• Dear Ned, Thank you so much for the wonderful time in Greece and Italy. It was truly an unforgettable time that will go through my mind for the rest of my life. Not only the experience of being in an ancient and far older world than ours made it unforgettable, but sharing it with new friends who will remain in my heart. I just wanted to say thank you because of what you did for all of us how much of an impact you made on the quality of the trip. Stay in touch. Thank you

    John Howard, PA
    John Howard, PA
  • Hey Nic! I just wanted to say one last goodbye and sincerely thank you for everything. I think we appreciated so much more than you may have realized. I honestly don't think it would have been as amazing and fun without you and Margaux leading the way. My view on the world and even my life has changed so much (in a good way of course). I got to really dig deep into Italian culture especially with everything you shared with the group, and for the first time I got to experience what it is like to make really good friends with complete strangers. It's amazing how hard you and Margaux worked to make this the best trip of our lives, and it really was which I am forever thankful for. Sincerely,

    Gabbie Sedotto, NY
    Gabbie Sedotto, NY
  • I went on the Italy/Photography trip that started at the beginning of August and I just wanted to drop an email to say that Nic, Giulia, and Bess were amazing as the leaders of the group. They were so warm, thoughtful, funny, and always had answers to my admittedly random questions. I started the trip with no knowledge whatsoever of photography- I could barely turn on the camera and take a photo- but by the end of the trip I was so comfortable with the mechanics and was snapping away like a pro (or at least, in my mind.) The trip made such an impression on me that I have decided to study visual arts as a minor in college because I enjoyed the trip that much. The memories I made were amazing, and I know that came largely from the monumental effort that Nic, Giulia, and Bess put in to have the trip running smoothly. The staff you have is superb and I regret not signing up for a trip earlier as this year was my last eligible year as a camper. Even weeks later I'm thinking about the trip and smiling, and I know that I will for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for running such a top-notch travel tour and again, your staff is fantastic.

    Sandy Lynn, NY
    Sandy Lynn, NY
  • This trip not only challenged me physically, but also broke open my heart. The privilege of staying with the family and also getting to know the amazing people that were apart of this adventure with me made this one of the happiest times of my life! I know the friends I made in Sicily will be my friends for life and I am so grateful for the wise guidance and hilarious times given and shared with my counselors! I wish I was still in Sicily now surrounded by beautiful land and beautiful people. Thank you so much Travel For Teens!

    Jesse Miller, FL
    Jesse Miller, FL
  • Thank you Nic for an amazing trip. Everyday was awesome and I had a better time than I ever expected I would. I really think being abroad for two weeks has changed me. I'm already thinking more about what I want to do in the future and how to get back to Europe. Hopefully I get a chance to travel with you again next summer. Thanks again.

    Brian Luther, OR
  • Hey Ned, I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time I had in Eastern Europe…I really appreciated the history of the countries and places we visited, and overall liked the entire group of campers and counselors. I would like to come back to Travel for Teens next year for some more trips, and just wanted to thank you for a wonderful time and experience. Thanks again.

  • Hi Nic, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed our trip.

    Having never before traveled to Italy, it was much more than I anticipated. Italy has always been our first choice of places to visit. I found the architecture, especially the Cathedrals, far beyond anything I have ever seen. Photographs do not do them justice. The menu was fabulous. Seeing the different suburban and rural areas gave us a good understanding of the diversity within the Italian population. Venezia was my favorite followed closely by Monterosso. I thoroughly enjoyed the train travel as it provided a great opportunity to see the cities and countryside. I look forward to again “dining my way across Italy” in the near future. Thank you for a memorable holiday.
    Martin W.
  • Just wanted to say thanks for helping Emily have and amazing trip in Italy. She came home with amazing stories and a huge smile on her face. I feel she is a different young lady with more knowledge, culture, amazing experiences and more mature. I believe this experience will help her to want more, achieve more, do more and set higher goals for herself. I look forward to her traveling with Travel for Teens next summer. I know you guys had your hands full with a large group and I am certain they all left with memories they will always treasure. Thanks to you and all the counselors that worked so hard to ensure she had an amazing time!

