However I have always believed that when you travel you should learn something. Travel is fun and exciting but should also be enlightening. I think you learn more by doing than just by watching it on TV or from reading a book. I do not learn well from books but I can’t begin to list everything I have learned from my travels.
When my girls were younger I took them to the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan to learn more about the Dutch culture. They learned about endangered species when we went on trip to South Carolina and witnessed the release of baby loggerhead turtles. In Florida they learned about the endangered manatee when we snorkeled with the amazing gentle giants in the Crystal River.
They also have picked cotton in Alabama and have seen chocolate being made in Hershey Pennsylvania. Both of my girls have learned a lot through our travels.
When I took my Girl Scout troop to Canada, the Bahamas and to Mexico I assured the girl’s parents that the trips would not only be fun but educational.
On a trip to Jamestown with my granddaughters I told them that they needed to learn something from the trip. Taylor the eldest said “I learned Pocahontas was a real person, not just a Disney character!”
When my nieces and nephews traveled to Washington DC (a trip I believe every American should do) they called their Aunt Marsha on the ride home to tell me what they had learned!
“I hear and I forget,
I see and I remember,
I experience and I understand.”
We are never too old to learn, so just because “school is out for summer” it does not mean we must stop learning. (Teachers I hope you appreciate this advice!)
So this summer be a student again … go out and learn something and parents help out your children’s teachers.
"Travel is a great education: It teaches you how little you know when you’re very far away."~ Anonymous