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Science says that travel makes children smarter

Let the children travel as much as possible: they will become smarter. Here why.

Let the children travel as much as possible: they will become smarter. Not only do journeys open the mind and develop empathy towards the different, open-mindedness towards what is unknown and the most important social skills, but also help to develop practical, logical and spatial intelligence.

Starting from the preparation of the suitcase, a commitment that teaches to distinguish profit from the superfluous, to establish priorities and to be responsible. Skills that will be perfected more and more and will come in handy not only on subsequent trips, but also in life.

A trip, observes Lonely Planet, can also be an opportunity to make children learn to read maps, paper and not, and let them develop the sense of orientation without the help of technology, for example by experimenting with different paths to get to a goal. Traveling the children can also learn the meaning of the road signs and recognize the various types of places, with a growing understanding of the environments in which they will venture out.

Using a currency other than that of your home country will enhance the children's computing skills and make them understand the value of money. Traveling children will also learn to contract during purchases: this is especially true in the most exotic countries, where in the shops or markets there is no price tag, but the latter is the result of a negotiation. The ability is to conduct bargaining in a respectful and conscious way, as well as successfully. Children will learn the basics of the laws of economics and diplomacy, from the law of supply and demand to the achievement of a point of agreement that satisfies all parties.

A journey also refines the language skills of children, who will learn to express themselves, even if initially only with a few words that you can teach them before leaving, in the local language, and to understand it more and more. In addition, the ability to use sign and body language will also be strengthened, where verbal communication does not arrive.

Flexibility and adaptation are other important skills that are developed by children during travel. First of all they will get used to new tastes and new foods, overcoming prejudices, as well as new habits, which will develop in them another important capacity: that of change.

Another important skill is to be able to make decisions with awareness, evaluating pros and cons, risks and benefits: another experience that children can learn to develop during a trip, if you make them aware of the choices you make during the path.

Traveling finally teaches children the many possible ways to pass the time between waiting and transfers (videogames excluded), such as reading, or a conversation about the new experiences that are being experienced in the journey of exploration of the journey.

Upon their return, the children will return home enriched with new experiences and skills and certainly more intelligent than when they left.