An educational tour is a part of the academic experience in most schools and colleges. Such tours help students to understand firsthand about various subjects.
For instance, schools may take students on educational tours to zoos and parks to acquaint them with flora and fauna. It is one thing to see the picture of an animal or a plant in a book and quite another to see it face to face.
Similarly a visit to the planetarium is very useful to understand astronomy. In colleges too such tours are conducted. History students may be taken to places of historic importance or museums where ancient artifacts are preserved. A visit to old forts and palaces or the ruins of ancient kingdoms can make history come alive before our eyes. It also gives us an idea of how people lived in olden days. Science students may be taken to places of scientific importance like research labs. Archaeology students are taken to sites of excavation.
An educational tour is a fun – filled experience. As the tour may be too far away places, it is an opportunity for students to have a jolly time together. For some days they can forget about classes and homework and exams. The travel by bus or train, with students singing songs and making merry while indulgent teachers look on, is an unforgettable experience.
Even onlookers feel an infectious enthusiasm when they see a busload of students singing in gay abandon and waving to them gaily. The proximity of friends and the absence of parents is an invitation to mirth and mischief. Some close friendships may be forged during this period for we understand more about people when we stay with them for some days. The saddest part is coming back home to the same old routine.