Geography is one of my favorite subjects to study because there are so many amazing, interesting places in the world. Of course, my favorite way to study about places is by going to visit, but that isn’t always possible. The next best thing? Plan out a pretend vacation!
Sometimes libraries have travel guides. You can also go visit a travel agency and they are usually more than happy to provide brochures and travel guides free of charge. There are also internet sites that will send you travel guides for free.
Once you’ve gotten your guides, figure out where you would go and what you would do. Make a list of landmarks and sites that you don’t want to miss. You could even cut apart the guides and use the pictures to create your own collage, trip plan, or personalized travel guide. Find out some important phrases if the area speaks another language than you do. Learn about their customs and history a bit so you’ll know how to fit in and not offend people who reside in your destination. Find out what the weather is like. Make a list of all the things you would pack in your suitcase. Older kids may even want to figure out the approximate cost of the trip – airfare, car rental, hotels, food, activities, souvenirs.