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Owners Direct travel experts believe education shouldn’t stop at the school gates

Children learn fast on holiday and reinforce what they’ve learned in the classroom if families pick the right destination, according to travel experts Owners Direct

Whether it’s brushing up their language skills, experiencing another culture or exploring historical sites, children can soak up information that accelerates their learning, says Owners Direct Marketing Director Karen Mullins.

Recently tightened rules state that school heads can only authorise a term-time absence in exceptional circumstances and parents who flout the rules have already faced substantial fines.

Whilst the heated debate rages on over the rights and wrongs of this controversial issue, Owners Direct travel experts believe education shouldn’t stop at the school gates.

With the pressure of modern schooling bringing higher expectations at an increasingly early age, parents can be encouraged to support their children’s education but in a fun, relaxed and sunnier environment.

“Whilst Owners Direct does not condone taking children out of school in term time, we do see the value in adding to children’s education and experience outside the classroom. By travelling to lesser known destinations steeped in history and culture, children can learn so much which can really help them with their studies, whether it’s languages, geography, history or other subjects, and ultimately it is the parents’ role to be primary educators in the early years,” explained Karen.

“Rather than always going for traditional fly and flop holidays, we suggest families could try something new in 2014 and plan trips that stimulate young minds. We believe that 2014 should be a year of adventure and exploration and spending time exploring ancient ruins, organising your own city tour, hunting down rare plant species and trying out a foreign language can all tie in with the national curriculum or even exceed it.”

“As parents play such a huge role in early years education, we believe learning outside the classroom is fundamental to a child’s development. Most teachers allow children to read a book of choice as homework or use their own ideas and hobbies as part of school projects,” she added.

But do parents have a battle on their hands getting children interested in learning on holiday? Do they just want some down time?

One parent has some clever ways of disguising learning.

“We give our children a cheap camera to use on holiday and set challenges to take unusual photos. We also give them scrap books to fill with postcards, leaflets, menus and other souvenirs,” says Sally, a mum from Oxfordshire.

London based education consultant Sam Webber of Podium Consulting suggests:

“The future for our youngest generation is going to be a challenging journey – with pressure on jobs, budgets and our economy, a solid education with parental support and work experience is critical. Learning through travel including the experiences of new cultures as well as planning a trip and getting to grips with a new language is absolutely invaluable.”

“However parents need to be mindful of how important it is for children to attend school at the prescribed times, especially during crucial exams and tests,” she added.

Owners Direct expects to see a revival of the holiday souvenir, digital scrapbooks and travel journal apps to help families create memories and support their children’s studies.

For an educational family holiday that ticks all the boxes, these are Owners Direct’s top three choices:


To keep costs down but learning high, a family holiday in Cornwall ticks all the boxes. As well spectacular beaches and a plethora of sea life to find, iconic attractions such as St Michael's Mount, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Land's End and King Arthur's castle, it becomes a classroom without walls. 'Beach break' is a short walk from Widemouth Bay village and beach, the perfect location for learning without even trying. And when you’ve exhausted the attractions, grab your wetsuits for some of the best surfing in the world.
If you don’t fancy following the herd on the A30, let the train take the strain – a family return ticket with South West Trains at Easter (7th-14th April 2014) costs just under £400 if you book now.


Despite its reputation for sun, sea and golf, Portugal can also be the ideal destination for a modern day Swallows and Amazons adventure. Days can be spent together climbing mountains, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, horseriding and caving. For nature lovers, leave the science lab behind and head out and search for wild orchids, lilies and other rare species endemic to the archipelago and go way beyond the national curriculum.

Casa do Ananas on Pico Island in the Azores has two en-suite bedrooms, open-plan kitchen and dining room with large terrace with pool overlooking the bay of Lajes.


With ancient history on every corner and more Renaissance art than you can shake a marker pen at, Italy is the place to learn. As you soak up the vibrant atmosphere, it’s easy to pick up a bit of the language and have a go at making pasta in an Italian cookery class. From exploring the ancient Colosseum in Rome, to discovering the waterways of Venice (not necessarily in a Gondola) or immersing yourself in Florentine art, Italy is an education waiting to embrace the whole family.
This two bedroom apartment with stunning roof top views is right in the centre of Venice and perfectly positioned for walking to Rialto Bridge, Ca 'd'Oro and the Piazza San Marco. Here the family can immerse themselves in art, architecture and culture and live like true Venetians for a week or so.


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Owners Direct specialises in advertising privately owned holiday accommodation direct from the owner. We have advertised holiday properties since 1997 and on our web site you will find over 50,000 villas, apartments, chalets, farmhouses and cottages. From Fincas in Spain to traditional Riads in Morocco and beach villas in Koh Samui, Owners Direct offer all types of holiday accommodation in a diverse selection of countries throughout the world.

In August 2007 Owners Direct became part of HomeAway Inc. which owns some of the largest rentals websites in the US and Europe. We continue to operate as a separate brand from our offices in London.




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