Traveling is the BEST Education – Guest Post
5 Reasons Why Traveling Is the Best Education
Most people have a desire to travel to new places, at the back of their minds, be it new countries or continents. Many travel for leisure or perhaps because they have to, either due to work requirements or business ventures.
The fewest group are those who travel for the sole purpose of learning new things. In spite of this, traveling is an exciting way of learning things you would probably never have learned. Most people never consider the educational aspect of travel.
Listed below are 5 reasons why traveling is the best education.
- Learning New Cultures
Travel is the best way to learn about new cultures. If you have lived in one country all your life, you may find that you hardly know much about other cultures in the world. Travel gives you a first-hand experience of other cultures.
Even if you have read or even watched TV documentaries on other cultures, the theoretical knowledge does not give you a practical experience of those cultures. Interacting with locals in a certain country gives you special insight into what they do and why they do it. You’d be surprised how much more you can learn simply by being there to live it yourself.
- It Is the Best Way to Learn New Languages
It doesn’t matter how many foreign language books you have read. You will never learn a new language like you would if you were learning from the foreigners who speak that language. One important thing you learn by interacting with speakers is the pronunciation of those words.
Being in a country where people speak a certain language, say German or French, is that it continually puts pressure on you to learn new words or to understand the things said around you. That is why the fastest way, hands down, to learn a new language is to stay where it is spoken for a certain period of time.
- It Is the Best Way to Study Geography
Perhaps the geographical aspect is one of the most exciting learning experiences of travel. Naturally, people have high expectations of seeing things they have not seen before. They may have read about Mount Everest, the Rift Valley, the Pyramids of Egypt etcetera. But traveling gives them a chance not only to see these things, but to learn much more about those and other things.
Mother Nature has many amazing things to offer, and the best way to see and learn more about the climate and weather patterns in different countries is to visit those places. Most people who travel either hire a tour guide or find a local who can help them navigate those places. This offers a first-hand opportunity to learn not only from the geographical natural features they see but to learn from the best source possible: a local.
- Travel Gives You New Perspectives
Seeing things from a new perspective or leaning to see things from different perspectives is one of the greatest benefits of education. Travel gives you a great opportunity to learn about and understand different places, lifestyles, and cultures. You meet people that have different beliefs and live differently. You get an opportunity to see the difference between their way of life and your way of life.
Travel does not just help you understand different locations, climatic conditions, and different natural resources. It also helps you understand how these things affect people’s way of life, making their way of life different from your own. In a nutshell, travel is a learning opportunity that forces you to learn and embrace new things.
- Travel is the Best Way to Study History
No matter how much you have studied the history of different parts of the world, nothing beats travel when it comes to learning history. The trouble with relying on books only is that they just give you a brief, sometimes misrepresented outline. Visiting places opens doors not only to a vast wealth of historical knowledge but also to visual evidence of historical things.
Seeing the pyramids of Egypt in pictures, for instance, is very different from going right to the pyramids and inside them. Travel enables you to interview the actual people who have a better knowledge and understanding of those events than any history book. You have new sights and sounds to add to the experience and those extra details will help you remember in a context you can’t get any other way.
To sum things up, it is evident that traveling opens up many doors to a vast first-hand wealth of knowledge and enlightenment. People like archaeologists, historians and students of geography know that there is no school like the school of travel.
Thank you, Maria for your guest post!
Maria is part of the community outreach team at Edu Aid. Maria is passionate about ongoing education at all ages, and when isn’t learning new things is a keen walker and cyclist and can be found exploring.
Natalie, The Educational Tourist