Educational Holidays: Making the most of learning opportunities through family travel
When it comes to getting away with the family, the majority of us focus as much on education as we do on quality time. Even a seemingly innocent trip to the swimming pools of Spain has a lesson or two to teach your kids. Just interacting with children from different countries provides the opportunity to learn languages. This can also help your kids develop a crucial understanding of different cultures.
But, it’d be a mistake to think you have to travel to far off countries to have a decent holiday learning experience. In truth, there are plenty of closer to home options which offer fantastic educational benefits. What’s more, their proximity makes them easily accessible all year around. But, where are these areas, and what benefits do they actually hold?
Without even leaving the country, you could teach your kids a thing or two. Even better, booking a weekend in London will be easier than forking out for two weeks in Spain. As such, you should never underestimate the importance of options like these. You should also never underestimate the learning capabilities of your capital city. Most notably for children, there are benefits like the Natural History Museum, and the Science museum. Both offer hours of educational fun. What’s more, London has history which could teach your whole family a thing or two. As well as being able to take the kids to old streets like Fleet-street, you can take them for tours of sights like The Tower of London. And, why not round the trip off with a little knowledge of the royals with a visit to Buckingham Palace?
If you fancy going further afield, why not head to France? It’s possible to get here in as little as an hour and ten minutes with some airlines. What’s more, the country has a lot to teach. A trip to Paris brings, of course, the benefit of the Eiffel tower and many other iconic monuments. But, you don’t have to stop there. France is a big place, and Paris isn’t the only area which stands to teach your kids. It’s also worth considering areas like Normandy. Many children are taken on Normandy school trips, and it’s easy to see why. The place is drenched in World War 2 history, including Omaha beach, the site of the D-day landings. If you’re interested in teaching about history, then, this is a must-see on any French trip.
Isle of Wight
Let’s not forget that there are also some spectacular islands to visit off the coast of England. Perhaps top of that list is the Isle of Wight. This is especially worth your attention if stunning natural landscapes are a focus for you. This island has some of the most amazing coastal views you could imagine, and a walk along them won’t disappoint from an educational point of view. You’ll even get the chance to glimpse iconic natural structures like the Needles. That’s a sight your kids won’t forget in a hurry.
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