The Power of Educational Travel

Our authentic educational experiences are designed to turn the world into your classroom!

Educational travel gives students from all backgrounds the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the classroom! TFT offers a wide range of transformative programs for students from middle school to college. Reading textbooks and completing assignments only takes young learners so far. Our mission is to empower students with authentic, real-world experiences that enrich their learning, broaden their perspectives, and spark new interests and goals! From language immersion and cultural enrichments to photography workshops and community service, we partner with local experts to give small groups of students the chance to make lifelong memories and transform their understanding of the world around them.

Discover, Explore, Learn

Our tours feature carefully curated itineraries to ensure each student gets the most out of their travel experience. Daily itineraries are unique to each location and offer a careful balance between structured activities and free time for students to discover and learn independently. Groups have the chance to explore historical and cultural sites, immerse themselves in the natural environment, visit museums, connect with the local community, and much more! Browse our diverse programs and offerings. We understand that each traveler will bring their own goals, interests, and needs to the experience. That’s why we prioritize flexibility in our approach, working to customize tours and adapt to the needs of each individual group!

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What to Expect on an Educational Tour

Curated Tours

Our programs are designed not only to teach students about local cultures, histories, and languages but also to instill practical lessons that will teach them to be authentic travelers! From learning about sustainable farming practices to participating in local environmental efforts, daily itineraries are packed with teachable moments that give small groups of 16-24 students unique knowledge and skills they’ll carry with them throughout their lives.

Immersive Activities

With TFT, you’ll never be stuck on a bus looking out at the local landscape. We believe cultural immersion is the key to educational travel. Enjoy hands-on, immersive enrichment activities such as cooking classes, dance lessons, volunteer and community service opportunities, and visits with local families and tribes to really dive into the culture!


Trying out the local cuisine is one of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling. When it comes to food, we believe in personal choice. That’s why we let our travelers order exactly what they like off the menu at each destination. Trip Directors also often select a few appetizers for students to enjoy! We accommodate most dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets as well as allergies.

Accommodations and Hotels

Hotels are our accommodation of choice because they offer the highest standards of cleanliness, proximity to attractions, safety, and comfort. Some tours may also feature additional fun and unique accommodations such as universities, adventure centers, or glamping! On average, 2-4 participants share a room but this varies depending on the type of accommodation and the gender breakdown. We always ensure every participant has their own bed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a tour guide or leader assigned to our group for the duration of the tour?

Yes! We have trained counselors with extensive experience and knowledge about each individual destination to guide groups through every tour. Our team is made up of diverse and experienced travelers. Combined, they represent 49 nationalities, speak 21 languages, and have visited 142 countries!

How far in advance should I book the tour and what is the availability for my preferred dates?

While we don’t have a set deadline, we recommend registering as soon as possible – well in advance of your tour’s departure date. Our tours tend to fill up quickly, and there are a variety of requirements to complete after registering!

What types of activities and experiences do you offer that are relevant to my subject matter and educational goals?

We offer a wide range of activities that can be customized to your educational goals, from photography workshops, to community service, to language immersion, to explorations of local cuisine, and more! You can even work with us to customize your trip to ensure we meet all your expectations.

What destinations do you offer for educational tours?

We offer programs covering over 45 unique destinations throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. Browse our programs to search by destination, region, availability, program type, and other tour characteristics!

How do you handle dietary restrictions and accommodations for students with special needs?

We’re proud to nurture an inclusive and respectful environment. We have a variety of customized options available for students who need extra assistance and we accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies. Contact us to discuss your unique needs in detail.

What is the student-to-chaperone ratio on your tours?

Each tour group is accompanied by a tour director with several staff members based on the size and needs of the group. Generally, we always make sure to maintain a ratio of at least one chaperone to every eight students!

How do you ensure the safety and well-being of students during the tour?

The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We’re constantly reevaluating the safety of each destination and activity we offer. TFT staff is carefully vetted and receives comprehensive safety and risk-management training. Learn more about our extensive safety protocols and rules!

What is your cancellation policy and how do you handle unexpected events?

All payments are fully cancelable and refundable within the allotted deadline. Families also receive updates (and photos) from the Trip Director every 24-48 hours. They can also reach out to our team 24/7 and have access to a special emergency hotline!

How do you handle emergency situations and medical needs during the tour?

All TFT staff members are trained in emergency preparedness and are CPR and first-aid certified. Every staff member also carries a variety of over-the-counter medications to treat common illnesses, as well as a “camper card” that identifies each student’s pertinent medical conditions and needs. The Trip Director carries a first-aid kit at all times in case of emergency.

Can you provide travel insurance or recommend a provider for our group?

Yes! Travel insurance is required for all programs. While you have the option to purchase your insurance independently, the TFT protection plan is also available with Travel Insured International.

How can I get in touch with the tour operator during the planning and preparation process?

Our knowledgeable operations team is available to respond to questions, concerns, and general communications throughout the planning process. You can email us at and a member of our team will get in touch. You can also call us at (888) 457-4534 M-F from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST, or schedule a call with us at a time that works for you!

Travel with us and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.


Authenticity is ingrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.

Check out what past travelers have to say about Travel For Teens and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.

"The trip was a great success! I think all of the kids had an amazing time. Thanks for all your help in the planning stages. As for feedback, I can only really say positive things! Stefania was wonderful and did a great job leading us. I really think she did a nice job of reading the kids and being able to adjust our schedule as needed, but always checking with me first, which I really appreciated. I really am looking forward to planning another trip with TFT - just a matter of when and where! Thanks again."

Nathan W. Norwich Free Academy ASL & Classics Teacher

"Both photography trips I have done with my photography students with TFT were amazing.TFT photography trips provide a great combination of practical knowledge and inspiration. The photography instructors are knowledgeable, communicate well with students and chaperones, and work hard to ensure that the travelers have a fabulous experience. It is amazing to witness our teens' skills and passion for photography grow throughout the course of the trip. Photo lessons and challenges provide the perfect opportunity to expand their skills and push them to try new things. Thank you, TFT for providing these amazing experiences!"

Shasta E. Harmony High School Photography Teacher

"I know you saw on social media, but I just wanted to “officially” tell you how wonderful the SHA British Isles trip was. Every day was full of fun and so many different activities and the pacing was perfect. Hannah and Hunt are awesome and felt just like SHA people (like you do too!). Our students were so happy and enjoyed it so much. It is truly a privilege to get to travel with them and be their teacher/friend in an entirely different capacity. All the trips are up on there on my “best of” list, but this one ranks near the top. Thanks for all the work that you and TFT do to make these trips possible. I know how much behind the scenes work goes on and how many different hands are involved. One of our Sacred Heart principles is educating to global awareness and I can’t think of many better ways to help them continue to develop into global citizens than through travel. I hope your summer is wonderful- with travel near and far- and that all the TFT trips are successes! Cheers!"

Kelly W. Sacred Heart Academy History & Theology Teacher

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