We learn so much while we’re in school, but travel offers experiences that you just can’t replicate in the classroom. And these lessons aren’t just for children – curious travelers of all ages learn while traveling. So whether you’re eight or 80, discover why travel is the best education.
It gets you out of your comfort zone.
A daily routine offers a sense of security, but sometimes you need to get away from the day-to-day. And one of the easiest – and most fun – ways to do so is by traveling. It can be a few days or a few weeks, but getting out of your comfort zone allows you to experience something you never would back at home.
You experience other cultures.
We can get so caught up thinking our way is the right way to do things. When you travel, you get to see how other people live their lives. You will find some similarities and some differences, and you can learn that there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to live. And who knows, you may even come home with a new idea that you can apply to your life.
It makes you more creative.
As you immerse yourself in a destination and experience something new, you can unlock creativity. And don’t just take our word for it – some scientific studies support the theory.
It teaches you gratitude.
Gratitude is so important in your overall wellbeing. When you practice gratitude, you learn to focus on the positive things in your life rather than the negative. During your travels, you can’t help but feel appreciative, whether it is for time away from your inbox, the out-of-this-world meal at a local spot, the view from a rewarding hike, or even when you’re home and back in your own bed.
You meet different people.
As human beings, we are meant to make connections and form relationships with each other, and some of the most memorable moments in travel come from meeting others. It doesn’t matter if it’s fellow travelers or local people; having conversations and listening to someone else’s story broadens your perspective and may even result in lasting friendship.
It is hands-on learning.
When you travel, textbooks (or Wikipedia pages) come to life before your eyes. You have the opportunity to watch a local artisan create something or see Monet’s Water Lilies in person rather than just reading about it. These firsthand experiences create much more lasting impressions and spark your interest to learn more.
It teaches you life skills.
From patience to problem solving, travel can teach you skills that can’t always be learned in school. Sure, dealing with a language barrier or trying to navigate through a new city can be frustrating, but you learn to slow down and take each moment as it comes. And those skills can make the most stressful day back at home much more manageable.
You can learn together.
Learning is often an independent journey. It’s hard for two people to read a book together and parents don’t get to sit in the classroom alongside their children every day. However, when you travel together, you get to learn together. From taking a mask-making class in Venice to learning to cook authentic Greek cuisine, you can share the experience of learning and growing.