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Intentional travel provides so many amazing opportunities for learning and growth. We're finding that there a several ways that virtual travel experiences meet or exceed the expectations we have for real, physical travel. Here 7 of the ways we find virtual travel are worthwhile.

What’s happening with technology and start-ups in your country?


In the US, Silicon Valley is known as the center of new tech. But increasingly in the US and globally, technology is democratizing. We asked our local partners what the tech scene looks like in their countries.
From volunteering time to donations, there are many ways we can think of giving. We reached out to friends and colleagues throughout the Rustic Pathways community to hear how people define "giving". This is the third article in the Rustic Pathways Global Perspectives Series.
The global Rustic Pathways team shares how people relax, play, and cope with stress particularly during difficult times.
The global Rustic team shares information about how the government is helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Hear from country teams all over the world about the different tactics countries are taking to support people as they weather this challenge.
Food is powerful. It is the great connector—shaping our memories and cultivating community. This holiday season, try incorporating one of these international inspired potato dishes into your holiday meal and get inspired to see the world.
Eating abroad means you get to eat all the local food, delicacies, and in-season fruits and vegetables. Take a peek at some of the fruits and vegetables you might see at the market on a Rustic Pathways’ high school summer travel program.
Food is powerful. It is the great connector—shaping our memories and cultivating community. Try making Costa Rican gallo pinto at home with your family. Gallo pinto is a hearty and traditional Costa Rican dish.

Food is powerful. It is the great connector—shaping our memories and cultivating community. Bring together friends and family and share a meal with this Thai sam tam.
Food is powerful. It is the great connector—shaping our memories and cultivating community. This Halloween, bring together your friends and family for a bowl of this hearty Thai pumpkin curry.
For the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years, Rustic was awarded the Best Youth Tour Operator during the annual Global Youth Travel Awards Friday in Lisbon, Portugal.
We’re taking student learning step further starting this year with our alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by tying program outcomes to these global initiatives.
To meet the demands of a changing world and push ourselves to be better, Rustic Pathways is aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Did you know Rustic alumni are continuing to create real impact, even after their program ends? They are unstoppable forces who are raising awareness and funds for community projects around the world. We refer to these change makers as Impact Ambassadors.
Learn more about our Global Impact Committee members, a team of go-getter development experts who work on everything impact related at Rustic—from community service projects to best environmental practices.
At Rustic Pathways, we have a company-wide commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. For more than 20 years we’ve been working with local partners on environmental conservation efforts, supporting local economies,and educating students on how to be stewards for the environment.