What is the Educational Tourist?
So, what IS The Educational Tourist?
What is The Educational Tourist? – Researcher
Who is The Educational Tourist? WHAT is an educational tourist? I am!! I combine extensive, hands-on experience in the educational system with a traveler’s eye for cultural adventures. I create travel guides and give parents the ‘how to’ to make each family adventure marvelous so they can create memories that last a lifetime!
I research all the cool, wonderful, wild, weird, and historic information about a destination. Then, I stir that around with child centered activities and create a travel guide which combines the information a child needs to really understand and appreciate a place with activities to help that understanding really stick in their mind.
What sort of activities?
In my travel guides you’ll find things like: Word searches, Color by number (In the Rome travel guide we use Roman numerals for this), Create your own things like pizza – gladiator name – family flag. These activities keep kids focused by having them search for animals in statues (Did you know there are animals and plants hidden in the Trevi fountain?), or looking for certain colors or items in museum scavenger hunts. When they are focused you can enjoy the museum, too!
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What is The Educational Tourist? – Writer
I’ve taught for 15 years in a variety of grades – kids ages 5-14. I not only taught various levels and subjects but also wrote creative classroom lessons for a nationally published magazine (The Mailbox for fellow teachers). I use that hands-on classroom experience and create travel guides that kids can understand with information they actually care about.
I know these travel guides WORK because each one has been used with my own kids. I create a guide for our own trips. I take a rough draft on our trips to use. While we travel we use the information, add some, tweak some..and then when we return I publish so YOU can use the kids’ travel guides to make your trip fantastic!
Not all travel guides are created equally.
Have you actually READ travel guides lately? It sure seems like the target audience for most guides on the market is a retired history major. I say retired because who else has time to read 347 pages of the driest language on….. anything? The history is complete, but it is too dry…and maybe too complete.
Kids are naturally curious and want to learn, but not literally EVERYTHING! On vacation kids want just the good stuff….just the interesting stuff…and that, ladies and gentlemen is just what is in my Travel Guides for kids – just the good stuff. Read more about how The Educational Tourist Travel Guides differ from the rest.
Have you ever been to a museum and hired a tour guide? Did your eyes glaze over when they began to drone on and on (and on and on and on) about the differences between 27 paintings of Madonna and Child they were forcing you to see? You actually PAID this guide to lead you to 27 identical paintings of Madonna and Child and tell you as much boring stuff about them as physically possible.
Did your travel partner have to wake you up when your tour was over? Now, imagine being a kid in that scenario! UGH! Your mom and dad drag you to a museum and bore you to tears. What does a kid do? They act up! They whine!! They tell you the whole thing is lame and they wish you had left them at home!
STOP THE WHINING!
You CAN take the kids (and your spouse) to a museum without anyone whining! The KEY is preparation. Curious children need to know….Why are they going? What is the big deal about this museum? Even more important….why is THIS Madonna and Child so important. (You have to admit that is a valid question when it seems almost all of the paintings in museums have the same subject!!)
My travel guides for kids answer those questions. They serve as Cliff Notes for adults, too, so you can answer those questions for your spouse, too, if he or she is whining. 😉 But better still, while you are admiring the art in the museum the kids are answering questions, looking for clues, and putting tally marks on the pages of their guide. Everyone is interested and everyone is engaged. Everyone enjoys the visit!
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What is The Educational Tourist – MOM
The adages about how “It isn’t lost till mom can’t find it” are true. Moms are the glue in families! Dads are important too – nothing taken away from them, but most moms are travel guides extraordinaire!
I’m a mom, too. I’ve planned, packed, lugged and carried my kiddos all over the US and abroad and have learned along the way. Somethings were learned the hard way (Note to self: ALWAYS pack the first aid kit with you – and not in the luggage which is underneath the plane where you won’t see it for hours and hours and hours….) and I share all the lessons with you so the way is paved smoothly!
Are your kids missing school and you are wondering how to convince the school your trip is educational? Boy, have you come to the right place! Read how travel can help you learn math and practice reading skills.
What is The Educational Tourist – Parent
Like you, I’m raising global citizens. What does that mean to me? I want my kids to know enough about the world to enjoy it. We fear what we don’t understand. Let’s teach our kids so there isn’t anything to fear and they can fit beautifully in the world around them.
I want my kids to have an open mind to:
I can show you how to expose your kids to all the above things that will open their minds and expand their horizons while you have a wonderful family adventure!
What is The Educational Tourist? Advocate
Sometimes travel takes place at the ‘wrong time’. By that I mean sometimes travel opportunities come up during the school year. For example, maybe dad has a business trip and the rest of the family can tag along. Perhaps someone is getting married and you want to combine the trip with a few days of exploration since you’ve already paid to get all the way to the destination.
Since I believe that travel is educational, and during travel, a child’s world is increased in ways that can’t happen any other way, I’m a HUGE believer in taking that child out of school if need be.
When you take a child out of school you’ll need to consider several factors: How much time are you allowed to have in absences? What will the child miss in curriculum? How can you use your travel to satisfy the missed school time so your child isn’t buried in make up work.
When you travel I strongly recommend my travel guides for kids. They are educational on topics like history, art, and culture AND keep kids happily engaged in your trip so you can enjoy it, too! Show the book to your child’s teacher as proof your kiddo was learning!
You CAN raise a global minded citizen and have fun doing it.
What is The Educational Tourist? Teacher
I hear a lot from people – “Yeah, but you’re a teacher.” like teaching is some mysterious thing that only certain people can do.
The truth is ALL parents are teachers.
Don’t believe me? Think about this! Who taught your kid to use a spoon? Who taught your kids to use the potty? Who taught them to choose clothing that was appropriate for the weather? (Extra points if you can actually get them to wear the weather appropriate clothing though. Mine wear shorts in the winter!) Who teaches them to say I’m sorry, brush their teeth, use a seat belt, and to not throw cheerios at the dog?
You taught them all those things and you can teach them even more. I’ll show you how to teach them about philosophy, art, history, and culture while you have the family adventure of a lifetime. YOU are their greatest teacher and always will be. Show them your passions and what interests you in the world. There is nothing more valuable than giving the kids a peek into your soul.
What is The Educational Tourist? – Adventurer
My philosophy on travel is to experience cultures different than my own by being an engaged participant in the experience. Don’t just be a casual observer. Taking the kids along can show them how to serve as a part of the world around them. Teach them how we are all alike AND different and how interesting that is! Show they how they fit in.
I have had lots of practice with this one. Dad had to work during the days on shore while we were on a Disney cruise. SO, that meant I (who is totally a rock in the water) had to go snorkeling….and I (who is truly a lover of things low to the ground) had to try zip lining from a very high spot…that had 7 – count them 7, spots to hurtle through the air. I took a deep breath, told the kids I was scared but that stepping outside of your comfort zone was important and that if I could do things that made me nervous so could they. Raise brave explorers!!
I believe that a traveler should not only take in the usual tourist spots such as museums, churches, and palaces, but also taste the local cuisine, say hello in the native language, and savor the rich and unique flavor of each destination. You can teach the kids about the far flung and exotic with a little preparation before hand. You’ve come to the right place for kid friend travel tips and information for multi generational travel!
Be respectful and visit the church of a different religion than you own. Watch artists create. Watch snake charmers charm. Get off the beaten path! Take the kids and don’t look back. The memories you make are priceless.
Join me on these adventures!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist