If you’re in high school or just about to graduate, there will always be people telling you to wait until college to travel abroad.
But let me let you in on a little secret: those same people will tell you the same thing in college, and the same thing after college. Travel is a choice you have to make, and teens are at a perfect age to be able to experience a full array of new cultures and adventures and take away something meaningful from the journey.
Here are three places you should explore as a teenager:
#1 India, for Photography Lovers
This day in age, most teenagers in the United States have access to a smartphone with a pretty incredible camera. Because of this open access to good camera technology, the number of high school students passionate about photography has dramatically increased.
India offers brilliant opportunities for budding young photographers to practice their skills. There are epic landscapes to capture. There are unique cultures to photograph every moment. And no two places in India are the same when seen through your camera lens. There are even photography programs for teens in India, for those who’d like to share their love for photography with others their age.
#2 China, for Language Learners
There are arguably two really important languages for American students to learn today that can open up new doors of opportunity for your future careers: Spanish and Mandarin.
While Spanish is widely offered in high school classes across the country, Mandarin is still pretty rare in a classroom setting. So why not take your language learning abroad and learn it where it comes from?
Plus, you won’t be able to beat the one-two punch of vibrant cities and incredible, open countryside that you’ll find in China.
#3 Spain, for History Buffs
So many countries are ideal for history buffs, but Spain can be particularly fascinating for young people. With vast coastlines and rich food, it’s been the source of a lot of trade over the years, which means there’s been a lot of cultural sharing between Spain and other places.
You’ll find this in the architecture and habits of communities from the rural middle of the country to the gleaming cities of Barcelona and Madrid.
And on top of it all, Spain isn’t just great for any old fan of history, but also for supporters of art history and sports history.
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