Destinations we LOVE

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Do you LOVE to travel?

Traveling to new places is a bit like a love story. You long for the day to see one another and when the moment finally comes you get butterflies in your stomach. After coming face to face with your crush, sparks fly and you have the time of your life. The days breeze by as you experience new joys and emotions beyond your dreams and when it’s time to say farewell you embrace one another and say until we meet again, as you head home with a heart full of memories to cherish and friendships to last a lifetime.

Get crush’n on these destinations we LOVE:

Paris

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Climb the Eiffel tower for the best views of Paris, see Mona Lisa smile, cruise down the River Seine, listen to the chimes at Notre Dame, stroll along the Champs Elysees and take a photo next to the Arc de Triomphe. The city of lights is full of romantic sights and crepes, did we mention the crepes?!

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Montreal

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Capture Montreal’s heart by taking a digital photography course, cooking up a storm, leaning French or your choice from 16 available courses. This vibrant and youthful city will delight with its summer festivals such as the International Jazz Fest and pre-college enrichment program on the campus of McGill University.

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Hawaii

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A tropical paradise second to none, explore Oahu, the Big Island and Maui, home to turquoise waters best explored by surf, catamaran and snorkel. Continue getting aquatinted with this exotic land as you visit Volcanoes National Park, walk on black sand beaches and chill by a waterfall or two.

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Thailand

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Immerse yourself in another culture as you join this Thai adventure, featuring the perfect combination of rewarding community service and touring. Share the love and lend a helping hand as you beautify classrooms, build something at a tribal village and learn to care for elephants at Patara Elephant Park.

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The Experience of a Lifetime – European Experience

Our first week in Europe was a blast, and the good times kept right on rolling in week two. Here’s a quick taste of what we’ve been up to (and excuse the food puns, but our meals have been incredible and we can’t get them out of their minds).

Our last two days in Paris were a real treat (see?)! We had an amazing time at karaoke. Harry touched us all with a stirring rendition of “This Love”, and just for one night, boy and girl bands were back in style. Dylan may have a future in Justin Timberlake impersonations! Our collective minds were blown by the sight of the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night – and many of us ran up to the second level in order to get a view of the city (with Ben finishing first among all trip members!).

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After our stunning trip up the Eiffel Tower, we might have thought we’d already experienced the highlight of our trip, but little did we know the extent that our next stop, Annecy, would impress us. We loved biking along the waterfront to see the beautiful mountains in the distance, and the enthusiasm of our trip members had the counselors gasping to keep up. We also bonded over Annecy’s delicious food. Feeding each other fondue, with strings of cheese falling all over the table, made for a hilarious meal. Watching France play in the semifinals of the Euro Cup had all of us jumping with excitement. Darren could hardly sit still, rushing from table to table in our restaurant to talk over France’s plays, and Nick high-fived everybody in sight. We celebrated with locals in the streets after France won!

When it came to jaw-dropping beauty, however, nothing beat Zermatt. Perhaps the best moment of the trip so far was when we took a gondola ride to a peak near the Matternhorn. Our skiers and snowboarders made the most of the opportunity, with multiple trip members describing it as the “experience of a lifetime!” If you ask any of our trip members to describe their favorite hot chocolate ever, they’d be sure to say the one they drank while looking out over the beautiful glacier lake sitting among the peaks.

While the sights around us have been incredible, getting to know each other better has really brought the magic to our trip. The different personalities in our group are shining through – whether it was Matt and CJ doing their best Titanic impression on a white-water raft, or Harry reducing us to tears of laughter with his poetry over the bus mike, we’re discovering more wonderful secrets about each other every day. Can’t wait to find out more!

Until next time!

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