Actually, I do not know how smart I am. But I was always pretty good at school. However, can we thank that to the many holidays my parents took me on when I was a kid?
Maybe. Because studies have found that children that travel have better academic performance, than children that do not travel on holidays.
And my parents, took my bigger sister and me on many vacations when we were children. Almost every holiday, on car trips around Norway, Sweden or Denmark. When I was six years old, we travelled down Europe in car. Thereafter, we started to travel to far away destination – Ireland, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Gambia etc. So all of these trips, should have had a positive impact on my academic results, if we believe the results of research made on the topic.
Because it is now proved that travel is a crucial component to a child’s cognitive development. Professor William Norman, found that seeing the world directly affects a child’s own sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. This type of curiosity inspires children to learn more. Furthermore this contributes to that the child perform better at school in reading, math and general knowledge than their peers who do not go on vacations.
The U.S. Department of Education study found the same. However, they found that it does not matter where you go. The children did not have to travel far for have better results. Children who spent time at museums, historical sites, state parks, and even the zoo and the beach had significantly higher academic achievement scores than those who did not. However, the number of days of the family trips have an impact. The longer the vacations, the better!
So I guess I can thank, at least a little bit, the travels I did with my parents for my good academical results. And now that we know that it is a significant link between academic achievement and taking a family vacation, do you think that have had any impact on your results (or on your children’s results) in school?