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The magic of audio deepening travel experience with kids

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANSlife) The adventure of hitting the open road with kids! A mix of exhilaration, boundless curiosity, and yes, the unavoidable stretches of “Mum, are we there yet?” Throughout our family trips, I’ve stumbled upon a quiet hero that makes our journeys more delightful, and that’s audio. Let’s walk through how this unassuming gem has transformed our travels.

Doorways to adventures and amazing time-fillers

Long drives or flights, especially with my sprightly daughter, have their moments of restlessness. And here, audiobooks and journals have been a godsend.

On one such journey, I remember introducing my daughter to an audio tale set in a mystical forest. As the narrative unfolded, the mundane road we were on transformed in her eyes. Each tree we passed became part of that fantastical forest, every town a hub of enchanting inhabitants.

The best part? The usual barrage of “Are we there yet?” was replaced with “Can we listen to one more chapter?” The relief and joy, knowing she was both entertained and engaged, was immeasurable.

A solution to motion-sickness among kids

It’s very common for kids to feel motion sickness as they travel in different vehicles. Audio is proven to cure motion sickness as it helps distract and comfort kids. Along with audio, we have been able to travel further and longer with lessening or no episodes of nausea.

Audio as an Introduction to Destination Wonders

Traditional travel guides, with their pages of historical data and must-see spots, are useful. But when it comes to kids, a more engaging companion can make all the difference. Audiobooks craft stories that breathe life into our chosen destinations.

Envision this: Before a family trip to Rome, your children indulge in tales that whirl around the Roman Empire or the gladiators in the Colosseum, and when they finally stand before these majestic monuments, there’s an instant connection.

Making Memories: Crafting the Trip’s Playlist

The universality of music offers a unique advantage during travels. Whether it’s tapping feet to local tunes or humming along to global hits, songs become an integral part of a journey’s rhythm. Before trips, it’s great to curate playlists with your child with their current favourites.

One of my favourite memories is how my daughter heard a song on the radio that was playing during one of our road trips and this became her anthem of the trip! Even months later when that same song was played she would remember fondly where she heard it and we would discuss the wonderful memories of our trip together! I loved how it transported me and her back to that joyful moment!

A Journey of Growth and Learning

Beyond the realms of entertainment and engagement, there’s a subtle yet profound layer of learning infused within audio content. As children listen, they absorb – be it vocabulary, moral values, cultural nuances, or historical tidbits. Coupled with real-world experiences, these stories and songs stimulate deeper conversations and reflections.

(Neha Sharma is the Co-founder and CEO of Vobble)

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