According to GapYear.com, 230,000 young travelers in the UK take a Gap Year each year and have been doing so since the 1960’s; meanwhile, the concept started to gain ground amongst US students in the last few years in tandem with rising College tuition costs. The announcement that Malia Obama plans to take a Gap Year before she attends Harvard in 2017 is proof that it is not only the concept, but the term, that is gaining a foothold in the US market.
UNESCO has recently reported about the rise of internationally-mobile students across the globe. One driving force behind the trend is the aggressive recruitment strategies of college and universities to attract the best and brightest students. In 2013, more than 4.1 million students pursued their college degrees abroad, up from 2 million in 2000.
As a student, time restriction represents one of the biggest challenges to traveling. With classes, clubs, and a job, it can be difficult to try and squeeze in trips without neglecting any important obligations. Furthermore, it can be difficult to truly enjoy a short trip without feeling pressured to see everything in limited time. Luckily, some cities are perfect for quick weekend trips, where you can hit all the main attractions in a couple days and leave feeling accomplished and cultured. Copenhagen represents one of these amazing cities. Read More
For Chinese international students, traveling back to school involves more than just books and classes – it involves finding a cheap flight to get back to campus. By traveling to the States in July versus August, Chinese students can achieve two goals – they can take advantage of one of the best seasons to explore America while also saving hundreds of dollars by traveling before peak season. Read More
There are approximately 21 million college students in the U.S. The vast majority of these future leaders went straight from high school to college. A lot of them will go on to immediately apply to graduate school, or go into full-time employment, once they graduate. While British youth are very familiar with the “gap year travel” concept and work months to save up the funds to travel around the world between high school and college or college and full-time employment, many Americans fear having any gaps in their resume. Coupled with that is the fact that an alarming 62% of Americans do not even hold a passport, according to the U.S. Department of State.
When you want to explore the world, one question that pops up in your head is whether you want to solo backpack, travel with a few of your best friends, or travel with a group. My first grand trip was to Europe with a group called People to People, and there were definitely some pros and cons of traveling with thirty people. To help you make your decision on who will or will not accompany you, here are pros and cons of traveling with a group.
Thailand, Hawaii, Spain: what do these countries have in common? Beaches. Yes, beaches. These areas appeal to those young, bikini ridden travelers who want nothing more than to have a drink while hanging on the beach as well as experience countries and cultures through local nightlife. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the sand sifting through your toes and having a little fun, traveling can be a much more rewarding experience if you diminish your tunnel vision mindset and explore those areas of the world that are less visited: one of these places being Kraków, Poland.