There has been worrying evidence that the human intelligence has been declining steadily for the past few years. In fact, IQ tests from the past decades in the UK – and in other countries – have been disappointing. Children have received lower scores today that students of the same age in the 1980s and 1990s. Are we getting dumber? It’s hard to say, but there’s no denying that a lot of people have chosen to rely less on their cognitive abilities in their everyday lives. As a result, the risks of severe loss of mental competences is getting higher, with more and more cases of dementia recorded across the country – and patients becoming a lot younger too. It’s time to kick start your brain again! What’s the best way to do? By making it part of an enjoyable and relaxing adventure: let travel make you smarter.
Sure you travel for fun, but you can discover new things too
It would be foolish to think that combining education and travel plans is nothing more than picking a good book to pack in your luggage. On the contrary to find an educational meaning to your trips. If you’re planning to visit France over the summer, why not organise a Tour of Gaul with the kids, just like in your favourite Asterix story? You can get to visit new regions and discover the history behind each area. More importantly, it’s a great way of combining fun times and knowledge together. Keeping an open-mind is key to giving your children the best chance of building a confident and successful future. If you’re looking for travel inspirations, you can find plenty of excellent ideas in books and blockbusters, such as visiting Cambodia where Tomb Raider was filmed or taking your kids to Belfast to visit the Titanic museum.
Who’s in charge of your kid’s travel education?
Admittedly, you’re in luck as a parent, because you can rely on external help to let your children discover new horizons. For instance, if the school partners with the NST group, you can safely let your children enjoy international or even national school trips that will change the way they experience the world. Additionally, if you’re lucky enough to have family abroad, why not organise for your kids to spend a week with your family during the summer holiday? Experiencing new cultures while growing up is by far the best way to develop a multi-layered understanding of the world as well as learning to think outside the box.
Learning a new language on the go
British travellers are lucky in the sense that they speak the proxy language. But it’s a good idea to pick up a few foreign words during your travel adventures. For a start, being able to ask for the menu in the local language can get you positively influence your bill. Besides, the human brain is designed to be utilised. When you stop learning, you expose your brain to high risks of premature degeneration, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. When all it takes is to say “Vorrei un cappuccino, per favore” or “Ein Apfelstrudel, bitte” to keep your mind active and safe.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to take your brain on holiday!