In many cases, kids learn by absorbing the information and environment around them. As a result, exposing your youngster to the multitude of experiences that travel offers can provide unique, hands-on learning experiences. Consider, for example, these three benefits of travel.
1. Every moment is an opportunity to learn something new
When traveling, your child has the unique opportunity to continually absorb new knowledge and skills. Many children thrive when learning in a hands-on manner, and travel takes the skills and concepts your student may have learned in the classroom and puts these to use in a real-world setting.
For instance, if your child has recently studied geography, a trip to a national park such as the Grand Canyon might allow her to experience in person what she has previously only encountered in school. She might even deepen her knowledge by speaking with park rangers or participating in a Junior Ranger program at certain national parks. If you take your child on a trip overseas, she can experience all that the new culture has to offer, including discovering customs, learning about the language, and participating in day-to-day life in that country.
Travel is also a great chance for children to disconnect from technology. Your child may have seen your travel destination on TV or the internet, and this trip will give her the opportunity to put down the screen and experience these destinations firsthand. Technology is great for a multitude of reasons, but briefly disconnecting can also show her the positives of living in the moment.
2. Travel can build confidence and encourage your child to try new things
Traveling often forces individuals out of their comfort zones. While initially uncomfortable, this can have great benefits. Traveling helps children discover many things, including what type of travel he likes and what cultures and destinations he is most interested in learning more about. Exposing your student to travel can foster a love of exploration and open-mindedness about the outside world. Simple acts like ordering his own food or selecting the day’s activity can build confidence and demonstrate that he can successfully handle these types of situations. If you travel to a different country, your child may have the opportunity to participate in local cultural practices, such as learning a new musical instrument or trying new foods.
3. Travel provides the opportunity to meet new people and discover new cultures
Through travel, children will meet new people who have unique stories to tell. No matter if you travel to another country or a different part of the United States, your child will encounter people who live differently than she does. She may have heard or read about other cultures’ practices, but experiencing them firsthand and learning about their background from locals can provide insight into the culture that she may not otherwise have.
She will also encounter other travelers whom she can also learn from. She can discover why these travelers chose this particular destination, other places they may have traveled, and things they have learned along the way.
Caitlin Grove is an Associate Content Coordinator for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.