Parents face a lot of financial challenges each year, including uniforms, sports kits, instruments and trips. Are these trips worth the money?
The UK is heading towards another recession, or is still in recession, depending on which analysts you believe. Most parents struggle to cope with the financial demands that schools place on them; uniforms, musical instruments, after-school activities and excursions all cost money. It’s easy enough to cope with the cost of a day-trip to a local museum, but trips abroad to perform in foreign concert halls or meet local performing artists are harder to justify.
When money is tight, being asked for hundreds of pounds to send your child to a foreign country can be an unwelcome request, but the educational opportunities are huge. The musical trips offered by some companies not just holidays. They offer children the opportunity to learn a lot about the way the world of music works, explore new cultures, hone their language skills, meet performers and show off their skills. They offer so much more than a normal family holiday would.
Choosing the Best Opportunities
Most school teachers choose their trips wisely so that they don’t bombard parents with endless requests for money, but some schools do seem to assume that parents are made of money. If you can’t afford all of the trips that your child’s school is proposing, look at them one by one and see which look like they offer the most opportunities for your child. Browse http://www.travelbound.co.uk/music-tours to compare trips.
If the trip is one that the school runs every year, talk to children who took the trip last year. Did they enjoy it? Do they want to go back? Did they learn a lot on the trip? Did it help them with their music grades or their exams? If the children you speak to do not appear genuinely enthusiastic about their experiences, skip that trip. Your child might be jealous if their friends get to go on the trip and they don’t, but they’ll be happy when they find out they didn’t miss much and they’ll appreciate the opportunity for a better trip later.
If the opportunity comes up for a music trip to a foreign country and that country is one that speaks a language they’ve been learning at school, then you have a golden opportunity for an exciting and educational trip. Some schools are considering cutting down on foreign trips because children from poorer families feel excluded when they cannot afford to go. It would be unfortunate if this policy took off. It’s always sad to see children miss out on great learning and exploration opportunities, but the lucky few who can afford them should have the opportunity to go.
Encourage your child to save up some money to contribute towards the trip, or to use as spending money while they are away. They’ll learn a lot about the value of money by saving towards a goal such as a music trip to France, or a performing arts holiday in Germany.
Shannen writes for a range of travel and leisure websites and blogs. She loves all forms of flying and owns her own light aircraft but until she experienced a flight with Virgin Balloons she had not realized how special hot air ballooning could be.