Travel opportunities for teens and young adults are constantly expanding. During school breaks and summer, more and more young adults are choosing to expand their horizons and engage in the world through educational travel.
When done right, educational travel is filled not only with fun activities that provide the incredible rush of physical adrenaline (from zip-lining to snorkeling to white water rafting), but it is also filled with intellectual adrenaline. Young adults are seeing the excitement that comes with learning new skills in this capacity- whether practicing a new language during a homestay, acquiring orienteering skills in the mountains, or delving into new cultures and traditions. They are discovering that it is actually fun, exciting, and rewarding to learn! So students are making the most of their travel time by taking advantage of opportunities to try new things, test boundaries, face challenges, and find success through educational travel. Some of the most amazing activities- from rappelling down a waterfall to snorkeling with dolphins and schools of colorful fish- are available to young people with just a little bit of research about available programs.
An educational vacation can also help a young adult gain perspective on his or her life and inspire new passions. The opportunity to step outside the everyday routine and see new ways of life, engage with different cultures, and learn about fascinating new people and parts of the world can open up doors for young adults in ways not possible at home or in the classroom. Experiential learning through travel is more than just a vacation- it is a potentially life changing experience that will stay with a traveler for years to come. For young adults looking to make the most of a travel opportunity, summer experience, or school break, there is no better way to learn, grow, and gain inspiration than through Educational Travel.
Crawford Hill is the owner and director of Chill Expeditions, an educational travel company focused on cultural immersion. An expedition leader, former biology teacher, and educational innovator, Hill has been guiding students and adults on wilderness adventures since 1974. Over the years, Hill has led thousands of students and families on experiential learning trips to Costa Rica, Belize, the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Spain. Hill revels in the opportunity to be able to work with students and families across the country with the world as his classroom.