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Journeys that help your teens thrive as they start their next chapter

Captured so sweetly on the shelves of card shops, the number of family milestones over the years is seemingly infinite. But there’s one precious time that families can take for granted – those fleeting summer months just before teens strike out into the world by themselves. These moments should be savoured and while you’ll never stop being parents, their growing independence may change a few things – particularly family trips together.

That’s why the journeys taken at this turning point hold so much more meaning; they’re a study-detox, a lesson in life skills, values and mindsets to help them succeed, and a time to cement those close family bonds even deeper before they fly the nest.

The following trips have been thoughtfully designed to enrich your time together in the weeks leading up to that big but exciting change. To not only help teens navigate this time, but the whole family too…

… pushing comfort zone boundaries by introducing you to new cultures and showcasing life from different perspectives, drawing lessons from locals and their brilliantly diverse backgrounds to spark the urge to continue learning from people far beyond your inner circle…

encouraging challenges to be embraced and taken head on – testing abilities, maybe invoking some friendly sibling rivalry, growing in bravery, but mostly building confidence to help you all navigate the shifts and opportunities ahead…

… broadening perceptions of the world and nurturing a caring side by engaging with the community and giving something back. New skills are gained and positive behaviours and values solidified to stand them in good stead for the future…

… reaffirming the importance of taking a moment (or several) to gain back all the hours lost to tech or revision, to spend some real quality time together in search of reconnection with your nearest and dearest…

… and at the end of it all, to encapsulate the memories within something physical and tangible. A momento serving as a reminder of those joyful and fulfilling additions to the great-time-memory-bank.

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