Travel For Teens believes that summer travel should be both fun and enriching. We offer cultural exploration, community service, language, and photography as well as Younger Teens and Older Teens programs to Europe, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, Asia, and North America for students entering 8th grade through college.
Travel the world with TFT this summer and discover what it means to be a traveler and not a tourist!
Balance and Flexibility We balance fun with learning. From years of working with teenagers and young adults, we've learned what's engaging and interesting, and what isn't. We create travel and study abroad itineraries for the summer that are fun and exciting, as well as well as culturally educational. We see hordes of teens walking around Europe with blank disinterested faces all too often, so to stray away from boring teen travel we provide our participants with choices each day rather than a rigid itinerary. Enjoy art? Check out the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. More of a soccer fan than an art buff? Tour the Real Madrid Futbol Stadium instead!
As Seasoned travelers we recognize that unplanned activities are often the most memorable, which is why we are always flexible when there is a local festival or special art exhibit the group is interested in season. For example, this summer during the World Cup we made sure all of our teens in Germany at the time were able to get in on the action and be a part of the once in a lifetime experience.
Our Staff Regardless of the travel trip you choose, if your leaders aren't fun, the trip won't be fun. Travel for Teens employs responsible, knowledgeable, well traveled, fun loving staff. Our trip leaders and counselors work to ensure that all students are both having the time of their lives AND learning (without even realizing it!).
Education All Travel for Teens summer programs are designed to be as educational as they are fun. In fact, many TFT trip leaders and counselors are former or current educators. While some of TFT's programs are focused on a particular activity (photography, language study, community service, etc.), cultural exploration programs (which do not include classes or volunteer work) are no exception when it comes to learning. TFT's goal is for every student to absorb cultural nuances, culinary treats, and interesting historical facts on every trip. On foreign language programs, we find engaging ways to enhance classroom learning with scavenger hunts, trips to the market, or challenges that require participants to interact with locals. On our photography programs, teens are exposed to professional photographers who teach both technical and conceptual lessons for how and when to capture the perfect shot. Perhaps the most valuable life lessons come from helping others. On our community service programs, students are able to make an impact on a variety of projects in different countries. High school students give back to our host communities, fostering a sense of global interconnectedness and responsibility.
Travel For Teens offers summer programs to fit a variety of needs and interests. Programs are available to middle school and high school students finishing grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 during the months of June, July, and August. Programs last between 10 and 22 days, and all of them are designed to be connected, so you can easily choose to participate in back-to-back trips!
*Safety is our number one priority at Travel For Teens. We employ highly trained and rigorously vetted counselors and trip leaders, carefully inspect all new locations' hotels and excursions, and remain up to date on any changing political situations that may affect safety standards. That's just the beginning!
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Traveling to Thailand with Travel for Teens in the Thailand Service and Adventure program has been one of the best decisions I had made so far. The staff and the kids I went with were wonderful! Each and every one of them made the trip a memorable experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. The staff was really supportive when it came to dietary restrictions and allergies, and they made sure everyone had what they wanted and needed throughout the trip. They were also very flexible with what we wanted to do and the schedule. The places we visited were unique and beautiful, for example, we visited a Monkey Island near Phi Phi, where we witnessed the monkeys steal food from the visitors, or take off the lice from one another. We also visited an elephant sanctuary where we learned about the elephants and the different ways we can help them, in the long run, to stop them from getting abused. Not only that, but we were able to give back to the community by building a cement house from scratch in a tiny community in Chaing Mai. This trip not only was wonderful, but it made me feel at home and thankful for having the opportunity to live such a unique experience.
