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Adventure Travel for Teens 13–18
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Want to surf in Costa Rica? Perhaps you’d like to feed elephants in South Africa. Maybe your bucket list includes viewing Europe’s most historic sites. Whatever your desires, Bold Earth has a trip that’s just right for you.

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College Essays: Hugs vs. Emojis

At Bold Earth, we focus on providing our hard-working, high-achieving students with a chance to disconnect from the pressures of school and have a fun summer experience. While we are not an academic program (kids are in school enough these days) or a college preparatory experience, we believe that Bold Earth remains educational and can […]

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What It’s Like Snorkeling in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for many things: beautiful beaches, volcanoes, surfing, rich culture, and much more. With each island’s diverse ecosystems, Hawaii is blessed with a rich biodiversity. Bold Earth has been leading teen adventure trips to Hawaii for decades. Unsurprisingly, snorkeling is usually one of our highest-rated activities.  I’ve led Bold Earth trips in the […]

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Four Reasons Why You Should Visit the Swiss Alps

When choosing to embark on a teen travel adventure trip with Bold Earth, the immediate draw to our Alps excursions is the opportunity to hike around Mont Blanc through stunning scenery. While the highlight of this trip is the multi-day trek through the Alps, it’s not the only reason to choose this adventure. Let’s take […]

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5 Activities You Should Try During Your Overseas Adventure

An overseas trip, particularly as a teenager, can be a life-changing experience. As with most things in the information age, there are more options than there is time (or money). It can be hard to select a trip or activity that’s going to maximize your limited time. If you’re like most of us, you only […]

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Best Hawaiian Islands for Teen Travel

In so many ways Hawaii is the ultimate teen travel destination. Students love the idea of white-sand beaches and gorgeous landscapes. Parents love marine biology education and active itineraries. The truth is that Hawaii has something to offer for everyone, whether you are into hiking, ziplining, surfing, sailing, or snorkeling.  If you have decided that […]

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The Benefits of Adversity

“It is an illusion to think that more comfort means more happiness. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk and to be needed.” – Storm Jameson The Revenge of Geography by Robert Kaplan, a fascinating book, posits that though technology is making the world “flatter”, much […]

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5 Reasons Why International Travel Matters for Teens

At a time when teenagers have a panoply of options for their summer experiences, and dozens of competing priorities (team sports obligations, summer school, etc), it can be hard to commit to letting your teenager travel internationally. After all, it feels so much simpler to have them do something closer to home. No international flights, […]

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What Teens Learn from Traveling to Costa Rica

Just as diverse as Costa Rica’s biodiversity are the lessons teens can learn from traveling there. This past summer, I was given the amazing opportunity to explore Costa Rica for 21 days with 14 bold and adventurous students on Bold Earth’s Ultimate Costa Rica adventure. Throughout our time together, I watched each student learn and […]

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The Best Places to Visit in Iceland

At Bold Earth, our goal is to carefully craft adventures that offer authentic experiences for our students. We spend months researching new trips and activities to make sure that we are building safe itineraries, finding reliable partners, and maximizing the time that we have on our tours. Which is why, last spring, I made a […]

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5 Reasons Why Kilimanjaro is the Ultimate Destination for Students

Ever envisioned yourself almost 20,000 feet above sea level on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the highest peaks in the world? Whether the answer to that question is a yes or no, climbing Kilimanjaro is an incredible experience and worth considering adding to your bucket list. 1. Kilimanjaro is one of the famous […]

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