"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled." (Mohammed)
Sometimes there is learning even in the souvenirs that you bring home, like our Sand Art from Jordan! This photo is our 10 year old playing Jordan Monopoly in Barcelona! It was a spectacular gift for us from our Jordan trip that will help us remember that trip forever.
( Note the cheetos indulgence was when Dad was on duty because I was dealing with travel health issues and this pattern is one reason we are being very strict this year as far as healthy travel food).
One of the great joys of travel is it is experiential, hands-on learning that stays with you for a lifetime. Every time Mozart reads a book or sees a movie about a place we have visited, she has a depth of understanding that can not be gotten any other way.
Books and movies are a great way to enhance travel before, during and after. Here is how we used books to create a kids itinerary in Venice:
BEST BENEFITS OF EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL FOR CHILDREN
HANDS ON LEARNING
UNDERSTANDING OTHER CULTURES
DEEPER PERSPECTIVE ON HISTORY
MORE FAMILY TIME AND DISCUSSIONS
TEACHES ADAPTIBILITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING
GREATER GEOGRAPHIC AWARENESS
TAKING ON DIFFERENT ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY
MORE SELF LED LEARNING
MAKING FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD
What are your favorite benefits of travel and how do you increase them?