Travel broadens the mind. It provides us with firsthand experiences about different cultures, allows us to learn more about a city or country’s history, and helps us to meet new and interesting people from all walks of life. It is therefore my belief that it could be a superb way to expand a child’s mind and education.
There’s a reason why students go on class trips: the best way to learn is to experience things for yourself. By taking a child to different countries or cities, they will have a deeper understanding of their world, and this can alter their approach to learning.
In fact, a new survey by the Wagner Group, a leading market research firm, found that 80% of American students believe that educational travel resulted in a bigger interest in the topics they are taught at school. The study also discovered that more than half the children that travelled achieved better school grades.
What’s wonderful about travel is that a child can learn anywhere – even in their own city. Travel can mean taking an adventure across the world, or simply stepping out of the classroom and experiencing something new.
You don’t have to travel all the way to the bottom of the ocean to learn about RMS Titanic, as Liverpool offers the Maritime Museum to provide all the information a history lover needs.
Travel can mean heading out to a restaurant other than McDonalds and allowing them to taste different cuisines, such as Lebanese or Greek dishes. This could encourage curiosity, which could lead to travelling dreams that could open up their future employment opportunities.
Taking a child to countries will also improve their language skills. Is a child learning Spanish? Take them to Spain to learn the native tongue. By placing them in situations where they are forced to use the language, they will absorb the words a lot easier and will understand the benefits of learning an additional language.
Travel can also improve a child’s geographical knowledge. Each time you visit a new city or country, point out the destination on the map so they know exactly where they are going. You never know, it might just lead to a future as a climatologist or travel writer.
While learning new things is also important, it is also essential that you allow your child to have a little fun when abroad so they enjoy the experience – as this could promote interest in the country, culture and its history. Don’t throw a bunch of facts or historical trips at them; otherwise, you could stifle their development before you both have even departed the plane. Allow them to have a little fund and let them learn as they go.