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How to use Travel as an Educational Tool

People travel for many reasons: vacation, business, visiting loved ones, school and because they like the open road. No matter the reason for traveling, you should make the most of the trip by having fun learning as much as you can about about the area and its people. If you are on a tight schedule, then you may think you do not have the time to go exploring and learning about the area. Happily, this is just not true, there are many ways you can use your travels as an eye opening, learning experience to remember.

Research.

Before you leave home, do some research on the place(s) you are going to be traveling to, this way you have an idea of what to expect when you get there. Prior research also helps you to figure out what sights to see and what places to visit. Traveling to a place you have never been, or have been a hundred times, should always be viewed as a new and interesting adventure! You might learn a new recipe or discover a different variety of coffee, the sky is the limit when you are lucky enough to visit different areas.

Ask Locals Questions.

One of the best ways to learn about an area is by asking the people that live there. You might be surprised at some of the things they will tell you, such as local legends and directions to some of the local hot spots for fun and entertainment. People are what give an area its colorful history and flavor. Take notes on what you learn so you can refer to them later. Never miss the opportunity to talk to the local people of the places you travel to, they might be able to tell you an interesting story or two.

Brochures/Pamphlets.

Grab these valuable little bits of information every chance you get! They usually contain photos of notable places, directions to get to get to these places and other local information. You can learn so much about a place and its people just by reading a handful of brochures. The other nice thing about brochures and pamphlets is that they make wonderful souvenirs because they free!

Take Pictures.

When you travel anywhere, it is a good idea to take pictures of the sights and important things like information plaques. Even if you do not have time to stop at each place, take pictures from the cab/car as you speed by! It may sound a little silly to try and take pictures from a moving vehicle, but you might be surprised at how good they turn out. Every time you stop somewhere, snap a few photos before you move on to the next destination. Be careful not to snap too many pictures with people in them, this can make some people nervous or even angry. You can always look at the pictures later and do some research on the buildings/sights online or at your local library when you get home.

Visit Tourist Center.

If you have a limited amount of time to sightsee, then a good suggestion is to make the tourist center a mandatory destination. These centers offer information on the area’s historical sights and the history of the area itself. The staff at these centers are generally very friendly and knowledgeable and are more than happy to answer your questions. Tourist centers are great places to get the highlights of an area when you do not have the time to take a leisurely tour on your own. Please note: tourist centers are also a great starting off point if you are on vacation and do not know what to see or do in that area.

Traveling can be such a rewarding and interesting activity in itself. There is always something to see, do and people to meet! Even if you travel frequently for business and have tight schedules and meetings galore, you can still manage to learn a few things about the city and its history.