Want your kids to excel in the classroom, then turn them into jet-setters. A new survey reveals an important reason why kids should travel more often.

A recent survey conducted by the Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) found that 74 percent of educators believe that travel has a positive impact on students’ personal development. From the more than 2,000 responses collected, SYTA found that 56 percent of teachers said traveling had a very positive impact on a student’s education and future career.

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The educators surveyed agreed that travel reinforces curriculum taught in classrooms and increases cultural awareness among students. Traveling also had many important social impacts on kids, according to teachers.

More than half of teachers responded that travel increased a student’s willingness to learn more. Many teachers also agreed that travel increased independence, self-esteem and self confidence, as well as developing intellectual curiosity, better cooperation skills and adaptability and increased tolerance and respectfulness of others.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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