On some family holidays – like skiing or sailing trips, for example – learning a new skill or improving an existing one is the focus and the reason for going. We’ve not been on a specific family skiing or sailing holiday but I think my children learn something whenever we go away. For instance….
- How to wrestle an alligator out of a water hole so that your cows can drink. A cowboy showed us this trick in Florida last summer. This isn’t something I expect to have to do myself back home in England but it was interesting to see all the same.
- How to use escalators. There are no escalators in our village and my kids found them tricky and bothersome until we spent every school holiday for a year in Budapest and their escalator aversion was cured.
- How to use a bat detector. On a National Trust family working holiday in Wales my youngest was thrilled to learn this skill. We should probably actually get one of these machines at home as there are flocks and herds of bats that hang out (!) in our loft.
- How to make olive oil. We helped with the olive harvest at the beautiful Dionysos Estate in Turkey. The kids enjoyed the whole process except the olive oil tasting session at the end after which they needed a lot of chocolate.
- How to find a dinosaur fossil. We went on a brilliant guided fossil walk on the Isle of Wight and came back with some unexpected dinosaur remains in the form of fossilised poo.
- How to skydive in a wind tunnel. On the Costa Brava the eldest and I found out that we both love this kind of flying and I learnt that I can’t bear to watch her while she does it. I’m hoping she doesn’t become an astronaut.
- Where prejudice can lead. My youngest learnt about this on a trip to Amsterdam. We visited the house where Anne Frank lived in hiding with her family and some other Jews until they were betrayed to the Nazis. The only one of the group to survive the concentration camps was Anne’s father.
There are also some less tangible but very important things which my kids learn when we go on holiday:
- To look beyond their own lives.
- That there are many languages in the world but we’re all really saying the same things most of the time.
- That wherever they go and whatever they do, our home is always there for them to come back to.
The next trip we have planned is to Wales and I’m looking forward to seeing what we learn there. What do you think your children learn on holiday?
This post is an entry for the Visit Wales #Wales4Kids Family Holiday Challenge. Wales is the perfect place for a fun-filled family break.