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Don’t just give any gift this year. Give the traveler in your life something they can use during their upcoming adventure.
A well-written essay can get you into college. Tell the right story and you'll stand out amongst the competition.
Today’s world is faced with challenges that are exceedingly complex and difficult to solve. Human rights abuse, systemic inequality, environmental degradation—our global challenges cross borders, languages, and cultures, and the path forward isn’t always clear. We believe the best place to start is to build an understanding of global issues as they are…
More than 11,000 students traveled with Rustic Pathways to 21 countries in 2017. And many of them created videos about their experiences, capturing the…
Where do you want to go this year? Before you answer that, we have a few suggestions. And many are likely places you’ve never…
With college application deadlines just around the corner, it always helps to take a step back and find out what universities are really looking…
There’s nothing quite like a true adrenaline rush. At Rustic Pathways, we know adventure can take you to new heights (sometimes literally!) and become some of the most memorable moments during immersive travel experiences. This summer…
Showing up to the airport for your first Rustic adventure can be a little nerve-wracking for most of us—after all, you haven’t met the rest of your group yet! You may find yourself worrying about…
Over the next 10 weeks, more than 400 seasonal staff members will help students navigate airports, customs, and new experiences across 19 different countries and 100+ Rustic Pathways programs. This year’s program leaders are the most experienced we’ve ever employed…
You visited country X. You were impacted by global issue Y. And you returned home with fire in your gut determined to tackle that issue. Then...life got in the way. More often than not life DOES get in the way, but it didn't get in the way for a group of Rustic gals who traveled…
As 2016 draws to a close, here's a list to inspire your next adventure. We chose these destinations with the idea that unique experiences will always beat run-of-the-mill vacations. To me, the best way to travel is to step outside of your comfort zone and explore. So while you won't find any all-inclusive resorts on…
“What’s your experience with high altitude climbing?” Only at Rustic Pathways does an email with this subject line come into your inbox, and it doesn’t strike you as strange. Were all of the times I’ve bounced around high in the Andes leading Rustic programs, skiing the Rockies, and hiking and camping in the Sierras about…
Happy National Coffee Day! Bravotv.com celebrated the holiday by highlighting the 8 Best Places in the World to Travel If You Love Coffee. Among them was Costa Rica. Many Rustic Pathways Costa Rica alumni met Matias Zeledon, owner of Down to Earth Coffee in La Fortuna. Matias, who harvests and roasts his own coffee, has…
Avocado: Thought you’d miss creamy avocados and guacamole while traveling in East Africa? Think again. Tanzanian avocados are delicious and abundant. Occasionally, trees drop avocados to the unsuspecting passerby below, so be ready with the rest of your picnic! Bantu People: Long ago, the Bantu people were a homogenous group; however, now the label encompasses millions…
With summer programs quickly approaching, anxiety about putting your child on a plane by themself might be building up. Did I make the right decision? Am I crazy sending my child to the other side of the world with complete strangers? Will my child be in good hands? We recently wrote to some parents of…
Being a photo editor has its perks. Reviewing photos every day allows me to travel and see the world without having to pack a bag or find my passport. One minute, I could be in Costa Rica, zip lining through the jungle, and with a few clicks on the trackpad I can travel thousands of miles…
This time of year, letters from students and parents fill our inboxes with tales of extraordinary experiences and positive impact.