    Janet M.
  • Ned! Sounds like you guys are having a blast in Australia! I’m going through serious withdrawal right now… I want to be back with you guys so badly! While Cassie & I were talking yesterday, we both said how sad it was not to wake up & start an exciting day with everyone. Thank you (Jake & Damian) for the best two weeks ever! I can’t thank you enough… Can’t wait to travel/see the three of you!

  • Thank you for all the good times that you brought us in this trip…It was an awesome experience and I admire very much the way that you deal with us. We love you a lot and we look forward to seeing you in a future trip. By the way if you want to come to Puerto Rico in any moment call us that you can stay at Rolando’s beachfront empty apartment.

    Guillermo and Rolando
  • Thank you for giving me the gift of a trip to Greece with young women who mean the world to me and friends/co-workers who will remain entrenched in my heart as my Greece traveling companions. Thank you for being a role model and positive male influence on 38 teenagers, many of whom do not have positive, male influences in their own lives and truly need them. I can not thank you enough for respecting my girls, caring about them, defending them when need be, and simply being an advocate for them. They can walk away from this trip knowing that there are guys out there like you, Teddy and Steve; girls need to know that! Thank you for remaining positive in all situations, for having a miraculous amount of energy at even the earliest of wake-up calls, and for keeping all the chaperones happy with wine and food and laughs. And finally, thank you for reminding me that there is so much beauty in this world to be thankful for; you could not have known this, but I needed reminding. I’ll be traveling in Ireland and England next month and I’m not sure what I’ll do without TFT to plan my trip and make sure my sandwich is vegetarian and call ahead to this and that hotel… So you keep me in your good thoughts and prayers and I’ll keep you in mine.

    Janet I.
  • Dear Pat, I love absolutely everything about my three years with [Travel for Teens], and I have no plans to stop traveling with you…. Because of Travel for Teens I have toured a fair amount of Europe and seen a grand total of 10 countries. I never could have dreamed up anything this amazing before my trip to Italy in 2005. But, apparently wishes do come true! I have met friends that I will keep forever, and counselors that I consider very good friends. I know this company is always expanding, and I truly cannot wait to watch it grow… Thank you so much for the incredible opportunities you have provided.

  • Hey Ned! How are ya?… I just wanted to thank you for another amazing summer… After last summer, I was afraid this one wouldn’t compare and I would be disappointed, but I was completely wrong. I had a beyond amazing time on all of the trips I went on. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I was that day to meet up with you in the Paris airport on the way to Thailand. I had already been on two incredible trips that summer and then Thailand and Australia just surpassed everything. I will never forget any of the places I went to or all of the people I met. Every trip I have been on has been absolutely unforgettable and I am always thinking about what an amazing time I had. Thank you so much for a great time in Thailand, Cambodia, and Australia!!! Any word on the reunion yet?

  • Hi Ned, One week ago today, we had landed back in Durham following a fantastic few days in NYC directed by TFT. We hoped that the trip would be good for all involved, but never imagined how maeaningful and fun the trip could possibly be for the group! Fritz put together an itinerary that perfectly suited our seniors. I am in awe at the things he was able to make happen for us including skipping the two-hour wait to order 5 Grimaldi’s pizzas for 16 starving students, getting tickets to Upright Citizen’s Brigade Comedy Show for Friday night featuring Bobby Moynihan and Zack Woods, impressive orchestra seats to the mesmerizing “Wicked” and convincing security at the Top of the Rock that we should be allowed entrance even though we arrived 10 minutes after closing. He is good! His partner in crime, Max, did a great job relating to the kids and being a ton of fun along the way. Did you know that he is an accomplished pianist? Both Philip and Maria, our graduation student speakers spoke of the trip while at the podium on Friday and I also used highlights of the trip in my address to the seniors at our Senior Banquet the evening before graduation. So…thank you for making this happen for Trinity! I am hoping to plan a small trip for the rising seniors in May given the success of this trip. Philadelphia comes to mind and would be easy for you all. In addition, I want to pursue organizing a summer trip to Europe for 2011 for Trinity students. Let’s talk about this when you have a minute.

