Wings of knowledge shows us the world and world of knowledge gives us the wings to fly. So fly and set yourself free. See the world, feel the nature and learn to love life naturally.
Traveling is a great form of education; a natural process of learning.
In today’s life in metros, living in high rises, our life is caged in superficial surroundings of malls and artificial amusement parks. These are the only weekend getaways. We are going further and further away from nature. We grow ferns and palms in small pots in our balcony. Children know these just as show plants. They cannot imagine the beauty of hills full of naturally growing ferns and flowers. How will they know unless we take them out! They study about pond, lake, river, sea and ocean in geography books. The difference becomes so simple if they actually see a river and a sea. They will never forget these wonders of nature. Why the ships’ mast first appears then the body, the force of a waterfall creating energy, the ecosystem in the jungles, where does our rice and wheat come from, the air pressure in the mountains and the airplane, are best understood direct from nature than just books. The awe inspired by nature tickles the imagination of the child, inspiring him to know more. We just need to go out of the concrete jungle once in a while, and see the children’s eyes shine with happiness. Happiness that connects them to nature, to their real self, which is otherwise burdened by the modern way of life.
History is another subject which comes alive if we visit the actual places we read about. The forts, the palaces, the tombs, the ruins of the bygone era breathe life into history. They evoke curiosity and let the child visualize the events she/he has read in the history books. Visiting historical places make history more like a real story than a dry subject of just dates and dates.
The greatest education gained from traveling to various places is the knowledge about humans and their lifestyle. Different regions have different lifestyles, but just like a rose is a rose in any part of the world, a smile is as beautiful in Nigeria as it is in China or India or America. Travel reveals the inherent oneness of man all over the world. Children learn not just to accept these differences as something natural, but they also learn to appreciate the unique qualities of every race. Observing and mixing with different people from different regions make them broad minded. They grow up into open minded individuals who perceive people not as Americans or Africans, but as fellow human beings. They see the hardships of mountain people, the simplicity of the village folk and the beauty of the golden desert. They observe poverty as well as royalty. In short, travel reveals all the facets of human life and nature, beyond the child’s own immediate surroundings. The giant peaceful mountains teach us to be humble, whatever be our stature; the infinite sea makes us surrender to the amazing strength of the Almighty; the dancing mountain streams fills us with the joys of life; and the deep jungles invoke the deeper instincts of life.
Family vacations are a great way to bond as a family as well as learn as a family. Learning and absorbing the ways of the world, while laughing, playing, running on the beach, collecting sea shells, exploring a fort, climbing the mountain or riding an elephant in the forest.It’s a new experience everytime for the adults too.
So what are you waiting for? Plan out your vacations. Visit a new place every time. Pack your bags and come back refreshed with memories of a lifetime. Adventures and memories that shape your outlook and help you smile through life!