How kids love the summer holidays. Seemingly endless weeks without having to think, or worry, about anything. Even better, the lucky ones get the chance to jet to another country for a refreshing holiday abroad.It’s a blissful time for the whole family.
But, six weeks or more without education is a long time. If your kids don’t take it upon themselves to even pick up a book, it’ll be a struggle for them to get back to learning when the time comes.
Of course, trying to get them to learn when they don’t have to is impossible. You can’t force them to pick up a book. But, you can find new ways for them to learn. From a geographical standpoint, there are a wealth of things your kids could learn from your travels. That is if you go to the right places. To give you an idea of where to head, we’re going to look at a few geological wonders you should make the most of.
Here in the UK
Don’t make the mistake of overlooking the geographical wonder of the UK. A trip to the coast will reveal wonders such as Durdle Door in Dorset. This limestone arch is world famous, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a fantastic example of how sea and rock impact each other. Around the corner, you’ll come across Lulworth Cove which is also well worth your attention. Formed around 10,000 years ago, this is another fantastic example of the impact the sea can have.
If you fancy heading inland, make sure to visit Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. Here, you’ll see some of the country’s most spectacular cliffs, while also being able to explore some caves!
Iceland is one of the most spectacular countries you could find regarding geography. For proof of this country’s educational benefits, you need only consider how many schools opt for Iceland school trips for their geography students. With everything from volcanoes and geysers, to hot springs, there are amazing sites to see. If you visit at the end of the holidays, you may even strike lucky and see the world renowned Northern Lights.
Italy may be a less obvious choice, but it has some fantastic geography worth seeing. Namely, attempt to head for Naples. Here, your kids will be able to see first hand the site of Pompeii. As well as being interesting from a historical point of view, seeing what a volcano can do is sure to pique their interest. Not to mention that they’ll get the chance to see Mt. Vesuvius itself. As the only active volcano in Europe, it’s well worth a visit.
A walk around the coast of Naples is also worthwhile. You’ll see stunning rock formations and caves, much like coasts at home.
Of course, there are many more geographical countries of interest, such as Canada and Peru. Do your research, and decide which will most appeal to your kids. Make sure they get plenty of time to relax there, too!