Homeschooling for Academic Reasons - Our Travels
all have our favorite authors who write
about far away places. We can study History, Geography, Art, Culture
from books, movies, the internet and that's great. But there is nothing
quite like actually going to those places. Imagine the possibilities
if you take your homeschool on the road. We have done just that -many
times. There are many of us who take their homeschooling "on the
road". Over the years I have met them. They are at highway rest
stops, marinas, camp grounds, airports, train stations. You know them
when you see them, when you engage in conversation with them. They will
be some of the most interesting people you have ever met. They are the
people who will tell you about the "good stuff".
There are plenty of people who make a living telling other people how to travel economically, OK, cheap. There are even more who will tell you how to spend a lot of money on travel. But it really gets down to how brave you really are. Do you need to insulate your experience with expensive amenities? Do snakes really bother you? Can you deal with a place that doesn't speak the language you do? There are degrees of bravery and with each adventure, you can chip away another fear. The most important question to ask yourself: Are you willing to be one of those who take fullest advantage of the beauty of homeschooling by actually going to the places that many school children only read about? If you answered "yes", then perhaps you aren't the armchair tourist you thought you were. You just need an idea and the will to go. The rest will fall into place, I guarantee it.
Below are the notes I have managed to keep and how I have blended the travel with the schooling. I have seen my student grow in many ways in our travels. We travel "cheap", we travel expensively. Sometimes we travel to a place to do nothing more than - nothing. We take our travel very seriously. You won't find tips on how to budget or plan your travel here, I'll leave that to your imagination. I just hope to inspire you to add travel to your curriculum.
Updated: October 3, 2008