Traveling Kids are Smarter Kids |

We all know that it’s great to get away from home with the kids for spring break, summer vacation or even a winter holiday trip. Maybe you’ve even pulled the kids out of school for a few days for a family getaway. Family time is important, and making vacation memories is something that will stick with you and your kids for many years to come. But there may be even more benefits for your children than the memories gained from travel experiences. published an article that outlines how traveling with children can make them smarter and more successful.


The article cited several studies that analyzed the impact of vacation on childhood learning. These studies show that kids who travel with their family score higher on academic achievement assessment tests than those who don’t. Another study, from the U.S. Department of Education, explored whether going on a vacation, the number of days spent on a vacation, and places visited were linked to academic achievement in the areas of reading, mathematics and general knowledge. The results revealed a significant correlation between academic achievement and taking a family summer vacation.

There’s also evidence that adults who experienced educational trips in their teenage years were more likely to attend college and earn a higher income. According to a consumer travel survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Association and Travel Effect, learning-focused travel impacts academic performance and career growth. The data found that adults who took educational trips in their youth make 12 percent more per year and were significantly more likely to graduate from college than those who did not take such trips.

According to the Travel Effect survey, 80% of people thought that educational travel sparked greater interest in what they were taught in school. See more travel facts in the survey’s Travel Effect Report Card infographic.

If you want to make your next RTX vacation all about your kids, check out these articles for kid-friendly vacation ideas that are fun for the whole family and educational, so that your kids will be smarter and more successful in the future:

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