    Lori E.
  • Dear Ned, Well, it’s been about three months since we went to Italy but I still miss it so much… That trip was so absolutely amazing. You put so much of yourself and worked so hard that it was inexplicably special. I just wanted to thank you for that. We really got immersed into what Italy has and you educated us so much too. It is really something I will never forget. Your passion and excitement for life is contagious. You really got everyone excited about everything and that was just great. Keep doing what your doing because it changes peoples view on their world and the world around them forever. I hope your doing great! Good luck with everything! Thank you soooooo much.

  • Hi Philippe, I am writing you this email to thank you for the most incredible summer of my life… From the moment I walked into the airport i was greeted with warm smiles and excitement from both the counselors and the travelers. Who knew that Greece was such an amazing and interesting country? Climbing the Acropolis, lying on the breath taking beaches, sailing in the bluest of oceans, it was all so much fun, I wish my summer never ended! The counselors were incredible as well. They were always excited, and enthusiastic, which made the trip so much better. They were so much fun, and they knew how to make you feel right at home. I recommended Travel for Teens to all of my friends, because if you want to enjoy your summer, and make it an unforgettable one, then these trips are just right for you! This summer was by far the best summer of my life. I made friends who I still keep in touch with, and created memories that will last me a lifetime. The best part about it all was being with other kids who just wanted to learn about the culture, and have fun too! Thank you so much Travel for Teens, for making this summer such an incredible one, and I look forward to seeing you next summer!

  • We have been using Travel for Teens for years. We alternate between France and Spain. This year we are going to Paris, Nice, Monaco etc… Last year was Madrid, Palma and Barcelona. This is my 4th trip with them. A French native, I have been teaching French and Spanish at GA for 31 years. Each experience has been terrific and has actually changed the life of a couple of students who came back from the trip more confident, mature and with a different outlook on life. We have been extremely satisfied every year and are already organizing next year trip to Spain.

    Patrick D.
  • Beau had a stellar experience with Travel for Teens over the summer. I was impressed with every aspect of the trip, most especially Ned Clark & the counselors because they personally shaped the trip … Beau felt what he learned and experienced was extremely eye-opening. He says he came back with a new perspective on the world and history … He grew very fond of the counselors. Wouldn’t it be something if all children could take trips and learn in this fashion. I feel so fortunate … Between that summer and this past summer, he is wildly excited about traveling the world and that desire is what I wanted to ignite. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • On her way home from the airport, Madi said she missed Paris already… She also asked us if she could take multiple trips (England/Scotland, Germany and Paris/South of France) with TFT next summer. She also has begged us to plan some trip to Paris before then! If that is not an endorsement of your program, its hard to say what is!

  • Philippe, I have been meaning to write to Travel For Teens to thank them… …for, yet again, giving one of my children a fabulous lifetime memory. Please pass on to Damien and Ned that she thought they were the best… as well as the other counselors. Stacy had a wonderful time. Time and again, she brings up a new fact or memory of her trip. It was a perfect adventure for her, as she likes to keep pretty busy. She especially liked New Zealand and the outback in Australia. She has already informed me that she plans to take the trip to Thailand next year…

  • Bryna returned with such good memories and friends that she is remaining in contact with… She described her summer travel as ‘awesome’ and ‘incredible’. You can be assured that I will share the confidence that I have in Travel for Teens, in the organizational details of the trip, in Bryna’s counselors, and with Mary Anne Hawrylak, whom Bryna described as ‘one of the nicest people in the whole world’…

  • Dear Mr. David, [Jesse's] trip was one that has given him a lifetime of memories! He had such a wonderful time and a real respect and camaraderie with the Travel for Teens counselors. As parents, we have recommended your tours highly to friends with children who are now looking into summer trips, and we thank you for taking such good care of our son.

  • I can not say enough about Travel for Teens. This is a company that cares about people. Not only did our group learn, experience, laugh and cultivate amazing memories, but we simply grew closer as friends and colleagues. Travel for Teens fosters the kind of environment that allows its participants to become travelers. Faculty and teens take buses together, ride the metro together, board ferries and exchange currency and find their airline gates together. We were able to mentor while simultaneously experiencing something new and exciting, ourselves. I was most impressed with the combination of independence and care that the counselors allowed our students; our girls were able to make choices but were given fair boundaries. They were taken care of without being coddled, and I believe this creates a forum for teens to become mature, young adults, to be proud to call themselves world travelers. Travel for Teens is a company that truly understands teenagers, and this is evident in the counselors’ ability to maximize the learning experience without losing any of the fun. I sincerely hope to travel with them again.

