. Va­ca­tions pro­mote the “crescive bond”—or what so­ci­ol­o­gists call a “shared ex­pe­ri­ence”—by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for bond­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, says a study from the Pur­due Univer­sity in the U.S. And while fam­ily trips can get stress­ful at times, the ben­e­fits out­weigh the risks, even in fam­i­lies that are not par­tic­u­larly close, ac­cord­ing to study co-au­thor Xin­ran Le­hto.

You don't nec­es­sar­ily have to put your travel plans on hold just be­cause you have a baby.

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