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24 Ideas For Your Teen’s 2024 Destination & Activity Bucket List

24 Ideas For Your 2024 Destination & Activity Bucket List

Your Guide to 24 Incredible Summer Trips for Teens

Embark on an inspiring journey with our curated list of ’24 ideas for your 2024 destination and activity bucket list.’ Discover the world’s most captivating destinations and thrilling activities to make your 2024 summer an unforgettable adventure.

Since 1982, our Westcoast Connection summer programs for high school students, aged 13-17, have brought teens together from around the world to share unforgettable experiences. We focus on creating safe, fun, and socially comfortable environments where teens are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, explore the world around them, make lasting new friendships, and grow.

From cultural treasures to adrenaline-pumping experiences, this guide is your passport to a year filled with new horizons and extraordinary memories. Start crafting your ultimate bucket list and turn your travel dreams into reality in the coming year!


1. Watch the sunset in Santorini

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Dive into the amazing vibes of Santorini as you watch the sunset, painting the sky in breathtaking colors over the signature views of Fira. Feel the magic of a Santorini sunset – it’s an unforgettable moment that perfectly captures the chill vibes of a Greek island paradise.

Visit Santorini on our program: Greece, the Islands & Italy


2. Take surfing lessons in Costa Rica

Get ready for an epic adventure! Catch some waves during a surfing lesson at Tamarindo Beach, in the awesome coastal paradise of Costa Rica. Feel the rush as you ride the waves, surrounded by the vibrant culture of this tropical hotspot. You’ll receive personalized attention and expert guidance from professional instructors in Costa Rica’s premier surf destination!

Catch a wave on our program: Costa Rica Service & Adventure


3. Make (and eat!) fresh pasta in Florence

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Immerse yourself in the heart of Florence, whipping up and enjoying some fresh homemade pasta. Learn the world of pasta-making, guided by chefs at a local culinary school, and savor the amazing flavors of your creations in the cool surroundings of this Renaissance city. It’s an Italian experience you won’t want to miss!

Get cooking on our program: Pre-College Enrichment Florence


4. Snorkel with manta rays in Hawaii

Experience the thrill of snorkeling with majestic manta rays in the crystal-clear waters of Hawaii. Take an evening catamaran ride to the world-famous Manta Ray Village where you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snorkel alongside these gentle giants at sunset.

Meet these majestic creatures on our: Hawaii Adventure


5. Sail to Fiji’s breathtaking Yasawa Islands

Embark on a tropical adventure as you set sail to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands. It’s time for some island-living, as you explore the white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush hills of Kuata Island. Kayak, stand-up paddle board, and snorkel in the warm waters of the South Pacific and even have the opportunity to snorkel or SCUBA among its vibrant coral reefs.

Visit Fiji on our: New Zealand, Australia & Fiji Adventure


6. Tour the Alhambra in Spain

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is rich with history and is home to one of the most visited sites in the world, the Alhambra. Take a guided tour of this 12th century Moorish palace and look around in wonder at the architectural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit the Alhambra on our: Spain Adventure


7. Marvel at the Grand Canyon

Walk the rim of the Grand Canyon and take in the incredible scenery around you. You’ll quickly see why it’s considered to be one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

Experience this natural wonder on our program: California & the Canyons


8. Volunteer in the medical field in Ecuador

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Under the guidance of MEDLIFE doctors and other medical professionals, help provide free healthcare to indigenous locals. Teens will walk away with hands-on medical support experience and a greater understanding of the complexities and challenges of public health in remote communities. All while exploring the beauty of Ecuador!

Volunteer with MEDLIFE on our program : Ecuador: Medical Assistance


9. Hike the coastal trails of Cinque Terre

Part of the Italian Riviera, these five small, classic Italian towns are built into the cliffs and rise from the sea. Hike from village to village stopping for breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, the colorful towns, and vibrant landscapes with lemon trees.

Enjoy these views on our adventure: France, Switzerland & Italy


10. Live and study in the heart of Barcelona

Feel the vibrant vibes of Barcelona as you live and study in the heart of this iconic city. Pursue your academic goals, meet new people, and let Barcelona be the epic backdrop for an amazing learning experience.

