In my World Schooling Round 1  blog, I explained what world schooling is and our adventures in New Zealand.  In Round 2, I discussed Germany.  Well, round 3 was England.  This trip was made jointly with friends that used to live in TX but now live in CT.  Every year we travel together so our boys maintain their friendship as well as its extra fun for us.  This year, we chose England!  And, we were lucky enough to coordinate our flights connecting in Dublin so we could be on the same flights in and out of Bristol, England.  This allowed us to share driving duties during our stay.

My friend and I chose England so that we could really explore historical sites easily with our sons.  Both of us were wanting to see castles, cathedrals, and Stonehenge.  And, traveling with friends allowed it to be extremely fun along with educational for all of us.  In addition, for my son and I it was a great way to experience real fall weather.  We left a hot and steamy TX that broke 100 a week before leaving and enjoyed 50s-60s the whole week in England.  It was also nice that my son had a friend who is only 5 months younger to play with and I had a friend to chat with.  In addition, finding the red telephone booth everywhere was very entertaining because they still worked as well as in my son’s eyes it was finding the real life “Crossy Road” character.

Here is what we experienced during our one week in South Western England:

  • Dublin airport
  • Bristol airport
  • Kingswear
  • Berkeley Castle
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Thornbury Castle
  • Kent’s Caverns
  • Torquay
  • Meadfoot Beach
  • Cockington Village
  • Cockington Court
  • Cockington Church
  • St. Michael’s Mount
  • Marazion
  • Stonehenge
  • Exeter’s Underground Passages
  • Exeter
  • Exeter Cathedral Church of St. Peter
  • St. Martin Church
  • St. Patrick Church
  • Kingswear Visitor Center
  • Kingswear-Dartmouth Passenger Ferry
  • Dartmouth Castle
  • Dartmouth
  • Bayards Cove Fort
  • Dart Harbor

A perk of traveling to England was that no foreign language was needed.  However, British English does have some different spellings and some different phrases used.  Thanks to my son already enjoying British book series Horrible Science, Horrible Geography, and Murderous Math he was prepared.  And, now after seeing so many historical sites he is looking forward to starting Horrible Histories.  Of course, we got our friend’s son hooked on this series too.

Here are the phrases we learned and used:

  • Bin (in reference to garbage cans
  • Rubbish (trash)
  • Loo or toilets (instead of saying bathroom or restroom)
  • Chips (french fries)
  • Mate (friend, buddy, or pal)
  • Cheers (thanks or thank you)
  • Dodgy (something wrong)
  • Kerfuffle (fight or argument)
  • Car park (parking lot)
  • Fancy (wanting something)
  • Bobby (police)
  • Dodgy (suspicious or dubious)
  • Petrol (gas)
  • Boot (trunk of the car)
  • To let (for rent)
  • Trainers (tennis shoes)
  • Lift (elevator)
  • Motorway (highway or expressway)

Just like New Zealand and Germany, international travel allowed our son to experience some frustrations: long travel times, time change adjustment, international customs at airports,  using different phrases, some different food choices, and driving on the left side of the road.  Although in England, there is prolific wifi and much of it was free compared to our experiences in Germany and New Zealand.  We had our phone on international mode but still had difficulties calling outside of England. Messaging worked great so no big deal!  Travel to England was a great way to physically experience and learn about: hemispheres, time changes, climate, continents, geography, English or British culture, medieval history, WWII history, historical sites, world heritage sites, different signs, accents, customs, passports, rules of international travel, foreign currency, currency exchange, and much more.  

We truly believe travel is a great educational tool.   Remember, travel could be local, regional, your own country, or foreign countries.  If you can not physically leave, please consider traveling via “arm chair” with the use of books, videos, and computers.  Traveling is a great educational experience and exposure to the world is so important for our children.  Now, be inspired and go explore!