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The greatest family travel scavenger hunt

Story highlights

  • Your money is better spent on new experience than on new things, research shows
  • We made a scavenger hunt for emotions and experiences, not objects to buy or attractions to visit

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Somewhere above Greenland (CNN)What is the point of travel? Why do we spend our time and money seeing new places -- or old places in new ways? And why bother bringing our children along? What's in it for us, and them?

One of the answers to that question is that travel changes us for the better. We learn more about the world, understand cultures or environments that differ from our own, and discover personal biases, predilections and fears as well as new joys, passions and people. "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness," wrote the globetrotting Mark Twain.
    There are also hardships to travel -- the degree usually depending on destination, agenda and budget -- but we almost always get more than we put in. Research repeatedly shows that in terms of boosting happiness, your money is better spent on new experiences than on new things.

    Go Ask Your Dad is parenting advice with a philosophical bent as one dad explores what we want out of life, for ourselves and our children, through useful paradigms and best practices. It considers old problems in new ways, and new problems that previous generations didn't face.

    The value of travel is one of the big lessons I want to impart to my children. I don't have that many agenda items for the kind of people I'd like them to be when they grow up. Kind. Self-reliant. Funny. Creative. Educated. Appreciative of great story-telling. And lovers of travel.
    Travel is -- my wife and I remind our daughters -- an integral part of their origin story. Before getting marri