    Janet L.
  • Dear Ned, I am sending this email to thank you… …for doing an amazing job leading the Cinque Terre trip this year. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was. Doing the community service there made me feel something that I have never felt before – I felt important. I felt like I was actually having a significant, positive effect on this world. I can now honestly say that I did something meaningful in my life. I also made amazing friends on the trip that I will cherish forever. Traveling is one of my passions, and because of Travel for Teens, I can do this with other people that share my love of seeing the world. I miss you and everyone else from our trip. I would like to send my deep and utmost appreciation to you, Ruby, Kate, Teddy, Fjodi, Gwen, Kelsey, Pat, and everyone else involved with this trip for making my summer the time of my life. Thank you.

    Jacob S.
  • Ani continues to talk about the Paris trip to this day, and I might add, it is always something positive… …and always brings a smile to her face. Ani still remembers how kind everyone was to her, especially Mary Anne, on the day she was not feeling well, and of course I will always remember how calm and comforting Mary Anne was to me when she called to tell me that Ani was not feeling well. I had complete confidence that Ani was in very good hands, which I would be happy to tell anyone who is considering having their child participate in your program.

  • Lindsay came home so thrilled to share the details… …of the wonderful time she had in South Africa with TFT, in adddition to the great photography sessions. We are also so amazed by the experiences you offered in such a short amount of time. It is unbelievable how every trip she has been on with TFT has surpassed the previous one, and these memories are sure to color her world in so many ways. It was ‘more amazing than she ever expected,’ and the life lessons while traveling the world with you are invaluable. Many thanks again.

    Beth and Joe L.
  • Thanks for taking such good care of the kids… It isn’t easy just to pop your kid onto a plane with a group of strangers to Europe, and the way you kept in touch with so much immediacy made us breath easier.

    Beverly & Brian W.
  • This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to Spain with our students. My personal experience was just so enjoyable and fulfilling. The three young men who traveled with us to Spain did an outstanding job. They were very organized and made sure we all were well taken care of. They were extremely respectful of the students and the chaperones. Travel For Teens gives young people an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty of other countries and cultures.

    Sister Carla H.
  • Hi Pat. Our trip was fabulous!!!! Could not have been better (well maybe no rain)….We are in Rome right now doing some sightseeing. We head to Paris tomorrow. Thanks so much for all you have done to make everything so wonderful. Nic was awesome.

    Paula H.
  • Ned, Your experience and planning of the trips not only offers the teens the best the of the destinations and cultures, but also gives us, the parents, the peace of mind that they are in good hands.

    Lori W.
  • Johnny, We cannot thank you enough for giving Zoe this incredible experience! We still can’t believe how much living you packed into those 10 days in Costa Rica. It was life-changing. She pushed herself, faced a few fears, and made lifelong friends.

    Lisa D.
  • Nic, The trip was amazing. It really was. It was the best experience I’ve had in my life so far. It was totally worth every penny and more. The friends and memories will last a lifetime, and I’m grateful for that.

    Bryan D.
  • TFT is an amazing organization I am so happy that I found you on the Internet a year ago. TFT has changed Michael’s life and helped him to become an awesome, motivated, and amazing young man. Thank you for all you do!

    Jane H.
  • Dear TFT. Many thanks for all your hard work that you make look easy. We would recommend your program to anyone who wants their child to have the time of their lives, to discover another part of their world…and themselves in the process.

    Beth J.
  • As a parent, I really appreciated the photo journal along the way. When your child is halfway around the world, it’s comforting to see pictures that show her healthy and enjoying herself. The range of activities looked incredible — I would like to go on this trip too!

