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Travel For Teens

About

Travel For Teens is a program provider that believes that teen travel should be both enriching and fun. TFT offers a full range of travel experiences that teens can choose from to create their own ideal international experience.

TFT's motto is "Teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists," and their itineraries are designed to reflect this. While participants have the opportunity to visit mainstream attractions, TFT also provides insider opportunities and experiences, giving participants the ability to explore the culture far beyond the tourist perspective.

If you are looking for a summer travel program that goes beyond the typical tourist path, then Travel For Teens is the perfect fit!

Reviews

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Cole
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a lifetime

I traveled with TFT for the first time last summer. It was my first time traveling internationally, so as you can imagine I was a little (or a lot) nervous, but I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than my Scandinavian Adventure. The amazing and knowledgeable counselors kept the group safe without ever needing to impose strict rules. They also gave us lots of independence, which made everyone a more confident traveler. All the campers quickly bonded and we made friendships that will last a lifetime. Some of the trip highlights include white water rafting and hiking up a glacier near Voss, seeing an old fortress in Bergen, and exploring the beautiful cities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki. I highly recommend doing a TFT trip if you are at all considering it. They truly are life-changing experiences.

Pros
  • Great Staff
  • Fun and Engaging Itinerary
  • Independent Free Time
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Erin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer- TFT Spain, Portugal, and Morocco

I had the best experience at Travel for Teens. I went on my trip alone and was nervous about making friends but within the first day I made friends I still talk to daily. The itinerary was clearly very well thought out, the hotels were great, and all the activities were incredibly enjoyable. The councillors were very organized, fun, and were always there if we needed something. The pacing was something that was especially amazing, I never felt bored or like we were going too fast. This trip improved my knowledge of the areas we visited as well as my independence and responsibility. I made lifelong memories and had the best summer of my life, I’m so glad I got to experience it. I truly could not recommend Travel for Teens more.

Pros
  • small group enviroments
  • well organized
  • very fun
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Claire
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Amazing

I was lucky enough to go on a two week trip to Thailand this semester and it was one of the best experiences of my life! We discovered so many new places, got to volunteer to help improve a school and learned so much about the nature, animals, and rich country found in different areas. The food was amazing and the counselors made the experience absolutely perfect. The most fun trip of my life, I cannot recommend TFT enough!
Loved it, did this my first year out of Hugh school and I loved meeting everyone!

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Hailey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

I took part in the Portugal, Spain, and Morocco Europe for Older Teens program. This trip was without a doubt one of the highlights of my life. The itinerary includes a good mix of activities, including sight-seeing, shopping, beach relaxation, dining, and more. The counselors are fantastic! They are terrific company and add to the enjoyment of the journey. They care deeply about everyone on the trip and are very friendly and relatable. Every city was unique, and the tour did an excellent job of allowing us to explore all each one has to offer in a short amount of time. The cuisine is fantastic, and I enjoyed trying dishes that were particular to each place. I loved that we were also given our own time to explore too, with the staff nearby easy to contact if we needed them. I created lifelong memories and wonderful friends with whom I still keep in touch with.

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Daniel
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Ultimate 30 Days in Europe Experience

Traveling with TFT into Europe for 30 days was an incredible experience that I am so glad that I went on. Not only was it fun and cool by seeing all the different places around Europe such as the Romanian Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower, the most memorable experience was making so many new friends. During my 30 days in Europe I have made such close bonds with the people that I have traveled with that they will last a lifetime. Not only was it exciting traveling with the other campers, it was also fun meeting the consolers as they were all friendly and supportive. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone as this will be one of your most memorable things in your life.

Pros
  • You do so many activities every day.
  • You see so many cool places
  • You really get to immerse within the culture.
Cons
  • Lots of walking, around 25,000-30,000 steps per day.
  • Some of the housing is a bit cramped.
  • Some of the breakfast aren’t the best.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Ivania Salinas

Ivania Salinas

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I wanted to travel to a place and continent I had never been before that offered similar experiences like the ones I usually do each summer, such as going to the beach. I also wanted to experience a different culture and see a different lifestyle from the one I’m accustomed to.

