Going on a holiday with children doesn't need to be a chore, and it doesn't always need to be about fun and games. Many parents take their children abroad to destinations such as Spain, France and the United States without much thought about how they can turn an otherwise fun-oriented holiday into something educational as well.
So to help you get the best of both worlds next time you go on holiday, here are 4 ways to make a holiday both fun and educational for you children.
Mask your intent behind something else
The first major tip you should follow is to mask your intent to make the trip educational. There are many fun activities that can help teach your children something new, be it something scientific, based on history or even about maths. A good example of this is taking them to a museum or somewhere educational such as the NASA space centre. Not only will your children get to see lots of different space relics and technology, but they’ll also get to learn about the history of space travel. The moment you mention study, however, things will go downhill so you don't want to mention it being educational.
Learn their interests and pick something that suits them
Your child probably has hundreds of interests and hobbies, which is why it's important to learn them so you can pick something that resonates with them. For instance, if your child loves art, a holiday to an iconic location such as Paris would be an excellent learning and eye-opening experience. If they prefer cartoons and comics, then a trip to America or even Japan would be a great option. Maybe your child loves animals and learning about them. If that’s the case, you can take them on a trip to a zoo to learn about exotic animals and wildlife in the country.
Organise a school trip with their friends
Having a school trip with friends is going to be a lot more fun than just going with family. Although it takes a lot more planning, school trips to Italy and France or other local destinations can be a lot of fun and educational at the same time. There are many things to learn especially when it comes to language, art or even a tour of monuments and museums. There are plenty of cities around Europe that offer some unique cultural experiences, and while it’s not part of their academic program, it’s also not a bad learning experience just to explore more of what life has to offer.
Weave educational visits with fun ones
No matter where you go, there are plenty of tourist destinations that allow you to learn something with your child. For instance, if you visit an exotic location such as China or Japan, then there are plenty of workshops that will teach you everything from cooking to the language. These can be eye-opening experiences that will forever change your child’s view of the world assuming they’re able to accept what they see and learn more about the culture. However, as mentioned in the second point, you need to be able to pique their interest or else it will become a waste of time.