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Widness & Wiggins

Sarong, Steri-Pen, Headlamp Among Must-Pack Items for Trip Leaders Traveling with Adventures Cross-Country

A travel company that journeys with teens compiles a list of travel “must haves” and pashmina doesn’t make the cut.

“Our trip staff has traveled extensively all around the world, both personally and professionally. We asked them to share with us their favorite travel items.” says Scott von Eschen, President of Adventures Cross-Country that since 1983 has provided domestic and international cultural experiences that combine community service, adventure and language immersion for students ages 13 to 19.

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Frommer's Travel Guide

Service Vacations Can Be an Educational and Character-Building Experience for Teens and Tweens

Add “community service” to reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s one of the requirements that many high schoolers must fulfill in order to get their diploma. But even those young people who don’t have to prove they’ve done good to graduate are finding that they want to have more meaningful vacations.

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Widness & Wiggins

Gap Semesters: Hitting ‘Pause’ Before College

Emily O’Kelly of St. Helena, California experienced life in Southeast Asia last year through what is called a Gap Semester.

O’Kelly made the decision to defer college for a year while jumping 14,000 feet out of a plane.

“After registering the fact that I just skydived for the first time, I immediately felt a surge of panic as I realized the path I was taking wasn’t the one I necessarily wanted to. As soon as I got home, I ran to my mom and asked, ‘Is it too late to take a Gap Semester with Adventures Cross-Country?’”

Underscoring that deciding on a gap program “turned out to be the best decision I have yet made,” she is now in Ghana working for a social fashion company called Global Mamas.

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Travel Features Syndicate

Teen Tour Company Offers Parents Tips for Preparing their Teen for Overseas Travel this Summer

“Health precautions, securing documents, packing and communications are at the top of every traveler’s list. There are so many things parents can do in advance of a trip to help things go smoothly,” says Scott von Eschen, President of Adventures Cross-Country.

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