We’re very excited to announce that Rustic Pathways was named 2017 Best Teen Travel Provider by the Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTA) Sept. 28 in Montreal!

The GYTA’s are a prestigious set of awards presented annually at the World Youth and Students Travel Conference to recognize outstanding performers in the youth, student, and educational travel industry. In addition to winning this year’s award, Rustic Pathways also won Best Teen Travel Provider in 2015 and was runner-up last year.

Rustic awarded best youth tour operator

Our CFO, Oz Hackett, on stage at the Global Youth Travel Awards gala on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Montreal.

Thank you for voting for Rustic Pathways! We’re proud to lead the student travel industry. We work hard to provide each and every student with a powerful, truly life-changing travel experience that helps them better understand the world and each other, while positively impacting our communities around the world.

This past summer more than 4,500 students traveled with us to 17 countries. They returned home more empathetic, with greater global understanding, and in the past few weeks we’ve already seen the ways in which they are creating change in their home communities, as well as staying involved with their new friends abroad.

Here’s to creating an even bigger impact in 2018!


Interested in traveling with an award-winning student travel provider? Request a 2018 program catalog!

About the Author

Brielle Friedman

Marketing Director

A Rustic alum, Brielle returned to us after earning a degree in international relations and creative writing from Brown University. Prior to joining Rustic, she founded a dance-cardio company in Rhode Island. She now channels her passion for travel, writing, and design as our Marketing Director and works with the creative team to spread the word about Rustic. She discovered salsa dancing in a small town in Guatemala and now competes and performs across the United States.