The Educational Benefits of Travel Experiences: A Literature Review Academic Article uri icon


  • Empirical evidence about the educational outcomes of travel is scattered across many fields of study. This paper reviews the literature on the educational benefits of travel, beginning with the literature on study abroad. Learning outcomes have been found from the travel portion of the study experience, and some research has found that out-of-class experiences were the most impactful portion of study abroad. Personal growth, increase in life skills, and knowledge also result from independent international travel, as well as objectiveless travel. A few studies have focused on adults and seniors, but the research primarily has focused on young adults and college students. After a review of the literature, numerous suggestions for future study are provided, including a focus on the educational outcomes of domestic travel, youth travel, and determining which travel experiences result in the most learning benefits.

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altmetric score

  • 43

author list (cited authors)

  • Stone, M. J., & Petrick, J. F.

citation count

  • 160

complete list of authors

  • Stone, Matthew J||Petrick, James F

publication date

  • November 2013