Travel Matters schools page


We have been invited by several local primary schools to come and give a talk to the children about how their holidays and travel can make a difference to the countries they visit. We learn more about life when we travel than any other time. Please do get in touch if you would like us to come and give a talk at your school.

Here are a few images of our Make Travel Matter talk. Here are some year 2 students from Macaulay Primary School completing their worksheets after having listened so attentively.

Macaulay  Primary School studentsMacaulay  Primary School students

“Thank you so much for the visit the children really enjoyed it and got a lot from it. They really enjoyed the opportunity to ask you questions and loved the worksheet. I hope we can do it again”.

Jane Richmond, Macaulay Primary School

We learn more about life when we travel than any other time. At Travel Matters we are delighted to be working together with the group from the Geography Collective. These guys are a group of Geography activists, teachers, academics, artists and guerrillas. They have come together to encourage (young) people to see the world in new ways.

We are keen to come to your school and talk about travel and how you can have a positive impact on the countries you visit. Do contact us at to make a date. You will be supporting how you can Make Travel Matter.

the geography collective






Buying locally made products, shopping in locally owned outlets and treating yourself to local food and drink are great ways to get in the holiday spirit and also benefit the local community


Journey Journal is a 48 page passport-sized book developed by The Geography Collective to help young people creatively and critically (re)think about the places they visit.

The Journey Journal and primary school curriculum

The Journey Journal has been written to support children in thinking critically and creatively about places they visit. Written for Key Stages 2 and 3, the Journey Journal can be used for:

1. Trips, visits and fieldwork
2. Holidays, including those authorised in term time
3. An activity for clusters of schools to use as a transition activity

The Journey Journal has been written by The Geography Collective, a team of geography teachers, academics and artists. For more information visit:

Primary Curriculum: Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding

The Journey Journal is an outstanding tool to develop key and thinking skills through independent fieldwork and enquiries that are relevant to young people. The Journey Journal directly supports the national curriculum for Primary schools through stimulating children’s curiosity about the past and the present, and their place in the world. It is also a key to help children to practice responsible citizenship while recording their efforts.

More specifically, the Journey Journal supports:

1. Essential knowledge, especially ‘what we have in common, what makes us different and how to organise ourselves and make decisions within communities’ as well as ‘how people, communities and places are connected and can be interdependent’.
2. Key skills, including undertaking investigations, presenting and communicating findings and taking informed action.
3. Breadth of learning, including finding out about a range of places and environments, including their own locality, a contrasting area in the UK and a different locality in another country.
4. Cross-curricular activities, such as making links to other areas of learning and to wider issues of interest and importance.

You are a guest in someone’s country. Be aware of other peoples feeling’s, preventing any offense to them

Global Dimension

The Journey Journal directly supports the global dimension in your school by enabling ‘learners to look at complex global issues from a range of perspectives, communicate with people from diverse countries and cultures and participate in society as active global citizens’.

Self evaluation

The Journey Journal is very different to many of the activities currently used in schools. As such it is another tool that can be used to meet the range of needs and interests of young people in your school. In addition, the activities in the Journey Journal encourage children to think about how they can make a positive contribution to not only their local, but global community.

The Secondary Curriculum

The Journey Journal is an outstanding tool to develop personal, learning and thinking skills through independent fieldwork and enquiries that are relevant to young people. The Journey Journal directly supports the national curriculum for secondary schools through facilitating community participation, thinking on cultural diversity and engagement with the global dimension.


The Journey Journal has been written to help young people to progress in geography. It aims to ‘inspire pupils to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world, their values and their responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet’.

More specifically, the Journey Journal supports geography’s:
1. Key Concepts, especially understanding the physical and human characteristics of real places (place), interactions between places and the networks created by flows of information, people and goods (space), connections between places (interdependence), how sequences of events and activities in the physical and human worlds lead to change in places (human processes), that the physical and human dimensions of the environment are interrelated (environmental interaction) and the differences and similarities between people, places, environments and cultures to inform their understanding of societies and economies (cultural understanding).
2. Key processes, including geographical enquiry, out-of-class learning, visual literacy and geographical communication.
3. Range and content, including investigations, locations and characteristics of places and interactions between people and environments.
4. Curriculum opportunities, such as building on their personal experiences of geography, exploring real contexts, investigating outside of the classroom, participating in informed responsible action and making links between geography and other subjects.




This the Journey Journal book. This is a place to keep a record of an adventure, trip, holiday, exploration or other journey that you are going on. Flip, draw, rub and record what you are up to and them use your journal to share your travels with your friends and familys.

If you book your travels with Travel Matters you will get one of these books for FREE!







bear2.jpg” Hello boys and girls! My name is George but you can call me G! I am here to spread the word on how you should behave while on holiday. Did you know that some animals may not exist in the future? It is possible that some might not. It’s not too late to stop it but if we don’t some animals may not be here.

Do you want us to leave forever? Can we still be saved? Yes we can! Small changes on holidays can make such a BIG difference. Here are some things you can do to help us!”

George’s ‘How to Help’ Tips


» Don’t buy souvenirs made from wild animals
» Don’t have your photo taken with animals that should be wild
» Report it to The Born Free Foundation when you see animals kept in bad conditions –
» Recycle and reuse to reduce the waste that goes into landfill
» Don’t drop litter because it can hurt or kill wildlife
» Diving and snorkeling can damage coral and it takes YEARS to grow back
» Recycling paper helps save forests and the animals who live there
» Don’t get too close to animals in the wild – it scares them
» Spread the word and tell other people

In the hotel

When staying in a hotel there are small things you can do to help. These small things can make such a big difference!

» Take a shower, not a bath
» Turn off lights
» Take batteries home
» Save water
» Don’t waste food
» Re-use a room towel
» Say hi in the local lingo
» Buy a locally made gift

Let’s learn the lingo!

Learning a new language is always exciting. Practice now so when you do go on holidays you’ll be an expert!

Spanish Greek French
Hello Hola Yasas Bonjour
Goodbye Adios Antío Au revoir
Thank you Gracias Efcharisto Merci
What is your name? Cómo te llamas? Pós se léne? Comment t’appelles tu?
I don’t understand No entiendo Den katalavaíno Je ne comprend pas
How much is it? Cuánto es? Póso eínai Combien est il?