This summer I went to the Costa Rica for younger teens: Hola Costa Rica trip. It's a very big step to go out of the country with people you don't know. Trust me I was very hesitant. It takes a lot of courage to sign up for something so far out of your comfort zone, but I assure you, you will NOT regret it. I had the time of my life. Everything was perfect. The food was wonderful. The other kids were great. The counselors were very professional and experienced. It was truly a life changing experience that I was lucky enough to be a part of. Henry Bleiweiss
This summer I was able to travel to Greece and Italy on TFT's service trip. This was not my first time doing a travel trip, but it was my first time going through TFT. I must say that this was the most organized company I have ever gone through, and I truly hope more people will choose TFT. I was able to help the local community of Corfu, see historical monuments in Italy, and still embrace the culture of the locals. I felt very independent- like I was truly traveling to embrace the culture, not to just be a tourist in a fancy resort. The accommodations were adorable and exactly what I had hoped. The counselors were friendly and I felt comfortable opening up to them- even about social things happening back home. I made some amazing friends on this trip, and I truly feel as though this was the best way for me to visit Europe.
Traveling to Bali with Travel for Teens on the Bali Ultimate Service and Adventure trip has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I was excited to embrace long-haul international travel and finally explore somewhere that far from my home. Like a lot of people, I was nervous about how I was going to fit in within the group. That was fear was quickly squashed and I formed some very close friendships with everyone on the trip, from other travelers to the counselors to our amazing local guides. This trip was very diverse in many ways: both in the cultures of the regions we visited, the activities that we did, and the composition of our surrounding environment.This trip had a bit of everything, which I loved! We went from cityscapes to mountains to beaches. We had valuable service opportunities, working to restore coral reefs and practicing English with local children and more. We also had adventures like white water rafting, mountainside hikes, and scuba diving. It is really difficult to answer the question “what was your favorite part of the trip” because there really wasn’t one singular event; however, a part of the trip that I found really valuable was eating dinner with the prince. Talking with him provided insight into their culture and their views. He answered our questions about Bali and we answered his about America and Canada. 21 days flew by so fast and while our group is no longer in Bali, the friendships and memories remain.
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand on the Thailand Elephant Service and the Islands trip! This was my first time traveling to Asia and if i'm being honest I was quite nervous, but TFT did an amazing job of making me feel welcome and showing me so many amazing things I will never forget. The bonds I made with campers on the trip will last for a lifetime and we are even talking about having a meet up in December! The counselors were very nice and were very helpful in helping us navigate the markets and getting us to excursions on time. Overall the trip was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have the trip of a lifetime!
I had the best time. Not only was my trip filled with fun and adventure, But I made friends and memory’s that will last me a lifetime. This trip was the most amazing experience and I would recommend this trip to anyone. Travel For Teens is an amazing company and even when I had problems with my flight they made sure I got home safely and they were with me the whole way. Everything about this trip is just perfect, I had the most amazing counselors, the most amazing group of people and an amazing time. The activity’s are phenomenal and I wish I could be doing them again right now.
Travel For Teens is an incredible travel company that I would recommend to anyone wanting to get a culturally enriching experience abroad. I traveled to Thailand with TFT this summer. The group was filled with like minded individuals who were so fun and easy to get along with. The excursions were incredible as we got to scuba dive in Thai coral reefs and go rafting down the Pai River. We volunteered at two elephant sanctuaries which were incredible as we got to work up close with these incredible gentle giants.
I did the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Service trip this part summer and it was amazing. The trip was so much fun, and we got the authentic volunteer experience, eating local food in the turtle center, and meeting the local and foreign volunteers. The beaches were beautiful and the towns were full of restaurants and shops to explore! The staff was very knowledgable and helpful, teaching us Spanish and the history of the places we were going to. The accommodations were great and the service was fun and rewarding. We did night walks along the coastline, helped repair fences, picked up trash, painted signs, and more! I always felt safe, comfortable, and happy. Costa Rica was fantastic and I hope to go back some day!
After traveling with TFT last summer to France, Italy, and Switzerland, I thought nothing could top the memories I made on this whirlwind trip. Traveling to Thailand this summer as a CIT gave me a whole new level of appreciation for TFT and the impact the staff has on shaping the campers' experiences. I loved the balance between community service, cultural exploration, and exhilarating adventures. Everyday brought something new and different especially as we traveled across the country to experience the natural beauty, bustling cities, and breathtaking islands Thailand has to offer. I can't recommend this trip enough and am so excited to continue working with TFT in the future!
