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2018-2019 — Emerson and Angus are in 2nd and 3rd grades

Studying people, economy, government, geography, customs and globalization. Interested in meeting new people, seeing animals and landscape, zoos, parks and aquariums, trying some new things but also having access to the familiar of home.

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the recommended trip for 2019 due to it's proximity to home, value and itinerary options that align with the interest of the children and their school curriculum.  The GC 12 and under itinerary offers animal encounters, geographical wonders, and cultural experiences with lots of adventure that is age appropriate for early elementary.   More details can be found here (link to Costa Rica summary page on website)

 

Northern California - itinerary coming 2018

Northern California allows the family to have a economical travel experience without leaving the country.  Since the family lives on the East Coast, the trip cross country would be a dramatic change in geography while also experiencing changes in customs and way of life.

 

2019-2020 — Emerson and Angus are in 3rd and 4th grades

The movement to 4th grade likely involves a curriculum shift into state history which would expand upon the basic social studies knowledge acquired to date.  While the awareness of local culture grows, there is opportunity to what is familiar with other cultures and foster a love for travel.

 

Canada - itinerary coming 2018

If shorter travel is the priority, a trip to Canada is recommended.  The love of parks, geography, animals and adventure can all be met with this itinerary.  Though the travel time would be less, a comparison of government, economy, people, and customs could still be explored.

 

China

If a the trip of a lifetime is the plan, China would be an amazing fit at this stage as it would truly expose the family to a dramatic culture shift and globalization in contrast to the curriculum being studied. The GC 12 and under itinerary offers everything from creating a terracotta warrior to martial arts lessons, and even a treasure hunt in Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai.  This itinerary is sure to instill a love for the adventures of world travel.

 

2020-2021 — Emerson and Angus are in 4th and 5th grades

Both children will be focused on U.S. history at this point so travel within the U.S. will help make history come alive.

 

Yellowstone and the American Cowboy

For boys on the cusp of transitioning to men, what could be more manly than the American cowboy of the wild west? The GC American Cowboy itinerary for 12 and under will feel like you have traveled back in time. Steeped in adventure including biking, white water rafting, and a wagon ride with a cookout this is the perfect itinerary for the preteen boy.

 

Colonial US - coming 2018

The soon to be released Colonial itinerary will start in Virginia with the 13 colonies, and wind north following the course of history. To walk the paths of the founding fathers, to see first hand where they lived and worked and formed the foundation of our country, not to mention experiencing early colonial life and it's difficulties provides reinforcing experiences for historical knowledge.

 

 

2021-2022 — Emerson and Angus are in 5th and 6th grades.

As the children move on from their introduction of U.S. History to a study of global geography and ancient civilizations, South America with it's diverse landforms and varied cultures.

 

Ecuador (with extension Northern Andes)

Ecuador (with extension Central Andes)

 A cruise through the Galapagos complete with excursions into the Andes and a plethora of animal encounters is the ultimate preteen boy adventure.

 

 

England

Wrap up a season of learning about early America by visiting our historical parent country, England.  The GC Teen itinerary includes a Mini Cooper tour of London. Experience the English capital as it was in the 1960s, superbly highlighted by the city lights and accompanied by the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Jam. Or perhaps a haunting tour of Jack the Ripper, a speedboat ride on the Thames or archery lessons are more your style.  All are options with Global Community.

 

2022-2023 — Emerson and Angus are in 6th and 7th grades

With both boys transitioning to middle school in this window of time, Global Community recommends a reassessment to see how they have grown and changed as travelers through both maturity and experience.  The following itineraries are suggestions that would be discussed in more detail upon reassessment.

 

Italy Classic

Italy Tuscan Jewels

Both the GC classic Italy itinerary for teens and the Tuscan Jewels teen itinerary focus on Florence and the city's rich art and political history. The difference in the two trips lies in the remaining pieces of the itinerary and the add on options.  GC can help assess which would be the best fit for the family.

 

Greece - coming 2018

While visiting the Mediterranean, why not explore Greece and all it's wonders as well.

 

American Southwest - coming 2018

If a trip closers to home is the best option, GC recommends rounding out your exploration of our great nation with a tour through the National Parks and unique climate and cultures of the Southwest.

 

2023-2024 — Emerson and Angus are in 7th and 8th grades

By late middle school, students move from learning of ancient civilizations, cultures and geography  back to U.S. History and early American government.

 

Peru

Tapping into the teenager's love of food and music, the GC Teen itinerary for Peru includes both.  From learning to play the charango, a lute like stringed instrument, to experiencing various Peruvian meals and visiting a working horse ranch, this trip is sure to engage your family's interest while continuing to educate them on culture.

 

Kenya Safari

This African safari combines a love for animals with a heart for adventure.  Factor in the Kenya teen itinerary which includes the adventure of a treetop canopy walk and swimming under the spectacular waterfalls.  The diversity of Kenya, from it's people to its geography is a life changing experience at any age.

 

2024-2025 — Emerson and Angus are in 8th and 9th grade

By this point the boys have likely become seasoned travelers with a passion for other cultures.  The timing is perfect to explore the breadth of outdoor adventures that Patagonia has to offer.

 

Patagonia

From salmon fishing to kayaking to ice trekking, Patagonia offers some of the greatest adventures the world has to offer and you can experience most of it all in one trip with a GC itinerary.

