Adventure Travel At Its Best

Do you love adventure travel and activities that you can caption “don’t try this at home”? If so, you’ll want to try all of these activities that will give you that adrenaline rush you’re looking for! A big part of traveling is to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, and here’s no exception, as you won’t want to miss out on any of the excitement. As you overcome any uncertainties you may have, you’ll quickly feel a sense of accomplishment as you step out of your harness and helmet – yes safety first at all times – and smile from ear to ear. We’ve seen it time and time again, so here’s your chance to come and embrace your adventurous side!

6 Adventure Travel Activities:


White water rafting is always a thrill, especially when you take the plunge over Tutea Falls, New Zealand, the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world! Other exciting rafting adventures include: Tully River with its more than 45 rapids in Queensland, Australia, in Heredia, Costa Rica, the roaring Rouge River in Canada, the Isere River through the Tarentaise Valley in France, the thrilling Alfeios River in Greece, Snake River and braving its many rapids in the USA, Cetina River with its breathtaking views in Croatia and the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley in Peru.

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Repel down a waterfall on our canyoning adventure in Arenal Volcano National Park. Try it yourself with one of our Costa Rica Community Service programs.

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Invented in New Zealand, Rotorura is the place to try zorbing, an amazing thrill ride. Step inside your zorb and have a ball as you roll down the hill while experiencing New Zealand and Australia adventure travel!

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Sand boarding

Sand board or slide down some of the largest sand dunes in the world, near Huacachina, a desert oasis. Hop on a dune buggy to get there with one of our adventures in Peru.

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Zip lining

Zip lining through lush green rain forests is something truly spectacular! Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds as you zip your way through Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador or Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica.

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Jet boating

The Shotover is ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ as it speeds through the dramatic and narrow Shotover River Canyons. This is a classic Queenstown, New Zealand experience, complete with exhilarating 360° spins, so hop on board with our New Zealand and Australia adventure.

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Our summer programs offer such an amazing variety of activities that there truly is something for everyone. If you’re looking for adventure tours that are action-packed start by browsing our Active Teen Tours and Global Adventures.

5 Stats That Will Get You Excited About Your Future In STEM!

Teacher helping two students build a robotic arm in their design and technology lesson

In a world where technology is advancing so fast that it’s hard to remember a time before smart phones, apps and online shopping, it makes sense that the future for STEM careers is bright. An education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) may be something you’re considering so we thought we’d share a few of the latest stats that may help support your decision.

5 Stats About STEM Jobs:

  1. 93 out of 100 STEM occupations had wages above the national average. Most STEM occupations earn nearly double the national average wage, where the national average wage for all STEM occupations was $87,570.
  1. Employment in STEM occupations grew by 10.5% between 2009 and 2015, which is nearly double the growth of non-STEM occupations.
  1. 7 out of the 10 largest STEM occupations were computer related. Out of all the computer and information systems jobs, applications software developer was the STEM occupation that represented the most employment.
  1. Engineers accounted for 19% of STEM employment, coming in at second place. Also petroleum engineers were the highest paid STEM occupation of all, with an annual mean wage of $149,590. Architectural and engineering managers earned the second highest wages.
  1. Computer occupations are projected to grow another 12.5% from 2014 to 2024, which will represent almost half a million new jobs, which is nearly 8 times the growth than any other STEM occupation.

Why not get a head start by exploring where your passion may lie?

Check out our new summer STEM experience, a collaboration with Popular Mechanics magazine and other industry leaders including iFLY Hollywood, Ryobi and Ridgid, Hollywood 3D Printing and Sphero. This program will also give you a preview into college life, as you get to stay at UCLA’s residence, attend college workshops and enjoy day trips to some exciting attractions in and around L.A. After this incredible summer, you’ll only hope college life will be this good!


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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