Study abroad on our program: Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona


11. Look up at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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Let the city of lights enchant you as you look up at the majestic Eiffel Tower. This architectural wonder is just the beginning as you’ll also visit the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.

Visit Paris on our program: European Discovery


12. Help marine conservation efforts in the Florida Keys

Make a difference by volunteering in the Florida Keys. From restoring coral nurseries and cleaning up the waterways, to learning about shark conservation efforts, you’ll team up with a community committed to preserving the local coral reefs and marine life.

Dive right in on our program: Florida Keys: Marine & Wildlife Conservation


13. Zip-line through Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest

Get ready for an epic thrill by zip-lining through Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest. Experience the excitement of flying high above the lush canopy and immerse yourself in the incredible biodiversity of this awesome ecosystem. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping adventure surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Enjoy this activity on our: Costa Rica Adventure


14. Take a course on the campus of UCLA

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High school students can explore their interests while staying on the campus of UCLA. Choose from a wide selection of engaging courses, and discover the best sights and activities in Los Angeles with your new friends. Students will also have access to UCLA’s incredible athletic facilities!

Experience college life on our program: Pre-College Enrichment Los Angeles – on the Campus of UCLA


15. SCUBA and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

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Plunge into the underwater universe while SCUBA diving or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Explore lively coral gardens and witness the incredible diversity of one of the planet’s most iconic natural wonders. Dive into crystal-clear waters and create memories that will last a lifetime in the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Spot Nemo and his friends on our: Australia Adventure


16. Hop in a Pink Jeep for an off-road adventure

This exhilarating Pink Jeep tour takes you through the rugged terrain of Sedona, against the iconic backdrop of its famous red-rock formations. Hold on tight as you descend down the Road of No Return!

Ride in style on our program: Californian Extravaganza


17. Support sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica

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Join dedicated conservationists in safeguarding nesting sites, monitoring hatchlings, and contributing to vital research. Make a positive impact on marine life by supporting sea turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica.

Volunteer on our program: Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Conservation


18. Climb the Via Ferrata in Whistler

Challenge yourself with an exhilarating adventure in Whistler! Clip into Via Ferrata, a network of steel cables that run the length of a mountain face, and climb to the top for the best panoramic views of Whistler’s stunning landscapes.

Visit Whistler on our program: Northwestern Odyssey


19. Learn about the stock market on Wall Street

Deepen your understanding of financial markets by learning about the stock market on Wall Street. In collaboration with the New York Institute of Finance (NYIF), explore the dynamics of stock trading, investment strategies, and the economic pulse of one of the world’s most iconic financial districts.

Join us in NYC on our: Wall Street Stock Market & Investment Experience


20. Help preserve Maui’s ecosystem

Contribute to the conservation of Maui’s precious ecosystem. Join hands-on initiatives to protect native flora and fauna, restore habitats, and participate in community-driven efforts. Be a steward of nature and help preserve the natural beauty that makes Maui a haven for both residents and visitors alike.

Visit Maui on our program: Hawaii Service & Adventure


21. Care for elephants in Thailand

Experience the joy of feeding, bathing, and interacting with elephants while learning about their behavior and the importance of ethical wildlife conservation.

Enjoy this activity on our: Thailand & Vietnam Adventure


22. Chill on Mediterranean beaches

Relax and unwind on sun-kissed Mediterranean beaches, where blue waters meet golden sands. Whether you prefer secluded coves or bustling waterfronts, the coastal beauty and tranquil vibes create the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating and memorable beach experience.

Enjoy the Mediterranean on our: Italy Adventure


23. Embark on a Viking sushi tour in Iceland

Embark on a unique culinary adventure in Iceland with a Viking sushi tour. Discover the freshest, locally sourced seafood as you journey through scenic landscapes. Grab a pair of chopsticks and try something new, while tasting the catch of the day!

Enjoy this activity on our: Iceland & Greece Adventure


24. Cruise Amsterdam’s beautiful canals

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Immerse yourself in the picturesque charm of Amsterdam as you cruise its beautiful canals. Glide along the historic waterways, passing by iconic architecture, charming bridges, and tree-lined streets.

Enjoy this activity on our: Amsterdam, London & Barcelona Adventure


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