Keep the Education Rolling With These Top 10 Places to Keep Learning Over the Summer
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 03, 2015 -- Nothing quite beats that feeling of relief and excitement on the last day of school -- for students and parents alike. However, there is no reason to check the learning at the door when the final bell rings. Instead, take the learning on the road and let the world be your classroom. The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leaders in finding and publishing travel deals, offer some lesson plans with their Summer smarts: Top 10 places to keep learning over the summer. Whether you opt to dive deep into history, culture, languages, wildlife or even fine cuisine, the experiences and life lessons from traveling will far outweigh, and most likely outlast, the knowledge gained simply from school books.
So trade in the books and computers for a passport, camera and a good dose of curiosity. and get a first-hand education in history, culture and beauty at any one of these five destinations to make the list. Added bonus -- there won't be any exams when the trip's over.
- Rome, Italy - Where better to start than at the center
of all Western civilization? (We're kind of sweeping the Ancient
Greeks under the rug with that statement, but they should have
thought about that before they failed to invent pizza.) The history
is as rich as the espresso in Rome, with legendary landmarks more
than 2,000 years old: the Colosseum, the Forum and, of course, the
numerous aqueducts and baths. Rome is a paradise for history buffs,
who will be insufferable on their return, reciting rote facts such
as "did you know the average Roman life expectancy was a mere 25
years?" and "did you know the Circus Maximus held up to 250,000
spectators?" Well, now we know.
- Egypt - The Egyptians go even further back than the
Romans and claim inventions as timeless as the calendar, the plough
and written language. Hieroglyphics depicted stories of war,
culture and society in a much cooler way than Times New Roman
12-point font. But we're also thankful to the Egyptians for
lesser-known inventions such as breath mints, bowling and make-up.
A summer trip to Egypt, though, should be used for more than
stocking up on Mentos and getting tips on how to avoid that dreaded
ten-pin split. Visit the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza, where you
can see the burial tombs of the Pharaohs, including the legendary
- Mexico - Let's run with this pyramid theme, since
triangles are too often left out of the shape spotlight. Aztec
pyramids are dotted around Mexico, and the story behind ancient
Aztec culture is just as intriguing as their mummifying
counterparts, even though the two civilizations existed some 4,000
years apart. These pyramids functioned as temples to gods with
awesome and hard-to-pronounce names such as Huitzilopochtli and
Quetzalcoatl, and as sites for human sacrifice, whereby priests
would cut out human hearts then throw the corpses down into the
pyramids. It should be noted that the same fate does not await
tourists nowadays. A stay in Mexico also opens up the opportunity
to learn Spanish with a twist. The Mexican dialect is intriguing,
containing unique vocabulary such as cheve (beer), güero
(someone whose hair isn't dark) and güey (dude or idiot,
depending on how you're behaving).
- Costa Rica - Staying in Latin America, but putting
pyramids aside, we come to wildlife-rich Costa Rica, home to at
least 615 species of flora and fauna, among the highest of any
country in the world. This is the ideal destination for animal
aficionados, who'll come across endangered and distinctive species
such as the jaguarondi (a cat), the ctenosaur (a lizard), the
quetzal (a macaw), the American crocodile (a crocodile) and the
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States - The
United States has its share of wildlife, as well as awe-inspiring
landscapes, the best of both are protected in the country's 59
national parks. One of the most formidable may be Yellowstone in
Wyoming -- not to be confused with the home of Yogi Bear and Boo
Boo, Jellystone. The grand centerpiece of the park is Old Faithful,
a geyser that spouts up to 8,400 gallons of boiling water more than
100 feet into the air every 90 minutes. People were known to use
the geyser as a washing machine in the past, since the power and
the temperature of the water provided a deep clean for cottons,
though woolen items were said to be ripped apart: not an ideal
consequence of laundering. Aside from Old Faithful laundry
services, Yellowstone is home to various other sites of geothermic
activity -- Firehole River, Mammoth Springs and Mud Volcano -- as
well as creatures such as moose, elk, coyotes and even grizzly
Rounding out our list of summer smart destinations are: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Iceland; Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States; Paris, France and Memphis, Tennessee, United States. To read the details on these learning hubs and see Cheapflights.com's complete Summer smarts: Top 10 places to keep learning over the summer, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/summer-smarts-top-10-places-to-keep-learning-over-the-summer.
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