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Fact Sheet September 24, 2013

Fact Sheet: Travel Improves Educational Attainment & Future Success

New research by The Wagner Groups shows strong links between educational trips for youth and better performance in and beyond school.

Researchers looked at survey responses from 400 respondents — 200 who had taken educational trips between the ages of 12 and 18 and 200 who hadn’t taken such trips but were otherwise similar in average age and distribution of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status during those teen years.

The data suggests that educational travel in that window is linked not only to more engagement and better grades while in school, but also a greater likelihood of earning a college degree and a roughly $5,000 higher median income.

Importantly, the survey suggests that families can create these effects outside of school settings. Eighty-four percent of respondents for whom researchers documented the effects above said they’d taken an educational trip that wasn’t school-sponsored, while only 69 percent said they’d gone on school trips.