Using nationally representative data, this study found positive impact of family trips on children's academic achievement in reading and math. Children who took at least one family trip in kindergarten or third-grade achieved on average 1% higher score on third-grade reading and math tests. The benefits were greater with more family trips, but differed by trip types. Family trips to cultural attractions most benefited the reading achievement, whereas those to athletic events benefited the math the most. This study's findings contribute to the understanding of family trip's educational benefits in early childhood; they also provide a rationale for the promotion of family trips for children's educational benefits and for the further examination of different types of trips and travel.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management