Family holidays are expensive enough when you're paying for accommodation, flights, food and entertainment for a minimum of four people. School holidays are peak travel times, which drives the cost of family holidays even more out of reach for the average earners. It means the only time you can really afford to go on a family break is during school time.
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Anyone who has been to the Gold Coast theme parks knows unless you want to queue for ages, you need to plan your visit to miss the school holidays and weekend crowds.
When you're a working parent, there's a fine art to juggling family time and work commitments. No matter how hard you try, there are some times when taking time off during the school holidays is impossible.
Sitting in a classroom can be boring and doesn't come close to the lessons your children will learn from travelling abroad. There's no greater teacher than real life.
What better way to teach your kids about centrifugal forces than experiencing them as they are catapulted up towards the sky on the Tower of Terror II on the Gold Coast or riding the roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain?
Every child learns differently, whether it's visual, aural or tactile, and not every child adapts well to a classroom situation. There are life lessons you can't learn within four walls of a classroom, no matter how good the teacher is.
The quickest way to learn to speak a foreign language is to be totally immersed in the culture where your kids have no other choice but to learn to speak and comprehend if they wish to communicate with other people.
There's nothing like a trip abroad with your children to teach them an understanding and awareness of other cultures. It's good for them to learn as early as possible that although we might think, act and look different, we all deserve to be respected for who we are.
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