This past summer was my third with Travel for Teens, and the trips never fail to amaze me! The TFT staff were there for you every step of the way getting prepared for the trips, and the counselors were so supportive and encouraging while traveling. The counselors are also extremely knowledgeable about the areas we traveled to. They worked tirelessly to ensure that the campers have the most amazing experience on the trip. On the USA: California and the Grand Canyon trip, we got to spend a day in iconic Santa Monica, go to Disneyland, and sea kayak in San Diego! On the second part of the trip in Arizona, we got to explore the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon! Travel for Teens always offers once in a lifetime experiences and I'm so glad I have chosen them as my summer adventure.
In the Summer of 2018, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to Australia and New Zealand. It was absolutely amazing. I got to do once-in-a-lifetime activities such as scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Bridge Climb. These are memories that I will never forgot. for community service, we volunteered at a wallaby sanctuary. This was absolutely amazing, The wallabies were beyond cute, and they reminded me of my dog that I missed dearly. I never once imagined that I would be able to spend so much time with wallabies, and it was amazing.I had the most amazing counselors and met friends that I still keep in touch with. There was not a day that I did not love. If you have the opportunity to do this, you should, I can guarantee that you will not regret it.
This was my 3rd summer with TFT and as always I have nothing but good things to say about this amazing company. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Peru, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, and most recently Thailand, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland with Travel for Teens! The TFT staff were always there to help and answer any questions I may have had. The counselors on my trips were approachable, fun, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable of the countries we were in. They made sure the trip ran smoothly the entire time, as well as making sure everyone on the trip was having a good time! Each trip I have been on has had a well thought out and organized itinerary, which was full of adventure, cultural immersion, and fun. Getting to travel with Travel for Teens has helped me become a comfortable traveler. It has pushed me out of my comfort zone, which has allowed me to grow as a person, gaining confidence, patience, and new perspectives. Travel for Teens has definitely taught me to be a traveler, not a tourist.
I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
I participated in the Europe for Older Teens: Florence, Cinque Terre, Interlaken, and Paris trip. This trip was easily one of the best weeks of my life. The trip is well balanced with sight seeing, shopping, relaxing at the beach, hiking, eating, and more. The staff is amazing! They make the trip extra fun and are great to be around. They are approachable, relatable, and really care about everyone on the trip. Every city was different and the trip does a great job of getting to see as much as the city has to offer in a short time. Paragliding in the Swiss Alps is something I will never forget. The food is amazing and I got to try different foods unique to each city. I loved that we were able to explore on our own time while the staff was near by and easy to contact if we needed them. I made amazing friends I still talk to and memories I will never forget.
I've been to Spain, Thailand, Croatia, Prague, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia with TFT and every country was a new adventure, full of fun, diverse, interesting activities. I surfed, cooked, hiked, swam, shopped, biked, danced, and most importantly learned about culture, history, and tradition. These trips are amazing ways to spend your summer and make memories for a lifetime. I still tell people about hand washing elephants in Thai rivers and island hopping in Croatia. This company is great and all of my counselors have been knowledgable, approachable, and all around awesome people! If you can afford to, sign up for a trip with TFT. You'll see parts of the world you've never dreamed of, like Lake Bled in Slovenia where the water is warm and clear, or the massive caves of Nerja, Spain. To sum my TFT experiences up in a word: incredible!!!
