Traveling with family is not exactly fuss-free.
But instead of minimizing their trips, Rica Bonifacio chooses not to dwell on the stressful part.
She said, "I strongly believe that traveling with your children, well, it’s not easy. It’s costly both in time and energy as well as money. So parang, why would you travel if it’s that stressful for you?"
As much as everyone has their own reasons to skip a family trip for a staycation, seeing the world has its benefits.
During the launch of Mommy Manual Season 2 at the Shangri-la at The Fort recently, Rica listed down her top five reasons why she likes bringing son Philip to her trips.
1. "It builds character."
Has Philip been a behaved boy during their travels?
Rica realized that it was perhaps the travel itself that trained him to be.
She mused, "Maybe his temperament is naturally like that, but traveling had shaped it. It kinda helped my son to be very, very patient."
2. "It makes memories."
She add, "It breaks monotony!If everyday you’re in the same, everything kinda looks the same."
3. "Fosters partnership"
Traveling has instilled teamwork in her little boy.
"I didn’t really know this before, but it kinda makes him aware what teamwork looks like. He knows what to bring to table. He can tell when to give mommy and daddy a break when they are tired, when to put himself aside."
4. "Widens his perspective"
Being away from home would literally make a child's world bigger.
Rica remarked, "I also didn’t realize how taking Philip with me everywhere, literally everywhere, is actually a way of raising a child to have an already global mindset.
"There’s no other way this world is going. It’s only going to go to more and more global in the days to come.
"He knows his world isn’t only limited to the Philippines."
5. Easier way of getting your kids away from his gadget
On the spot, Rica saw travel as another good opportunity for her son to actually see the world and not within the realms of virtual reality.
It would keep him physically and, thus, emotionally connected to the "real world."