    Carin G.
  • I’d like to thank you all so much for all the time and effort everyone put into making this trip absolutely spectacular! Having never been off the east coast of the U.S. (let alone out of the country), I felt reassured and totally at ease throughout the entire experience, knowing that Travel for Teens is an organization I can trust to keep me safe and to help me make the most of my time abroad. I learned so much about myself and the world through this trip and can’t wait to travel abroad again.

    Megan B.
  • Johnny, I just wanted to take the time to sincerely thank you for everything you did to make this past week absolutely perfect. Our trip to Spain was a truly unforgettable one, and we definitely have you, Phil, and Isaac to thank for that. Your patience and kindness with us was unbelievably astounding and please know that it was greatly appreciated. I was expecting a typical strict Villa trip with limited time for fun, but I was so pleasantly surprised thanks to you guys and your upbeat personalities. I had a blast and am so thankful to have met three of the best trip leaders there is. I know I can speak for everyone else when I say that we already miss it soooo much. This sounds so cliche, but every single day so far in school has been spent reminiscing about “Espana” and it’s literally all we can think about. We especially say how much we miss you, Isaac, and Phil and trying to explain how great you guys were to our other friends doesn’t even do it justice. It really made a difference to have someone like you leading us around Spain. I feel like we saw all the important things, ate at the best places (kabobs!!!!), and had a real cultural experience because you knew what you were doing, you were organized, and most importantly so much fun! You guys have a tough job dealing with 23 teenage girls in a foreign country yet you did it effortlessly and with a smile on your face. You thanked us for never complaining, but we should really be thanking you for never giving us a reason to. I truly had the time of my life and wanted you to know that it wouldn’t have been possible without TFT. This experience has definitely sparked an interest in me to travel as much as possible, just like you guys always tell us to. I hope everywhere I travel to in the future is as memorable and painless as our trip. My week in Spain will always have a special place in my heart and I will miss it so much (we are already talking about having an Espana11 reunion pool party at my house haha). Thank you again for everything.

    Christy C.
  • John, I would like to thank Phil, Isaac and yourself for a wonderful job. Lauren had a magnificent time and thought you and your staff did an outstanding job. She was very pleased with every aspect of the trip.

  • Your pictures and emails were great! I felt like I was in touch with my daughter at all the stops by enjoying the pictures.

  • I was very impressed with the professionalism of TFT from the time we signed up to the time Lauren arrived home. Keep up the good work and feel free to us me as a reference.

    Ernie M.
  • Hi Johnny, Just a quick note of thanks to you and the travel for teens staff, especially those on the trip to Spain. Michelle had the BEST time, and she credited you guys who really knew where to go and what to do! My husband and I are so happy she had this terrific opportunity to travel and experience the history, culture and beauty of a different country. Our appreciation for making this trip so awesome for our daughter and all the kids on the trip.

  • Keep up the good work, she said you guys were great! And, the daily pictures are also a great idea for the parents at home, they are not only fun to see but they also relieve any worry we might be feeling when we see those smiling faces.

    Carolyn D.
  • To the amazing staff at Travel for Teens: From the time we got the call that our daughter, Carina, had won a trip to Cinque Terre, Italy with Travel For Teens until the time she returned home from this once in a lifetime trip, our experience with the TFT staff was wonderful. We were not familiar with TFT, as we hadn’t yet shopped for a trip like this. When we got the call Carina had won, there was, of course, a feeling of tremendous excitement for our daughter along with some apprehension on our part as parents since she had never travelled alone before and we would be sending her to Italy with a company we knew little about. The staff at TFT, as well as Carina’s teacher, who had traveled with TFT before, was so helpful reassuring us that all would be fine. They patiently answered all of our questions, no matter how small. When our daughter won this trip, we expected that TFT would send her to Italy, she would have a wonderful time and that would be it, but TFT made the experience of winning so special and exciting. Tabatha, a TFT staff member, travelled from Pennsylvania to Carina’s school in Massachusetts to present her with her award, interview her and do a photo shoot. TFT also had her featured in our local newspaper and television station, and generally made her feel like a star!

