Study by US Travel Association links educational travel to future success

Students at Vatican CityIt’s often said that travel broadens the mind, but is it true?

Of course it’s true says anyone who’s ever traveled—and according to a recent study by the US Travel Association, the facts say the same.

The results of the study, released in a report entitled “Travel Improves Educational Attainment & Future Success,” revealed that educationally focused trips—think educational tours a la EF Tours or semesters abroad in college—yield very tangible benefits for the 12- to 18-year-olds who take them.

Among the findings:

  • Adults who took learning-focused trips between the ages of 12 and 18 had higher incomes, and achieved higher grades than those who did not travel
  • Adults who traveled were more likely to graduate from high school than those who did not travel and 63 percent of that group went on to graduate from college
  • Students who took educational trips had higher grades
  • Students who traveled more likely to graduate and seek higher learning
  • Adults who traveled saw benefits in their careers later in life
  • Travel added to context and depth of classroom discussions

The report also found that educational travel was not perceived as boring—so go, kids, and see the world!

Ian Livingston

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Ian Livingston

Traveler and writer Ian Livingston has lost his bearings in 59 countries, six continents and five NYC boroughs. He is better for it. Now living in Brooklyn, he reports on the world’s lesser-known quantities as a self-calibrating writer and by way of his roles as Editor at JohnnyJet.com and Chat Manager for the weekly #TravelSkills Twitter chat with Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis. In his sights now: the polar regions.

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