TIPS ON COMBINING TRAVEL AND LEARNING

An excerpt from The Best Tips from Women Aboard, Edited by Maria Russell, ©2000 ISBN 0-9663520-1-7 To order call 1-877-WMN-ABRD or click on www.womenaboard.com

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ENGLISH - RESEARCH - WRITING

Your local libraries will have lots of information in the form of travel books and magazines.  (The local library will order from other libraries any book they do not have.)  Write to states, countries, departments of tourism and/or agencies for information on your destination.

Writing a daily journal.

Making and writing to pen pals.

Reading literature.

Listen to audio tapes, do crossword puzzles.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Travel books (They have wonderful history, geography, and cultural sections.)

Visit historical sights.

Museums—National, state, county, city.  Some of the most unique are in small towns!

Topography

Geography

Cultures—including different cultures in the United States

The different ways holidays are celebrated

Genealogy

SCIENCE

Study the flora and fauna of any place you visit

Visit science museums

Ecology:  Where better to learn about the ecology of streams, swamps, bays, oceans, rivers than in them?

Attend classes presented by park rangers, nature centers, etc.

Read brochures put out by parks and nature centers.  Many of these have excellent information about the habitat, flora and geology of the park.

Anthropology—evidence of human history and prehistory is all around us. 

MATHEMATICS/ECONOMICS

Estimate expenses for day, week, month

Compute real expenses for day, week, month

Estimate fuel usage/expense

Figure out REAL fuel usage/expense

Figure out miles/gallon

Estimate how far a destination is

Plan meals, budget for and buy groceries

Handling money

Credit

Budgeting

MUSIC/ART

Photo essay of your trips

Attend local concerts

Buy whatever supplies are needed to draw, sculpt, sketch

Draw a picture journal

SOCIAL SKILLS/INDEPENDENT LIVING

Having the opportunity to meet many different people with many different backgrounds

Learning to handle yourself in many different situations

Problem-solving within the family travel unit

Doing without the television, telephone, and many modern conveniences

Leaving friends at home—learning to be an integral part of the family unit

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Sailing, rowing, hauling anchors; but once on shore, walking, hiking, cycling, backpacking

Learning local dances

Learning local sports and games

HOME ECONOMICS

Cooking

“Making do” with canned stores vs. going to the grocery store and buying something fresh

Laundering one’s own clothes; learning how to use a laundromat

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Park rangers

Docents in museums

Organizations such as The Nature Conservancy  and the National Park Service is happy to have volunteers!