Encouraging young people to travel is a great thing to do. Real travel is so much more than sunbathing, it can offer experiences and opportunities as well as opening their eyes to new cultures in ways that they hadn’t considered before.
Young people are impressionable and this is the best time to show them whatever you can of the world. Travelling with schools or another type of youth group allows them to learn in the safety of friends and/or peers. Enjoying the experience with others of the same age will allow your students to both enjoy their trip and learn as much as possible at the same time.
Professional school and student travel companies such as Brightspark offer a range of destinations and learning experiences. Organising a trip without the assistance of such a company is incredibly difficult, as there are so many details to be taken care of and if you are not an expert, you could easily overlook something vital. By using a company who specialise in organising these types of trips you can be sure that all the ‘i’s are dotted and the ‘t’s crossed.
Travelling with a company such as Brightspark opens up destinations across the United States and also countries such as Spain, Italy, Thailand and China. All of their tours are designed to explore certain aspects of the destination’s culture and/or history. For example, a trip to China is a trip to explore the oldest civilisation on earth. Your students will see The Great Wall of China, The Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an and get the chance to experience the Forbidden City. This is the tour of a life time. China has so much to offer and you can tailor your trip to fit in with the curriculum or your particular area of study or interest.
For history students, Gettysburg is an ideal destination. The site of America’s most famous battle of the Civil War, students can learn so much by exploring this historical place. Gettysburg National Military Park offers a museum and visitors centre as well as the opportunity to experience the battlefields.
If you are organising a trip for a school or other youth orchestra or band then you will want them to showcase their talents and get the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. A professional student travel company will be able to help. They can organise venues and performance opportunities such as the opportunity to perform at national televised sporting events as well as festivals, Thanks Giving Parades and Mardi Gras. These types of trips are usually a lot shorter than an international trip but are every bit as rewarding.
Booking a trip can be a lot of work and getting it right can be a lot of pressure. Experts in the field can take a lot of the strain, efficiently taking care of all aspects of your trip to ensure that both you and students get the most out of your trip.
Idania is a travel writer with a particular interest in student travel and the experience and opportunities this offers. Idania has reviewed a number of school travel companies including Brightspark and has recommended their trips to Thailand to a number of schools.