The world’s a big place and students are chomping at the bit to see as much of it as they can. They’re young and endlessly curious. Sometimes, parents can be a little skeptical about the value of educational travel. They question whether it’s money well spent. They fear that it’s just an excuse to have a good time. They worry about the security of their children, while on tour.
The title of this post reveals its purpose. I aim to debunk here, several educational travel myths which need to be put to rest.
Educational travel myths debunked #1: “It’s just an expensive party!”
Over the years, I’ve heard this from a lot of parents. As a tour planner and logistics expert, I can honestly tell you that nothing is further from the truth. This is right at the top of the list of education travel myths I hope to debunk here.
Educational travel encompasses not just sight-seeing and fun, but opportunities for enrichment which delve into history and culture. These elements are built into all educational tours of any value. As a programmer, I seek to tailor tours to groups, teasing out their interests and speaking to them with unique, education-rich itineraries.
Educational travel myths debunked #2: “The world is dangerous!”
Security is a big one for parents facing the prospect of sending their child off on an adventure, especially outside the USA. But the truth is that the world is a safer place than we’re led to believe. Especially on a well organized, professionally curated tour, the security of the group is a primary consideration. That’s something I take very seriously as a logistics professional. Young people on one of my tours are in the best hands possible.
Educational travel myths debunked #3: “This won’t do anything for my kid’s education!”
This is one of the most stubborn myths about educational travel. The assumption is that education is all about classroom learning, books, and tests. That’s a very traditional viewpoint and while there’s nothing wrong with tradition, this way of thinking about education gives short shrift to experience as the ultimate teacher.
Educational travel gives young people the opportunity to encounter culture and history in real time. It leads them to ask important questions and challenge assumptions. From educational travel, students learn to form their own opinions, based on what they see and experience. That’s the root of thinking critically and critical thinking is a tool to help us interpret what we’re taught. Without that skill, students are given only raw information, without the means to decode it through the lens of their own experiences. Educational travel is a gift, in this respect.
I offer these educational travel myths, debunked, because they’re the three objections I hear most often from parents. They’re not frivolous or petty objections. But the fact is, they’re myths and myths need to be debunked.
It’s important to me that young people are given the opportunity to encounter the world around them in tangible ways and educational travel provides the perfect arena for that. Contact us to talk about educational travel.