  • To the amazing staff at Travel for Teens: From the time we got the call that our daughter, Carina, had won a trip to Cinque Terre, Italy with Travel For Teens until the time she returned home from this once in a lifetime trip, our experience with the TFT staff was wonderful. We were not familiar with TFT, as we hadn’t yet shopped for a trip like this. When we got the call Carina had won, there was, of course, a feeling of tremendous excitement for our daughter along with some apprehension on our part as parents since she had never travelled alone before and we would be sending her to Italy with a company we knew little about. The staff at TFT, as well as Carina’s teacher, who had traveled with TFT before, was so helpful reassuring us that all would be fine. They patiently answered all of our questions, no matter how small. When our daughter won this trip, we expected that TFT would send her to Italy, she would have a wonderful time and that would be it, but TFT made the experience of winning so special and exciting. Tabatha, a TFT staff member, travelled from Pennsylvania to Carina’s school in Massachusetts to present her with her award, interview her and do a photo shoot. TFT also had her featured in our local newspaper and television station, and generally made her feel like a star!

  • If we had to say what the best part of this experience was for us as parents, it would hands down be the emails and pictures sent daily by Ned the trip director. Ned and all other staff on the trip took HUNDREDS of pictures every day and emailed them to parents. We cannot adequetly express how much these pictures meant to us, and how much they reassured us that our daughter was safe and having the time of her life! We also really liked that this was a service trip that gave Carina a unique opportunity to help the local community in Cinque Terre.

  • We want to thank Ned, Tabatha, and all the incredible staff at TFT for giving our daughter this incredible opportunity to visit the Italian Rivera with Travel For Teens. We would confidently send her on any trip run by this organization, knowing her experience would be a tremendously rewarding one.

    Lisa and Abdul Taufiq
  • Ryan, Everyone is obviously having a great time. Thanks for your detailed (and nicely written) update and please tell Joni that her pictures are wonderful. It’s nice to have such a complete record of their trip.

  • Clearly, I'm envious of this trip and am living vicariously. Travel is my thing and I'm thrilled Zoe's getting these opportunities. Thank you again for the updates!

    Joelle SAustralia & New Zealand
  • "Everything about the trip was just so exceptionally well done! Thank you, thank you , thank you for providing us with this life changing experience that the girls and I will never forget! Merci mille fois."

    Trish HeeneyFrench Teacher, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
  • "We have been using TFT since 2004. A French native, I have been teaching French and Spanish at GA for 31 years. Each experience has been terrific and has actually changed the life of a couple of students who came back from the trip more confident, mature and with a different outlook on life. We have been extremely satisfied every year."

    Patrick DavidFrench & Spanish Teacher, Germantown Academy
  • "I was highly impressed with the organization of our trip, as well as by the hard work on behalf of the trip leaders. Johnny and Sebastian were knowledgeable, resourceful, patient, fun, and professional at all times. I look forward to working with your company again." 

    Dana SpanoSpanish Teacher, Montebello, NY
  • "Safety is their top priority which is evident in their trip leaders who are always well prepared and have an excellent rapport with the students. The hotels and restaurants guarantee that students will receive an authentic French experience. I could not imagine traveling with another company!

    Every detail of the trip is well organized so I feel comfortable well before leaving the country. The hotels and restaurants are always well chosen and guarantee that students will receive an authentic French experience. Safety is not a concern as the trip leaders are always well prepared and have an excellent rapport with the students. I could not imagine traveling with another company!"

    Celia DukesFrench Teacher, Cary, NC
  • “I am truly appreciative of what Travel For Teens gave to my students. Instead of shuffling kids around from place to place with little context and no choice, TFT offers an experiential trip that allows students the chance to get to know the place historically and culturally. This trip made them aware of the world beyond Bryn Mawr and gave them the confidence to explore that world. Thank you giving them and me this opportunity.” 

    Kerri SchusterHead of English
  • "The easiest way for me to summarize ‘how was the trip,’ I would say, without exaggeration, it changed my life. I would have never thought that I would have realized as much as I did about the world, life, and about myself over just ten days. TFS helped me realize that there is a much bigger picture than just where you are in your life right now. There is a big world out there filled with different cultures to explore, sights to see, and experiences to be had. I hope to be able to see all of that with my newfound love of travel."

    Taylor ConnerStudent, Orlando, FL