Rustic's Top Picks for 2021 Student Programs
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Rustic's Top Picks for 2021 Student Programs

I know it’s been rough for us world travelers as we slowly have to let go of our planned trips. I was due to be in Bali in 6 days, celebrating my birthday and my brother’s wedding. I held onto the possibility that somehow I’d still make it there until I got the email a week ago that the flight was officially canceled. I slowly made my way through all my related bookings and took travel certificate after travel certificate, and I cried. Then I realized the world isn’t over, we are all just on pause. Why keep crying and why not start planning? Why not give myself something to look forward to?

Upcoming travel is always what gets me through, and if you’re part of the Rustic family chances are it’s what keeps you going too. With that said, I dug into Rustic’s 2021 programs and put together my favorites to help you start your future travel plans.

For the Thrill Seeker

Big Fiji Explorer
An epic adventure through beautiful Fiji.

Zip-lining, high ropes course, sky-diving and more! This trip is filled with action every day. Despite all the activities, the program still finds plenty of time to explore the history, culture, and landscapes of this beautiful island. Seriously, I am not sure that one rock is left unturned on this epic adventure and wouldn’t be surprised if participants return home and never stop talking about it!

For the One After My Own Heart

Sacred Valley Service in Peru
Community service, cultural immersion, and adventure near Machu Picchu.

Ok, so you don’t know me. However, if you did you would know that if 16-year-old me could go on any Rustic Pathways journey, this would be it. Not only does this program immerse students in traditional Peruvian culture and take them to Machu Picchu, but it exposes them to ways of addressing various economic development, public health, and educational needs. We strive for inclusion in opportunity and bringing light to issues we face as a global community. This program does exactly that while allowing students to experience first hand the global efforts to make change. It’s truly life-changing and highly recommended.

For the Animal-Lover

Animal Conservation in Australia
Animal conservation at Steve Irwin’s world-famous Australia Zoo.

Meet some of the majestic creatures that call Australia home and return home knowing what it’s really like to care for wildlife at a zoo. And yes, you do get to bottle-feed baby joeys! This trip takes you across the Australia’s Sunshine Coast with opportunities for hiking, a thrilling boat ride and relaxing on the beach. For someone who has a passion for animals, this is the trip for you!

For the Price

Intro to Community Service in Costa Rica
Exciting service and thrilling adventure at the Volcano and Rainforest Service Base.

I love this program for so many reasons. Costa Rica is such a magical place! It’s also the perfect destination for the teen wanting to go abroad, but not be too far from home. This program offers 22 service hours, Spanish language immersion, and adventure in one of Rustic Pathways’ most popular countries. Plus it’s super affordable. Do you think they’ll let a 33-year-old tag along? Asking for a friend.

For the One Who Can’t Decide

Southeast Asian Adventurer
The best attractions across two incredible countries.

I don’t know about you, but as a traveler I want to go everywhere! I spend countless hours debating between destinations only to find myself distressed over the fact that I can’t just teleport. This 18-day adventure takes you to Thailand and Laos. So, now you don’t have to choose between stunning Thailand beaches or a cruise along the Mekong River. Did I mention you get to walk with elephants? This program offers the best of both countries!

Of course, these are just a few programs offered by Rustic Pathways in 2021. Click here to explore the full lists of trips and begin putting a little bit of joyful anticipation back into your wandering soul! We can’t wait to travel with you all again!

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