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The New York Times’s “52 Places to Go” in 2024

The New York Times’s “52 Places to Go” in 2024

The New York Times recently released their annual "52 Places" article highlighting 52 Places to Go in 2024, and we're thrilled to see that several of these destinations align with our program itineraries! Explore the enriching experiences awaiting our students in...

Reflections from Our Japan Program Director

Reflections from Our Japan Program Director

Recently, program director Ed Thanhouser spent nearly two weeks traveling up and down Japan’s main island of Honshu meeting with our local contacts, exploring new locations, and putting the finishing touches on next summer’s Japan program. Here is his report from the...

Thailand & Vietnam: A Program Director’s Insights

Thailand & Vietnam: A Program Director’s Insights

To many travelers from the West, Thailand and Vietnam can seem culturally homogenous at first glance. However, the lush, green mountains of Southeast Asia’s highlands are home to many ethnic minority groups with their own distinct cultural traditions, languages, and...

Science, Conservation, & Adventure in East Africa

Science, Conservation, & Adventure in East Africa

For summer 2024, we’re excited to announce our new Smithsonian Student Travel program in Kenya and Tanzania! These East African countries are home to renowned conservation areas and some of the world’s most iconic megafauna, and are ideal locations for the next...

Behind the Scenes with a Program Leader

Behind the Scenes with a Program Leader

Go behind the scenes with one of our Program Leaders, Evan Overton, to read about his experiences leading and get an in-depth look at how art has shaped modern culture in Europe on our Smithsonian Student Travel program to Portugal & Spain. How do you define...

Summer Highlight: Meeting Architects in Denmark

Summer Highlight: Meeting Architects in Denmark

Enjoy this student entry from this summer's architecture program in New York and Denmark. On the 9th day of the Sustainable Architecture and Design trip with the Smithsonian, we planned to leave the city of Copenhagen and go to Aarhus (Oar-hoos). But before we left...

Summer Highlight: Belize’s Tobacco Caye

Summer Highlight: Belize’s Tobacco Caye

We're happy to share this student post from our summer 2023 Belize program. Yesterday, we went on wonderful boat ride in the warm waters surrounding Tobacco Caye. We started off our day of snorkeling by checking out the different types of mangrove trees around the...

Summer Highlight: The Light of Athens

Summer Highlight: The Light of Athens

We're happy to share this highlight from our summer 2023 Greece & Italy program. Hello friends and family! On Tuesday, we woke up early on a sunny day, and although still affected by the jet-lug, we were filled with anticipation and excitement. While taking our...

Highlight from Iceland: Ísafjörður

Highlight from Iceland: Ísafjörður

We're happy to share a highlight from our Summer 2022 Iceland program about their time spent in Ísafjörður. We have spent three days in Ísafjörður (our bus driver’s hometown). It was been some of the best bonding and adventure that a group could have. Here is a...

Highlight from New York & Denmark: Rainbows in Aarhus

Highlight from New York & Denmark: Rainbows in Aarhus

Enjoy this Summer 2022 blog highlight written by two students about their day in Aarhus, Denmark. This post features student writing. Today was a packed day for the student travelers, meeting with three professionals and visiting a local museum. However, despite...

Highlight from Greece & Italy: Naples and Rome!

Highlight from Greece & Italy: Naples and Rome!

In this Summer 2022 highlight, our Greece & Italy group shares their exciting last few days in Naples and Rome.  The last few days have been BUSY—in the absolute best way possible. We finished our time in Santorini with an amazing pottery class with master potter...

Highlight from Costa Rica: Turtle Patrol

Highlight from Costa Rica: Turtle Patrol

We're happy to share a highlight from our summer 2022 Costa Rica program, which works with the Sea Turtle Conservancy for a portion of the itinerary. This post features writing and photography by students Berkeley and Will. Today we started our morning at 6am by going...

Highlight from Iceland: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Highlight from Iceland: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

In this Summer 2022 highlight, students from our Iceland program share photos and stories from caves to waterfalls on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This post features student writing by Meredith and Max. We started today with the Italian geologist Giuseppe who guided us...

Highlight from New York & Denmark: Legoland

Highlight from New York & Denmark: Legoland

In this Summer 2022 blog post, students share photos and highlights from their time at Legoland! This post features student writing. – Steph and Zander    

Highlight from Washington, D.C. & Houston: Rockets in Shenandoah

Highlight from Washington, D.C. & Houston: Rockets in Shenandoah

In this Summer 2022 highlight, our Washington, D.C. & Houston group shares photos from their time in Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy! Our time in Shenandoah National Park was incredible! Here are a couple of highlights, including a beautiful and insightful short...

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