Since Secretary of State John Kerry was sworn into office on February 1, 2013, he has visited 13 countries on three continents. If he keeps up this pace, he will visit over 50 countries by years end. Take a look at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's travel map, where she traveled the equivalent of 38 times around the world to become the most traveled Secretary of State in history. For Presidential travel see World Travels of US Presidents to learn which US President has visited the most countries.
Secretary of State John Kerry's world travel map. Map created using the Travel Goal Getter iPad App.
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What better way to teach kids geography than watching athletes from all over the world complete at the 2012 London Olympics! It's simple, inexpensive, fun, and inspires kids to learn more about the world around them.
Here's what you need:
1) Map of the world: print one online or use our ipad Travel Goal Getter app to keep track
2) Television (or computer): you need one to watch the Olympics!
What you do:
►When you watch an Olympic event pay attention to where the athletes are from.
►Help kids find the athletes' home countries on the map that you printed or on the ipad Travel Goal Getter app. Have the kids mark/check off the countries.
►Talk about the country and ask the kids questions like: How far away is it? How big is the country compared to where we live? What do you think the weather is like there? How many people do you think live there? etc. Be certain to tailor your questions to the age of the child.
►Keep it simple! If you need help with facts about a country just do a quick search online or write them down and find out the answers together.
Simple! Fun! Let us know how it turns out!
Photo used under Creative Commons from Ben Sutherland
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