When I look back on my life, I have very little regrets. Everything happens for a reason and somehow works out in the end. The one thing I do wish, is that I had traveled more when I was younger. I traveled quite a bit with my family as a teen,then took a break while I raised my children until recently. Over the last few years I have started traveling a bit more and my kids have expressed interest in doing the same. We do quite a bit of local travel and I like to do some exploring on my own when possible. But when you are young and have no responsibilities, traveling is the greatest thing and the perfect time to find yourself.
When you travel you submerse yourself into the culture and way of life around you. You learn a new language and get to experience people of the area first hand. Every destination is unique and has a story to share. Learning about the history and what makes that spot so unique is always a great experience. When you first become an adult and leave on your own, it is a great time to explore the world and get to know yourself. With every trip I take I learn a little more about myself. I step outside my comfort zone and amaze myself by pushing myself to socialize and tour new areas.
I know many parents cringe at the thought of their child traveling around the world alone. They worry about money and safety as well as their son or daughter’s future. But the time between high school and college is a great time to travel, a time of freedom and flexibility. Even if only for a few weeks, the summer after secondary school is a great time to travel and transition into the next stage of life.
You never regret the chances you took in life. Live your life to the fullest and have no regrets. Explore the world and get to know yourself.
Whenever my adult children talk about traveling, I try to encourage them . The destinations are endless and they can either travel with a friend or alone. All that is needed is some research and planning.
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We can open a book and read about far away places, but nothing compares to first hand experiences. Being a mom to a 19 year old and 23 year old, I hope they get out and explore. I know they would love to venture somewhere on their own and be stress free for a while.
Contiki trips have a travel manager who speaks English as well as the local language. You will have hotel contact information provided ahead of time to give to family, so they can contact you as needed. Your travel group will be made up of people from all around the world between the ages of 18-35.
Your crew are with you on the entire trip and give you all the info you need on the trip: city tours, histories of countries, provinces and states, fun nightlife and daytime activities, and they keep you entertained on coach rides.
In Asia, as well as your Tour Manager we also use expert Local Guides who’ll give you a unique insider’s perspective into the places you visit. It’s the special angle only a local can give.
On the trips to Europe, many of the crew are from Great Britain, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. On the trips in the United States, Australia and New Zealand the crew are natives of that country. Contiki has both male and female tour managers and drivers who have very different experiences prior to working for Contiki.
If you book alone, you will be matched up with a roommate who is compatible. No matter what your travel style is, there is a tour waiting for you.
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As a parent I have peace of mind booking with Contiki. Being able to gift my family with an amazing trip and knowing they really are not alone, makes me confident in choosing this tour company. Spanning 6 continents, with the best team in the business, more included experiences, and your transportation is just the start of what you get with them. They also offer more flexibility through 8 ways to travel, 5 ways to stay and endless free time and options.
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Where would the college student in your life like to travel?
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