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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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