Almost half of adults admit their fondest childhood memories included school trips.
A poll of 1,600 parents of school children found 44 per cent feel nostalgic about their formative years and trips outside the classroom – including getting to wear their own clothes, feeling grown up and smuggling sweets into overnight bags.
Reserving the back of the bus also appeared on the list of the best things about a school outing, alongside learning something new and spending time with friends.
Nearly a third (32 per cent) even admitted that school trips had such an impact that they shaped their future career path.
And 46 per cent said school trips were their fondest memories from their education, with four in 10 admitting they still talk about various excursions from their childhood.
Education meets experience
The research was commissioned by Hyundai to launch its ‘Great British School Trip’ programme which will provide 25,000 school children aged seven to 14 with free school trips.
Ashley Andrew, managing director, Hyundai Motor UK, said: “When you’re a child, it’s great to get out and about to bring your learning to life, so it’s no wonder it’s such a key memory for so many.
“Getting out of the classroom not only creates memories but fundamentally also brings a sense of excitement to a particular school subject.
“Also, school trips are often the first opportunity for a child to gain a sense of independence so it’s no surprise that many people remember the small things like reserving the back of the bus and spending time with friends in a new environment.
“We firmly believe that school trips are an essential part of our young people’s development and something that every child should have access to, creating the same memories as their parents.”
The research went on to find 72 per cent wish their child had the opportunity

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