Educational Travel and the Benefits to Children

The key benefit to traveling lies with the acquisition of direct experiences, combined with a “hands-on” approach to learning that complements a child’s development, knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Traveling, either localized or internationally, can be used as a direct source of education, if the planned excursion is designated as an educational outing, but a child will also acquire knowledge of alternative environments as an indirect source on any trip away from home, because a child will actively absorb the sights and sounds of their surroundings.

Visiting any destination outside of the home envirnment can aid learning. A combination of the unseen, exciting propositions and the practicing of learned material that has been derived from textbooks, television, the media and the Internet.

Schools and education centers usually arrange for the children to travel on trips as part of the curriculum, to heighten what is taught in the classroom. It is accepted that an arranged trip will increase a child’s awareness and comprehension of the subject matter. Educational excursions can cover a wide range of topics, from history and museums to coastal studies and the beach, because it is viewed as being a fun and valued learning aid.

Aside from school excursions the study and acquiring of information can be incorporated into family outings, whether it is through a day trip or a planned vacation. Home or abroad, travel is beneficial to a child’s development.

A child may have seen pictures of wild animals and have read written text on their habitats, what they feed on and the animals size and development, but to visit a zoo or be able to see them in natural environment aids the child and increases their awareness and education.

To travel is to allow for the interaction between a child and their location, and a child will not only learn if they are traveling for a specified cause, but will also digest the encompassing terrain and habitat. A trip to a wildlife park to see the lions and tigers will allow for the viewing of animals from across the continents, and a trip abroad will allow for the discovery and the interplay with different cultures, habitats and environments.

To summarize, educational travel has numerous benefits for children as the potential for education is everywhere and travel can equip a child with a higher degree of learning that cannot always be obtained from written and oral sources.