Your Children's Travel Persona

 

Emerson:  Action-centered/Thinker

We would recommend an itinerary that moves at a quicker pace but allows a time each day to process and go deeper with the experiences.  I would highly recommend journaling with both pictures and wording to assist Emerson in processing and connecting her experiences.  Emerson is a child who is going to want to speak into the itinerary and feel some ownership of the planning process.  I also believe she will thrive with experiences that involve intellectual stimulation such as museums and historical places.

 

Angus:  Action-centered/Feeler

Both children being action-centered is helpful in planning an itinerary that all will enjoy.  Angus' bent towards feeling means there should be a more relational piece to the itinerary where he feels connection to what he is experiencing.  I would recommend adding a Community Impact piece to your itinerary which will allow him to feel a part of the culture he is experiencing.

 

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Peru 2024

Patagonia 2025

Greece & Italy 2022

Kenya 2024

Ecuador 2022

Canadian Rockies 2020

Yellowstone 2021

Northern California 2019

Costa Rica 2019

England 2022

China 2019

Colonial US 2021

American South 2025

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England 2022

Few places have the fairytale charm and historical significance that jolly ol’ England delivers. Our itineraries bring the current-day and Old World lore to life in engaging ways your family will enjoy and never forget. From frolicking adventures for the youngsters to fast-paced explorations for the teens and adults, you’ll glimpse the life of royalty, learn about the makings of an empire and experience the unique traditions that put the “great” in Great Britain.

Peru 2024

Best known for its ancient Incan history, Peru offers an incredible family experience. Artistically, the caliber of crafts, textiles and music is nothing less than amazing. Learning the ancient and colonial history along with the current agricultural focus is fascinating. And connecting with the people and the deep spiritual fabric of this region will change you for the better.

 

 

 

Kenya 2023

Kenya has earned the reputation for being the heart of Africa and it is very popular for June, July, August family adventures because those months are ideal for game viewing and typically very nice weather. Kenya offers outstanding game preserves and

family-friendly camps, as well as coastal beach options. The Kenyan people and indigenous inhabitants like the Maasai tribes are what make this special country undeniably magical.

Ecuador 2022

Set along the equator, some 600 miles off the South American coast of Ecuador is a crown jewel of the natural world. The Galapagos Islands live up to our dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual concerns. But what will make your visit here truly exceptional are the many opportunities for close encounters with wildlife. The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teaming with exotic and curious creatures

Costa Rica 2019

If Earth had a heart, it might be Costa Rica. Few countries on the planet offer the variations of terrain, climates, flora and fauna, so this is a rich learning ground to teach children about preserving and enjoying the environment. From animal life and outdoors, to plenty of thrill-seeking and cultural experiences there is much to explore. Your family will learn what the saying Pura Vida means and will hopefully bring that simple-life spirit home.

American South 2025

The story of the Americana Music Triangle begins centuries ago with Paleo Indians along the Mississippi River, eventually displaced by European explorers and settlers. As more people  from around the globe arrived to put down roots, complex musical layers began to form over the foundation of Native American culture. All of these traditions simmered here for centuries, creating essential cultural lifelines as the region endured devastating wars, the atrocities of slavery, massive natural disasters, dramatic migrations and the moral conflicts of a nation struggling to define itself.

China 2019

Few destinations rank as high as China in interest for family travel. With the country’s ever-developing dominant economy and amazing history and culture,

China is a must for many families wanting their children to understand the past, present and future of this Asian giant. Icons like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City are complemented by adorable Pandas and incredible national treasures and traditions.

 

Greece & Italy 2020

Feel the love, Italy. You are our most requested destination, and the reasons are plenty. Dramatic history, many of the world’s finest masterpieces, extraordinary

architecture, sizzling fashion, breathtaking country sides and seascapes, fun-loving people and the food . . . wow, the food. Italy will break your heart when you have to leave it, and you’ll be planning your return. No doubt.

Patagonia 2025

Nature is vast and mind-boggling in Patagonia. Ideal for adventurous, active families, this striking destination provides an engaging education about ancient natural history, extreme beauty and cultural insight to the hardy inhabitants of this gorgeous but challenging landscape. Learn about glaciers and the life of gauchos, and reconnect with each other in a land far away from the distractions of home.

Colonial US 2021

Boston, Massachusetts is known as “the birthplace of the American Revolution” because many historic events took place there during the revolution. Boston played an important role in the American Revolution because it was the capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, the home of the colonial government, and the center of trade and commerce of the colony.

Northern California 2019

Your Global CommUnity journey through Northern California provides you with opportunities to discover the densely-forested North Coast & Redwoods, the rugged stretch of Big Sur’s coastline and everything in between. Think of San Francisco, The City by the Bay, as the lively heart of the region that connects alluring destinations north and south through the iconic Coastal Highway 1.

Yellowstone 2021

Land of the beautiful is brought to life at the U.S. National Parks of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Stunning scenery, incredible wildlife and endless recreational options make this a fantastic family adventure in the American summer months, as well as late spring and early fall. If your family likes to be active and one with nature, this trip needs to be on your short list. Bike it, hike it, climb it, float it, boat it or even balloon above it..

Canadian Rockies 2020

Five national parks are located within the Canadian Rockies, four of which are adjacent and make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. These four parks are Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho.

Self-drive, take a train or explore coastal towns by ferry.

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