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Is it okay to take your kids out of school to travel?

Is It OK to Take Your Kids Out of School to Travel?

Post by Kary

This is a question hotly debated by parents all over the country.  My answer to this question is YES!  You should absolutely allow your child to miss school for travel.  The only caveat being if they are truly struggling and even then you should still consider it.

Is it ok to take your kids out of school for travel? - The Traveling Gals

In my own experience, I have never hesitated at taking my daughter out of school to travel from pre-school throughout college.  I am sure this is why she is the main Traveling Gal, Ashley!  Education goes far beyond the classroom.  While the classroom is the foundation and largest part of studies, life experience is crucial to learning and overall education.  I have always stressed the importance of a solid, first-rate schooling and my daughter achieved that goal.  However, there is no substitute for experiencing culture, lifestyle, history and landscape for yourself.  To study World War I and II and then travel through Europe only strengthens your knowledge and deepens your understanding.  After learning about the Vietnam War and then traveling through Vietnam you gain perspective that can never be found in books.  The same can be said for the current world situation.  We are inundated with information regarding the global state or affairs.  To visit other places you only hear about, can completely reshape your mindset about issues and develop a more well-rounded viewpoint.   There is also unparalleled benefit in spending time as others live in other parts of the world or even our own country.  Firsthand exposure to other cultures and standards of living is an education unto itself.

It is up to you as the parent to make the most of travel.  You need to emphasize the educational aspects and teach your children how to appreciate learning while having fun.   Anticipation and planning are an important part of taking a big trip.  Here are some ideas on how to prepare in advance to make the most out of the academic side of travel:

  • Research important significant places in each city you visit and read so you are informed before you get there;
  • Download podcasts that correspond to places you are visiting.  Many museums and historical landmarks offer podcasts on-line.
  • Read travel essays or novels that take place in the countries you are visiting;
  • Educate yourself and your children on exciting events that have taken place where you are traveling;
  • Try a new sport or going to a sporting event from the country you will be in.

My daughter has been provided with a very well rounded education as well as a mature view of the world and her place in it through both the classroom and travel.  Although an excellent student, her journeys while growing up have proved equally important.  As a Mother, our travels together have been the best times of my life.  It is priceless bonding time and worth a few make-up tests and homework assignments.

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Top 5 Spooky Scotland Experiences from Tots2Travel

Thank you to Tots2Travel for sharing this post with us! If you are interested in family travel, they have a wonderful blog! Here are some seriously spooky experiences in Scotland that you can enjoy with the kiddies.

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Nowhere does Halloween like America but this year if your family is looking for history and atmosphere on All Hallow’s Eve then you should definitely let Scotland cast its spell. Here is Tots2Travel’s Top 5 spooky days out to frighten your little devils.

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Mary King's Close1 EDINBURGH The Real Mary King’s Close – what’s underneath your feet in Edinburgh can make you shudder – Mary King’s Close is a seriously creepy subterranean warren of underground streets. A few hundred years ago this close was home to entire families therefore all age of visitor can relate to the tales unravelling before them. Many ghost-hunters have explored the streets to see if the area is haunted but most modern tourists are attracted to the social history experience on offer.

The worst version of the close’s story is that the streets were bricked up during an outbreak of the plague leaving the inhabitants to slowly perish. Discover the truth from costumed tour guides who uncover a slice of Edinburgh street life frozen in time since the 17th century.

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witch-949055_12802 AYRSHIRE – One of Scotland’s best loved hoot of a poem about witches, the devil and haunted graveyards is ‘Tam O’ Shanter’. Its liveliness engages kids with Scots literature, if you don’t mind the booze references. The poem tells the raucous tale of drunken Tam who walks home inebriated and spies witches having a fair old party accompanied on the bagpipes by the Devil in Kirk Alloway. When Tam’s spotted by the wildest witch, Cutty Sark, the coven makes chase but Tam escapes over Brig o’ Doon on his trusty mare Meg. The tale’s a whirlwind of witches, music, pub banter and devilment. By taking a trip to Ayrshire you can visit Kirk Alloway, the bridge Tam famously galloped over, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and the Tam O’ Shanter Inn.

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