Sure, travel is about fun and relaxation. But what really makes travel worthwhile is the learning experiences that come along with it. The world is the ultimate classroom, and as travelers we have the opportunity to learn as much as we can about other cultures as we visit far off countries (or even the next town over). We at TMOM believe that travel at its best is an educational experience – and that’s what we’re talking about at our next #TMOM Twitter party. So join us on Monday, March 21, at 9 p.m. to join in the discussion, and learn how to make every vacation an educational experience for your family.

March 21 #TMOM Twitter Party - Learn About Educational Travel

After learning about dinosaurs, my nephew Shea comes face to face with a brontosaurus skull when he visited us in Philadelphia. Photo by Tim Dixon

March 21 #TMOM Twitter Party – Educational Travel

We all know kids have different styles of learning. Some thrive on the lecture, soaking in all they hear. Others are more visual, needing to see what they’re learning and connect things visually. Still others are more hands-on, while some even need to read and write things in order to comprehend.

But no matter what their learning style, students seem to agree that field day is the best day of the year. It’s the day when learning comes alive, when the world becomes their classroom and everything they’ve read about in books or heard about in lecture halls becomes real to them. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in school, but I can still tell you how chocolate is made. Sure, we read about it in our studies (in science, geography and home ec) but I’ve long forgotten what I’ve read in my old textbooks. The history and manufacture of chocolate stays with me because of my class trip to the Hershey factory, where we saw firsthand how a cacao bean becomes a candy bar.

March 21 #TMOM Twitter Party - Learn About Educational Travel

The Junior Ranger program ties education with travel. Here we’re visiting the battlefields at Gettysburg. Photo by Mary Lebeau, EastCoast TMOM

How do you use travel as a teaching tool? What have you learned on your travels – and impressed on your kids? And what would you like to learn in your upcoming trips? That’s what we’re talking about at the next #TMOM Twitter party, all about educational travel.

Educational travel connects the student to the experience. Instead of learning from books, young travels get to experience the traditional subjects – from science to social studies, from literature to art – in a hands-on way. The world becomes the classroom – and learning becomes a lifelong adventure! For example, in recent months TMOMs have taught their kids about Ponce De Leon in St. Augustine, Florida; explored the petrified forest (it’s a fossil) with their kids in Arizona, discussed the history of Texas in the state capitol in Austin and even found education in the Disney parks.

The world is indeed our classroom, and we’re looking forward to what we’ll learn – and where we’ll go – next. Join us at 9 p.m. on Monday, March 21, when we learn all about educational travel at the #TMOM Twitter party!

March 21 #TMOM Twitter Party - Learn About Educational Travel

All these books were written about Abe Lincoln, but my kids learned more by visiting Fords Theatre in Washington D.C. Photo by Mary Lebeau, EastCoast TMOM

WHEN: March 21, 2016, 9-10 p.m. ET (8-9 p.m. CT; 7-8 p.m. MT; 6-7 p.m. PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD: Tweet  Travel is the best hands-on learning experience – for all ages. Join our #TMOM Twitter party March 21 at  9 ET to talk educational travel!

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