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Will Politics Have A Negative Effect On Student Travel?

posted: 09/02/16
by: Ashley Lauretta
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When it comes to student travel, whether domestic or abroad, being vigilant is of course a necessity. However, that doesn't mean you keep your child from traveling altogether.

"Given the times in which we live, parents, teachers, tour organizers, and tour operators all have to exercise increased vigilance and planning," explains Carylann Assante, Executive Director of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA). "We are even more convinced about the solid benefits of travel as a result of our Student & Youth Travel Digest findings, and believe more than ever in the importance of travel outside the home and school environs because of the social impact."

If you go through organizations such as SYTA, they vet all members to ensure they have the highest safety and emergency protocols in place. Having a reliable association or organization is one part of that vigilance. Additionally, heeding all government warnings and working with your children to help them research and understand the culture they will be visiting is also key.

"Students' motivation to seek further education, progress in their social competencies (such as increased independence, self-esteem, and confidence), and increased tolerance of other cultures and ethnicities has been confirmed by respondents of all types and school affiliations in our Student & Youth Travel Digest (SYTD) findings," adds Assante.

The SYTA research for SYTD also found the most popular destinations for student trips according to teachers and group leads. These are a great starting point when researching locations your children hope to study.

Inside the U.S., the most popular destinations include Washington, D.C., New York, Orlando, Boston and Chicago. Internationally, France, Spain, Italy, Costa Rica and the U.K. are most popular.