Kids love vacation because it means more days away from school. But if you think your kids aren’t learning on vacation, think again! In fact, there is proof that traveling kids are smarter kids. According to several studies that analyzed the impact of vacation on childhood learning, kids who travel with their family score higher on academic achievement assessment tests than those who don’t.
One study, from the U.S. Department of Education, explored whether going on a vacation, the number of days spent on a vacation, and places visited were linked to academic achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics, and general knowledge. The results revealed a significant correlation between academic achievement and taking a family summer vacation.
Family travel is a valuable part of a child’s education that “contributes to cognitive growth and stimulates a child’s sense of wonderment,” says Dr. William Norman, associate professor in parks, recreation, and tourism management at Clemson University in South Carolina. “Providing kids with the experience of travel broadens their horizons and opens up their minds to learning,” he says.
It also shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that adults who experienced educational trips in their teenage years were more likely to attend college and earn a higher income. According to a consumer travel survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association and Travel Effect, learning-focused travel impacts academic performance and career growth. The data found that adults who took educational trips in their youth make 12 percent more per year and were significantly more likely to graduate from college than those who did not take such trips.
With summer quickly approaching, vacations are a strong reminder of why spending time together as a family has lasting benefits on mom, dad, and the kids in all aspects of their lives. Think about how your next vacation could transform how your child approaches learning, deepens their understanding of the world, and expands their career possibilities.
Need further convincing? Ask your kids!