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Best Family Travel Educational Tips

July 29, 2013

Best family travel educational tips like wearing traditional clothes

Heading out on your summer vacation or holiday travel and looking for the best family travel educational tips?



After 8  years of non-stop round-the-world travel, we have more than our share of best tips for learning while traveling because our primary reason for our travel is to educate our child through worldschooling.

"Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion" - Hunt



"Providing kids with the experience of travel broadens their horizons and opens up their minds to learning." Dr. William Norman



“We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.” - Ken Robinson

TIPS AND BENEFITS OF EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL FOR KIDS


Make history come alive by visiting sacred sites like this one in Bhutan and wearing native dress


 You don't have to be a long term traveldigital nomad family to take advantage of these tips, ANY one can take ANY vacation and turn it into a learning vacation and homeschool enrichment program.

Take advantage of exposing your child to ANY new environment and learn together by being curious!

"Once a year, go some place you have never been before" - Dalai Lama


Education and travel work together even more when you learn the language

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE IS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW A CULTURE

Since her parents are monolinguals, our child wouldn't be as fluent in Mandarin or as fluent in Spanish without travel, nor would she be such a good reader in 3 languages.

Learning languages at home from birth, will give your kids a head start in life and add to any travel.

Education can be gained by spending time in another country and culture like our little flamenco dancer in Spain
"Travel, in the younger sort, is part of education; in the elder, a part of experience." Bacon 

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS


Our child was already fluent in Spanish before we traveled to Spain, so monolinguals can raise multilingual kids at home....

 BUT learning Spanish in Spain made a huge difference in her second language immersion with reading and writing, as well as connecting deeply with locals and the culture.



Travel and books go hand and hand and one of the major keys to our homeschooling plan, is reading about places before, during and after a trip which enriches the experience.




 ”One free lunch in the world is to learn another language in early childhood.”-  Pinker, MIT Linguist

Make touring ancient sites like Ephesue fun even for young chlldren by using costumes, books and imagination

TOP TIP FOR EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL WITH KIDS

Kids love fun and travel icons, so one of the best educational tips for young travelers is dressing them up in local costumes. This helps them connect deeper to the culture and the history and it is a fantastic souvenir too that takes up little room in your suitcase.

Make education fun for kids like joining these terracotta warriors in Xi'an, China

BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS

You don't always have to buy them, sometimes you can just borrow them from locals or they are part of the tourism photo opportunities like these photos from the Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China or Alhambra in Spain. We travel on just $23/day per person, so sticking to a tiny budget is important to us.

dressing up as a moorish princess adds to the living history of the Alahambra for this child

MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE

Yes, it may be a bit corny, but kids love it and it always ends up to be a giggle for the whole family and a photo treasure that you will enjoy forever that brings the happy memories back.

Our 12 year old daughter still remembers playing a Moorish princess at the Alhambra ( multigenerational travel) in this photo above taken when she was barely 6, like it was yesterday.

Educational tip? Eat like a local in dress and chopsticks like here in Beijing

DIP INTO LOCAL CULTURE WITH FOOD

A special meal like this Peking Duck in Beijing, can be made even more special by adding tradtional clothes and using chop sticks like locals.

Teach kids even concepts like what it is like to be a pilgrim on the camino in Spain

TEACH HISTORY THE FUN WAY

A costume and photo op can help a child make deeper meaning out of being a little pilgrim on the famous Camino in Santiago de Compostela, along with reading about it.


 
"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." - Streightif


Learn about your heritage and cultural roots through travel as we did in Scotland

MAKE THE MOST OUT OF HERITAGE TRAVEL

Sometimes when doing heritage travel, it is hard to resist the clothes of one's ancestors. It certainly made Edinburgh's Festival in Scotland, more exciting for us with our daughter dressed in a tam and kilt from a family traditional pattern and fisherman sweater.

Fablulous first hand lessons with a street performer added unexpecgted  magic to our tour.



"Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings." Carter

Gondola ride in Venice made extra special with a mask and violin

Sometimes it's small things like this adorable Venetian mask that she wore on the gondola ride where she played the violin as we explored Venice.

 Doing kids book based itineraries makes it more enriching for families with young children.



"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world" - Radmacher

Let travel take reading to a new level - like visiting hogwarts!

What could be better for a 7 year old Harry Potter fan than flying with Harry at Hogwarts? We thought it well worth the money to buy her favorite Gryfindor hero Hermoine's robe and broom here and used it for a Halloween costume for several years.

( Later she got her wand at Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida at 11).



"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road" - Kerouac


FAMILY TRAVEL ADVENTURE TIPS

Usually our daughter Mozart does the dressing up, but sometimes we all do it. Again, not a traditional costume, but fun to experience this ice bar in Stockholm in the summer time.

family travel fun - dressing up at the ice bar in Stockholm

FAMILY ADVENTURE IDEAS

Sometimes, like recently in Beijing at the Forbidden City, we do it with the whole family.



It made our second trip to the this famous palace extra exciting, brought insight into the Emperors lavishness and sophistication, enhanced our colorful Beijing Opera understanding and we still laugh every time we watch this video.

"Every hundred feet the world changes." - Roberto Bolaño

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 Have you ever used costumes or traditional clothes to help you with educational travel with kids? What are your best tips to add education to every trip, holiday or vacation?

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Mishele Newkirk-Smith

Great idea to dress up for pictures to get a sense of the culture.

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