Travel is just for fun and relaxation, right? It’s a way to shed the stress of your ordinary surroundings and relax on white beaches or in a cabin in the mountains. Cory Carnley of Gainesville, Florida, disagrees, and while his job as a travel blogger certainly involves some relaxing trips, he has revealed that, as travel restrictions fall, and we venture back out into the world, travel can be an education.
When, on the 15th March 2020, the US imposed restrictions on the movements of residents to curb the spread of COVID-19, many parents found themselves suddenly coaching their children’s schooling from home. Cory Carnley of Gainesville noted that this seemed to broaden parents’ understanding of the type of education their children were receiving and how they learned.
Today, as these travel restrictions start to lift and Cory can get back to completing his goal of visiting all 50 states (he only has six to go), Carnley reveals that some of the best educational experiences may just exist in those moments of downtime over the holidays.
Cory Carnley from Gainesville warns that educational travel is only possible if you’re open to it. If your idea of a holiday is not to immerse yourself in the culture of the place you’re visiting, then you’ll likely go home with as much knowledge as you left with.
If you are open to new experiences, though, you and your kids might just learn as much, if not more, as you would in a month of school.
Travel exposes you to new languages. Even if, like Cory, you keep your travels mainly local to the US, you’ll be experiencing new dialects and jargon.
The culture of the place you visit is an education in itself and helps us to understand how we fit into a multicultural and diverse country.
The local foods and history of the place you choose to travel to are also rich in learning experiences, as you see how the people that shaped a place centuries before also influenced the way the residents of that area eat and celebrate today.
Travel is, of course, a geography lesson too, as you map out your trip to your destination and figure out your way around it.
Cory Carnley of Gainesville is a student of life; he knows from experience that learning while you enjoy yourself is the best type of education available. It sure beats hitting the books, when you could hit the beaches instead.