5 Reasons Why Travel is Important for Students

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

On its own, travel is a powerful tool for teaching, but also its own brand of education. The exposure to new places, new things, and new people provide lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom or in familiar surroundings. Here are 5 reasons why travel is important for students.

Travel Supports the Curriculum

First-hand experience is an irreplaceable asset when teaching a subject. Texts and lesson plans are bolstered by relevant hands-on experiences. History comes to life when you walk the halls of a museum, math gains real-world relevance when you see what it takes for a spaceship to break through Earth's atmosphere, the words "We the people..." gain real weight in Washington, D.C.

An unstructured and unfamiliar learning environment provides an opportunity for the students to see a subject from different angles and learn on their own terms, with lessons in the classroom as a foundation for their understanding.

Travel Encourages Healthy Development

The benefit of traveling for students extends beyond education, and into a lifetime's worth of increased potential. The U.S. Travel Association conducted a study that showed students who took field trips as part of their primary education had higher grades, higher high school graduation rates, higher university attendance, and higher annual income as adults.

Adults who traveled as children (from the same study) reported feeling more connected to American heritage, open to other viewpoints than their own, and "More tolerant".

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one's lifetime." -Mark Twain