Teaching as an adjunct can be a lot of fun. It is also challenging. As I have encountered a number of situations, I realize such a blog can be helpful, both to me and to others.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Learning History Through Travel

The following is a paid post
It is sponsored by Hotel Reservations

My son has a new book from which he enjoys reading. The book is various stories that include the history and facts about various landmarks in the United States. There is a story about the Whitehouse, a story about the Liberty Bell and a story about Mt. Rushmore, just to name a few. My son is enjoying these stories and he is learning history at the same time.

My wife and I are talking about taking some mini-vacations so we can visit some of these sites. Right now we are thinking about getting him to Philadelphia. As my wife and I were talking, I thought back to the time I was his age. Every summer my parents would plan a four to six week vacation and we would visit sites around the United States.

The vacations were usually taken by car and planned weeks in advance. My mother would sit down with a bunch of different Triple A tour books and decide our final destination (one year California, one year Florida, sometimes Toronto or Montreal). She would also determine where we would stop along the way, what sites we would see, and how many days we would stay at each stop. My mother would make reservations for each location (sometimes at fancy hotels but many econo-lodges as well as we would be away for six weeks) and we were on our way.

I may not have fully appreciated it at the time, although I did enjoy the vacations. Still, this was a great way to learn history. I think if more students had the opportunity to do things like this growing up, many would be more culturally savvy.

Thinking about it now, what amazes me the most was my mother figured this out before the days of the internet and the rise of the computer. Now there are all sorts of various sites to help out. Sites like Hotel Reservations can help you find available locations and find the best prices around.

The site allows you to put in the location to where you are travelling, the dates and it will tell you what is available and for how much. The site also includes a list of Bed and Breakfasts and Condos available for rent. It offers rebates and vacation packages as well. A site like this is worth checking out. It certainly would have saved mom hours of planning.