I had the pleasure to go on the Belgium, Amsterdam, Paris trip this past summer. I had the time of my life. The trip was just more than I could have ever imagined. After always seeing the Eifel tower in movies, to seeing it in real life, well it doesn't get much better. TFT did a wonderful job organizing the trip to ensure the safety of the kids and to ensure the sheer joy as well :)
In the summer of 2018 I went on Travel for Teens’ “Europe for Older Teens: Florence, Cinque-Terre, Switzerland, and Paris” AND “Europe for Older Teens: Amsterdam, Munich, Swiss Alps, and Venice.” I can very honestly say that it was the best summer experience of my entire life thanks. I set out with the simple intention of being more well traveled and hopefully making a couple new friends, and that I certainly did. I couldn’t believe it! I actually made connections with people that I truly feel are going to last a lifetime. I’ve met up with friends I met over the summer since then and I carry the memories of those trips with me everyday. I would recommend those two trips especially because I felt as though I saw a good spread of Europe. Those are also some of the most historically fascinating destinations in the world, not to mention the food (nothing quite like Gelato in Florence). Switzerland is probably my new favorite place in the world and I absolutely can not wait to return to the karaoke nights and basking in the beautiful mountain range view from the balcony. If you have the opportunity to travel with TFT...take it! I will never forget my experience:) Alayna Donovan 16 Kansas
I have been on four TFT trips now, and my passion for the company and what TFT has to offer would not have been possible had I not gathered the courage to travel overseas alone for the first time. My expectations for this trip were exceeded beyond imagination; these three cities are each highlights of Eastern Europe and each offer their own unique culture that I was lucky enough to explore. Aside from the delicious trdelníks in Prague (a must have dessert if you’re there), I met friends on this trip and made connections with people I still keep in touch with to this day, almost 5 summers later. This program is extra special to me as it is what got me hooked on TFT, and it was the perfect introduction to the experience of being a traveler, not a tourist.
From paragliding in New Zealand to snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef of the coast of Australia, I had the best 21 days of my life with Travel for Teens. I will never forget looking out the window on Air New Zealand as we flew through the snow-capped mountains to land in Queenstown. The beauty of this foreshadowed the once-in-a-life time experiences I had the privilege of doing on this amazing adventure. The counselors made me feel so at home in places I’ve never been, and the friends I made gave me memories I will cherish forever. I recommend this trip to anyone who loves adventure and lives for the moment.
Travel for Teens provided me with the opportunity to not only explore new cultures and sights, but also allowed me to experience life as a local not a tourist. My trip to Italy, Switzerland, and France completely changed my life by instilling an appreciation for other languages, foods, and traditions. One of my favorite parts was traveling with a group of students my age and the extremely knowledgeable and passionate counselors who I still communicate with to this day.
Many people consider Fiji to simply be an island paradise – that’s it. Now, don’t get me wrong: Fiji is indeed a beautiful, relaxing country; however, so much more is offered throughout this remote chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean. When I signed up for the Travel for Teens Fiji Service & Adventure trip, my parents were quite skeptical of the trip, bombarding me with questions: “what are you going to do for 13 days on a small island??” Truthfully, I didn’t know, but once I got to the islands, I was so thankful I signed up. While it is true you will always feel the ocean breeze and warm temperatures across the island, I never once thought the trip wasn’t worth it. I live in Florida, and I could just as easily travel to The Bahamas, Dominican Republic or Jamaica; however, Fiji is entirely different. Everything from the community service aspect of the trip to the great personalities of my peers throughout the duration of my stay made Travel for Teens’ Fiji Service & Adventure trip unforgettable. Right from the very beginning, people tried bonding. It worked. It is true we traveled across the entire world to a remote island unlike anything we’ve experienced before, and this unfamiliarity created a bond far quicker and stronger than one that would be formed in a more familiar setting. A good chunk of the trip was spent in a small island chain called the Yasawa Islands a few hours from the largest Fijian island where we helped a local school for a community service project. It was a wonderful experience. We could play and interact with the kids at the school, all between ages 5 and 15, and all these kids spoke English – certainly a nice benefit. They absolutely loved us. They had so much energy, running alongside us around their soccer field and dirt track, making days felt like minutes, and minutes feel like seconds. They taught us Fijian songs and games, and I still remember how to count from one to ten in one of the native Fijian languages all thanks to two kids by the name of Bill and Abel. Now, I am not someone who is the best with kids (I feel rather awkward in those sorts of situations), but I didn’t feel