Kids Learn A Lot from Travel!

​"According to the U.S. Travel Association, kids who took learning-focused trips between the ages of 12 and 18 achieved higher grades and, as adults, earned higher incomes than those who didn’t travel."--Lois Alter Mark, from her blog for mothers of adult kids, "Midlife at the Oasis"

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    Kat Mahoney
    We're a military family, so we literally travel every 4 years and we tend to take longer family vacations during the year we are moving, just to get the kids adjusting to the chaos surrounding us and the changes we have to endure. In fact, military children actually adjust to changes better because they learn new cultures, traditions, languages, food, etc. from all over the world. I write military childrens books and my books focus on deployments and geographical locations to help the children learn where they will be moving next or where their parent will be deploying to. This helps the children feel closer to their parent while they are deployed and it especially helps to learn about a place before they relocate to it. For our family, when we travel, we always make sure at least one of the places we visit include something educational. For instance, we took a trip to Fort Ticonderoga NY to learn about the Revolutionary War. My children are straight A students and have won several awards for community service as well as Channel 7 News Kid of the Month and Radio Disney Guest DJs. So I have to agree that the traveling does open them up to several positive engagements and academic encouragements!
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    11/07/13
    We are a military family (for now) also! Where are you guys stationed, if you don't mind my asking?
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    11/07/13
    Kat Mahoney
    We are stationed in Delaware at the moment, but we've been in for 23 years so retirement is upon us soon! I'm actually NOT looking forward to a permanent home because I was a military brat turned spouse so I've never known life without the military and traveling (40 years!!). I think I just want to get a small home and a BIG RV to just travel when my kids move out lol!!
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      11/06/13
      8Theresa Gould
      It just seems like children learn and take things better when they can physically experience what is being taught.

      This gives us all a great excuse to travel with our children! :)
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        11/07/13
        That is so great to know because my husband and I plan to unschool and do much educational travelling. Glad to know it actually does make a difference!
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