Teen spirit: four trips to inspire young people when we can travel again

Looking for travel inspiration for your teenagers? Broaden their horizons with these inspiring trips to look forward to.

Sunday, April 5, 2020,
By Maria Pieri
A group hike to the Manto de la Novia waterfall in Banos, Ecuador provides a thrilling ...
A group hike to the Manto de la Novia waterfall in Banos, Ecuador provides a thrilling adventure for the whole family.
Photograph by Getty

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has pulled together a list of 25 activities to help build confidence, independence and resilience among youngsters — and support positive mental health and physical wellbeing in the process. We pick four of our favourite and suggest an itinerary that fits the bill.

1. Set yourself a physical challenge
Learn survival skills at the Sani Resort on Greece’s Halkidiki coast, courtesy of the new Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Lessons include camouflage, navigation, raft-building and foraging.
How to do it: The BGSA Teen Club starts from €40 (£33.50) per day, per person.

2. Spend time in nature
Head to Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge to experience 6,200 acres of cloud forest, soaring through the treetops on the Sky Bike and Dragonfly Canopy Gondola. Led by Mashpi’s team of local naturalist guides, teens will learn how to safely navigate the forest on foot and observe the lodge’s resident scientists at work in the lab.
How to do it: $1,340 (£1,030) per room per night, including shared transfers from Quito and all meals and guided activities and excursions within the reserve. Excludes international flights.

3. Travel somewhere new
It can be particularly rewarding for young people when they step out of their comfort zone, and there’s nowhere better to do this than the wilds of South Africa. Scott Dunn’s teen programme offers an African adventure with two unforgettable safari experiences, including a trip to Marakela National Park, before heading to the Leobo Private Reserve and concluding in buzzing Cape Town. 
How to do it: Prices from £6,000 a person.

4. Experience a digital detox
Join Metropolitan Touring’s island-hopping safari and bring biology to life with a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Twin it with a digital switch-off, and book day trips with expert guides, traversing the rim of the active Sierra Negra volcano and spotting whitetip reef sharks. Head to Santa Cruz Island for trips on the hotel’s yacht, as well as snorkelling, surfing and kayaking.
How to do it: From $3,554 (£2,730) per person, double occupancy, including all accommodation, return inter-island flights, tours, excursions and meals. Excludes international flights. 

Published in the April 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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