Summer Vacations Boost Student Classroom Readiness

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Family Travel, Both Domestic and Abroad, Offers Many Benefits in The Classroom, Survey Says

Summer travel can offer families invaluable bonding time, but according to a survey of educators, family travel can actually boost student readiness and offer many benefits inside the classroom. The survey, conducted by Go Trexx (, a developer of educational travel apps for children, found numerous benefits that stretch beyond the summer. Among them:

  •     Educational travel brings history to life. Trips to historic sites in major cities or to landmarks in destinations like Washington DC can help pull history out of the books and give students a first-hand of experience of the subjects they’ll be studying in the coming school year. The in-depth knowledge and experience they gain will give them a heightened understanding of history and enable them to contribute to or drive classroom conversations.
  •     Family travel improves self-confidence. Allowing a child or teenager to contribute to a summer trip, help guide the family around a destination city or explore a new destination gives that person the knowledge that s/he has the ability to survive and thrive outside their normal comfort zones. This can boost self-esteem and encourage the child to explore new subjects, activities or hobbies during the school year.
  •     Global travel prepares students for participation in a global society. Learning a foreign language and studying foreign cultures in the classroom offers insight for students, but the immersion a student feels when spending time experiencing a foreign nation, speaking a foreign language, and engaging in foreign cultures and cuisines can boost his or her global perspective.
  •     Environmental travel boosts interest in the sciences. Engaging children in study of various climates, ecology, and biology in the classroom is limited to study in books. Environmental travel, which can include a trip to a local or regional nature center, aquarium or hiking trail, can excite students by offering a hands-on experience of the phenomenon they study in the classroom.
  •     Cultural travel can excite a student to become involved in the arts. As budget cuts continue to limit student exposure to art and music classwork, travel to destinations that offer a rich cultural experience can excite children to explore the arts. Taking students to museums, plays or musical performances can provide the spark that drives a child’s lifelong passion for theatre, art, or music.

While overseas travel can be costly and limiting, educators agree that local or regional day or weekend road trips offer students family bonding time and educational experiences that can translate to advantages in the classroom. Local exploration also gives students an appreciation of their local histories and environment.

About Go Trexx:

Founded in 2011, Go Trexx is a developer of entertaining travel applications designed for children ages 7 – 12 to maximize their understanding and enjoyment of popular historical sites and points of interest at global travel destinations. Each destination-specific app features curious travel facts, educational trivia, customizable postcards and family conversation starters that give users a deeper understanding of the sites they are visiting. Go Trexx applications are available for both Apple and Android platforms. For more information, please visit

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