Some families would prefer to spend their vacations simply relaxing at the beach, while others crave adventurous activities. If you want to do more than just relaxing or sightseeing on your next family getaway, consider adding an educational aspect to your trip to enhance your child’s experience of a destination. Aside from fostering curiosity about different places, your kids will learn a thing or two about the world we live in. Read on for a list of the best destinations to educate your kids whilst travelling.
Learn to Cook in the Jungle in Vietnam
If you’re looking to enjoy an active family holiday in a culturally interesting country with some beautiful beaches for some relaxation, Vietnam would be the perfect destination. There is plenty to do here, from exploring colourful markets to taking cyclo rides and lots of outdoor activities.
But if you want your kids to learn something new, have them join a cooking class in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. One of the biggest perks of having your kids join a cooking class is that they will learn a range of Vietnamese recipes, such as pho and spring rolls, in a truly unique setting. Your kids can master a range of Vietnamese culinary techniques that could elevate their cooking skills.
Some of these cooking classes will also include visiting the traditional markets in some local villages. A visit to the market is also an educational experience for the kids since they will be exposed to the local way of living and learn about the local culture. They will also learn about the most common ingredients in preparing Vietnamese delicacies.
Tour the Temples of India
India is rarely a top destination for families with kids. The constant honking of cars, the crowded streets, and often chaotic markets can be overwhelming to process. But if your kids are willing to take on new adventures and be open to learning a culture different from what you have, then India is a truly incredible place to take your kids.
There are holidays and smallish tours in India that cater to families with kids. These tours will take you to some of the country’s top sights and attractions, especially temples. Touring the temples of India can be a rewarding experience for your kids. As the land of intense spirituality and religious beliefs, India maintains its divine status through the many temples scattered in every nook and cranny of the country. You will find not only Hindu temples but also temples for the Jain, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Islam religions.
The northern part of India is where you will find some of the most famous temples, such as the Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashi-Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh, and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Learn about Gladiators in Italy
Almost every corner of Italy has something to offer for families with kids. The country’s ancient traditions, stunning landscapes, lovely beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and delicious foods appeal to families of all kinds.
Rome would be an ideal starting point for your holiday to Italy with kids. Aside from being one of the world’s most beautiful cities, it is like an open-air museum where kids can explore Italy’s rich history and learn interesting subjects, they can’t read from any history books. Take your kids to the Colosseum, where they can learn about gladiators. The gladiators were usually enslaved people or those condemned for committing some crime. They will learn about these and more when you take a tour of the Colosseum.
Retrace the footsteps of the gladiators by booking the Colosseum underground tour, which gives you exclusive access to unexplored areas in the Colosseum, including the underground level where Gladiators will wait before heading out to battle
Volunteer for Wildlife Conservation in Kenya
If your kids love wildlife and are keen on exploring the wild, take them to Africa, where they can volunteer for wildlife conservation in Kenya. Aside from the opportunity to explore the wild and learn more about animals, your kids will be making a difference in the animals’ lives.
When volunteering for wildlife conservation in Africa, your kids can contribute to wildlife protection through rescue and rehabilitation projects, research, and ecosystem restoration. They will also have the unique opportunity to live in the African bush, surrounded by wild animals. Your kids will have the support of expert teams that consist of researchers, guides, conservationists, and project managers.
Your kids can discover Kenya’s jaw-dropping scenery and go on safari while volunteering in Kenya. One of the best places for wildlife safari in the country is The Masai Mara National Reserve. It is renowned for its population of African leopards, Masai lions, and Tanzanian cheetahs. The area is a well-protected national reserve, named after the legendary Masai warriors who used to inhabit the land.
Visit Auschwitz in Poland
Located in southern Poland, the concentration camp in Auschwitz initially served as a detention centre for political prisoners. However, it was eventually converted into a network of camps where Jewish people perceived as enemies of the Nazis were executed in gas chambers. This is one of those places to take your kids if they are interested in learning more about the history of the Jews. But beware – exploring Auschwitz can be a heart-breaking experience for you and your kids. It could leave you shedding tears in rage or sadness.
The Auschwitz concentration camp is unique in that each of the barracks serves as a museum that details the process of executions and the life at the concentration camps. These are history lessons that will help your kids gain a better understanding of the events that took place here. Sure, you can read about the camp in history books but being in the actual place and hearing explanations from a guide is such an incredible experience. Most people who go to Auschwitz will do so as a day trip from Krakow. The area is about 66 km west of Krakow, and many organised tours will depart from the city that will take you to Auschwitz on a day trip.