Although classroom work is a good basis for a child’s education, the opportunity to experience the world through educational travel can offer benefits that far outweigh any traditional educational methods and allow children the ability to apply a hands-on approach to learning.
1. Educational travel can take many forms, ranging from a day trip to a local destination of historical significance to a month-long trip to Europe. The length and distance is not as important as the educational benefits that such a trip will offer a child.
2. While many educational travel opportunities are offered through school, children can also benefit from educational trips during non-school times as well. Plan educational trips during holiday breaks, weekends or during summer recess, which will allow the child to mix the fun of travel with a learning experience.
3. Consider the child’s current course of study and attempt to coordinate a trip with what she is learning in school. For example, if a middle school child is learning about the Civil War, consider a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit Ford’s Theater, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Museum.