When looking through the various trips, the beauty of Thailand one can witness captured all of my attention. I knew I needed to witness the beauty of the country through my own eyes, and all of the wonderful activities the country has to offer.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider assisted us with everything, from the daily meals to the information about our flight home. Travel For Teens did everything for us, they booked all of our hotels and flights, were in charge of our meals and made sure that whatever we order was suitable for us. They also told us what to pack, how much money to bring, and the type of weather we would be dealing with based on the place we were visiting. All we, the travelers, had to do was packed our suitcases, bring money for souvenirs and board a plane taking us to our final destination.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My one piece of advice is to enjoy the trip as much as possible and make every second there memorable. Before you know it you will be sitting on the plane back home wishing you could have one more week, or wishing you would have done something better, or at least that's what happened to me. Even though you can't change how much time you will be going, don’t sit on that plane wishing you would have done something better, or enjoyed it more, instead do everything you can while you are over there, because, at the end of the day, those actions will become splendor memories that will live with you for the rest of your life.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day in Thailand depends on the place you are in. For example, the average day in Chiang Mai consisted of learning about the culture of helping out the community, while the average day in the Phi Phi Islands was spent going snorkeling or scuba diving in the morning, visiting the beach in the afternoon and going on an adventure at night. Every day was spent doing something out of the ordinary, that any tourist visiting the area would not have the opportunity to do as easily.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear of traveling so far away and alone was that I would not have many friends, or that I would struggle to make friends. I overcame this fear the second I met everyone at the airport. At first, I was a little shy, but then I started talking to people from my group and making small talk, and before I knew it, I had made a bond with everyone there, including counselors, who were also extremely nice and welcoming. All of us became a family with whom we managed to share wonderful memories.

If you had to choose one thing that you either learned or experienced during the trip that will mark your life forever, what will it be? Explain why.

Witnessing the presence of bioluminescence lights during the night is an experience that will remain with me for the rest of my life. This experience is something that I didn’t know even existed, and it's so impactful to know the power that nature has, that it even manages to create tiny algae particles that create natural light, not only in full darkness but also in the water.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sam Rae Roy

Job Title
Sales & Marketing Manager
Sam is an adventure enthusiast who has spent time living in both New England and Colorado. She has road tripped extensively around the continent, from Canada to Central America, which has aided in her development of our North America programs. In addition to her home continent, Sam has traveled all over Europe, Oceania, Asia, and Latin America. After numerous summers leading trips with TFT, she became a member of our Sales and Marketing team!

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is the last night I spent in the backcountry on a 9-day trek in the Andean mountains of Peru. I had wanted to complete this trek for years but knew it involved an immense amount of preparation and planning. At our final campsite, not only was I overwhelmed with the feeling of accomplishment, but the beauty of my surroundings took my breath away.

A man who had lived in the area where I camped with my companion offered to cook us trout caught from the pristine alpine lake we were set up by and we took him up on the offer! We had a delicious meal in an incredible place knowing we had completed something we had longed to for years.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I started as an ambitious counselor who wanted to make Travel For Teens her full-time career. Over the course of the last nine years that I have been with this company, I have grown and learned so much about how travel positively influences today's youth and myself as well. Travel For Teens fosters growth in everyone it touches and spreads a love for authentic travel around the world.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I've ever heard from a returning student is that, after traveling on our Hawaii Sea Turtle Service program, he had started an environmental awareness club at his school--and he was the president! It was really special to me that this student had felt so strongly about what he learned about recycling and sustainability in Hawaii that he wanted to share it with others.

To me, that is what Travel For Teens is all about: exposing today's youth to the world and all of its different cultures, beauty, needs, and teaching them to respect these cultures, maintain this beauty, and help our world's needs.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go on the Hawaii program over and over again because I feel passionate about our planet and sharing my love for sustainability with them. You have the opportunity not only to work with an endangered species while on the beautiful island of Maui but you see a beach on the North Shore that is infamous for collecting hundreds of thousands of tons of micro pieces of plastics that have traveled from the beautiful beaches of Hawaii from California and Asia. It really paints a picture of where the plastic fork you leave on the beach in LA ends up.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are unique because we allow our students to feel like a local instead of a member of a tour group. We don't travel in huge groups of 30 to chain restaurants and ride massive tour buses. We take local transportation and make food a part of our itinerary. It's important to us that our students feel like they've learned how to be a traveler at the end of their trip.

I was especially proud to be a part of this team when I was off in a small group visiting a museum a group of kids had wanted to see while a different group was at a market with a different leader. We ran into a different company who were all wearing matching backpacks following a leader with a giant pink sign in a straight line. They stuck out like a sore thumb and myself and my small group looked like a traveling family which, by that point, we were.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think being honest and passionate about what you are selling makes all the difference in a successful company. The people that run TFT truly love what they do and believe in the product they are endorsing. This is enhanced by the natural honest the comes with truly believing in what you are giving and that leads to happy customers.