any amount of discomfort with these. I was very happy in this regard. We built an incinerator for the school so they could burn their trash (small islands like this cannot have landfills; therefore, burning trash is their best option) and the neat thing about this was the fact that we could see each and every Fiji service trip’s work before us while we were there. Each Fiji Service & Adventure trip contributes a bit more to the school, and we could ask kids that went to the school what last year’s group accomplished. Upon leaving, some of the kids presented a few of their favorite travelers some gifts, and I was one to receive a handmade bracelet from Abel. It had a Fijian symbol that supposedly brings good luck to its wearer and I still wear it every single day as it helps remind me of my wonderful experiences I had in Fiji. Once we finished our community service project, we engaged in other extraordinary activities across multiple islands, and some highlights included scuba diving in what I consider one of the most beautiful reefs in the entire world (and I have been to the Great Barrier Reef previously – Fiji tops it), a zipline adventure in the hills overlooking local villages, farms and beaches, and my personal favorite: an early-morning hike to the top of a mountain to see the sunrise. We were doubtful about getting up very early, but it was entirely worth it. Eventually, a few minutes after reaching the top, the reds and pinks began to show, and we saw that big, bright red ball rise up from the perfectly calm sea one thousand feet below. That was likely the most spectacular sunrise I had ever seen (quite possibly the most spectacular one I will ever see, unless I have the fortune to travel back to Fiji once again). As I said in the beginning, “they thought I would get bored for 13 days on an island. They were wrong.” Fiji is entirely worth putting on your bucket list, and not only that – Fiji should be at the very top of your bucket list. Travel for Teens is able to check off that list for you, and the 13-day Fiji Service & Adventure is your perfect choice to experience a group of islands unlike any other. Fiji is far more incredible than any island you can experience in the Caribbean, far more incredible than Hawaii, and far more incredible than nearly anywhere else on the planet. I only hope one day I can return.
Travel for Teens totally changed my life. TFT not only helped me become more independent, but it’s also helped me make life long friends. The overall experience was one of a kind, and it is one that I will never forget. The counselors were amazing and they made the trip so much more fun and relaxing. The counselors were also very well trained and certified for their jobs they were able to help when there was conflict and they are also very knowledgeable on the countries and I’m travel experience. The trip was very organized which helped my family always know what I was doing, and by having a schedule as a group we were able to see so much more. I did the Ultimate Europe for 21 days and I totally recommend taking a trip with TFT!
For the summer of 2018 I traveled with TFT to New Zealand and Australia. It was probably one of the most fun and exhilarating trips I’ve ever had. I traveled solo and made so many new friends. The counselors were great and I felt safe the entire time. The whole trip was thoroughly planned out, with each excursion being a way to break out of my comfort zone and be adventurous. Every singe day I was so happy and looked forward to seeing the new bits of culture out in the beautiful countries I visited. In New Zealand, I was fortunate enough to go paragliding. The view was spectacular, I felt like I could graze over the mountain tops. The mountains looked like a photo out of a photoshopped post card. I enjoyed every second of the experience. One of the highlights for me wa the service part of the trip. We worked at Sheoak Ridge, a nature reserve in Australia. We built pathways and played with wallabies. It was so much fun and warmed my heart knowing that I was making a difference to the different animals at this reserve. Besides the fun activities during the trip, the people traveling along with me was what really made my trip with TFT so special. There were around 18 people in my travel group and each and everyone person was full of life and shared the same passion as me to travel. The friends I made are long lasting and the experiences we shared is what will bond us forever. I highly recommend traveling with TFT especially to New Zealand and Australia. I felt as if I was living my best life each and everyday. I plan on traveling with them again next year.
On my TFT trip, I had the most amazing time. Not only did I get to explore a few cool cities, but I was supported by the best staff. I instantly became extremely close friends with the other kids on TFT trip. Everyone who went was so nice, and within minutes after my arrival in San Diego, any nervous energy I felt had been let go. Over those two weeks, I learned how to be independent, and trust myself as well as how to rely on other kids my age. I loved swimming in the Pacific ocean. I had so many favorite parts that I can't choose one. We stayed at this incredibly beautiful mountainside lodge in Lake Tahoe, it was so nice. The last night of my trip was really fun. All the kids stayed up together and talked about how much we would miss each other. 2 years later, I hung out with a few of my friends from the trip a month ago. Go on a TFT trip, it an adventure that you'd be crazy to miss. The connections you will make can last a lifetime.