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Teen Travel: UK Tour (26/06-9/07)

29 June 2022

Our first trip of the summer has begun and we have a wonderful group. 10 teens from 7 different countries met in London and have started their journey around the UK.

This is an authentic travel experience…the teens are in control of nearly every element of their trip. They will learn to budget, communicate, delegate, compromise and much more.

The teens will take it turns to document their trip. As you can manage this is full immersive experience so their priority isn’t to be writing blogs but they will endeavour to update us every 2-3 days…

Day 1 – 3: London to Cardiff to Glasgow

Berkeley, USA…

The Castle and the Cooking

On our first morning in Cardiff, we explored the city, visiting important sites like Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle, and Bute Park. When we got back, we made homeade garlic bread, and spaghetti with a vegetarian sauce.

The next day, having mostly recovered from jet lag, I was chosen to be in charge of serving dinner. I elected to serve a Welsh classic, leek and potato soup, and rarebit. Ironically, in the land of leeks, we found every ingredient except for the leeks. This sent us on a wild goose chase through Cardiff, where we met Tom Jones, and ended our pursuit at the Cardiff Market.

Preparing the soup was a different beast. After a long time chopping leeks, potatoes, and onions, my crew and I set to work washing our mess and stirring the vegetables in butter. We followed the recipe perfectly, until we found out our blender was broken. Nevertheless, with a masher and some determination, we managed to create a wonderful, Welsh dining experience.

Julia F, USA…

While in Wales, we decided to make cookies. Though our airbnb did not have any of the necessary tools to make cookies (ex. bowls, whisks, spatulas, mixers, vanilla, etc.). I learned to problem solve, which ended up being me using a pot as a bowl and slowly stirring my concoction with a table spoon.

After booking our “pods” in scotland, we discovered they did not have any bedding. Although some of us might have gotten lost in a build a bear, others in the group were determined that we have comfortable sleeping accommodations. They went hunting from camping store to camping store and scored us all our necessary sleeping bags and pillows. They haggled for 15% off, and we scored some sleeping bags and comfy pillows (even though ava lost her sleeping bag like 4 times).

Charlotte, France…

“Our train to Glasgow was cancelled so we decided to sit down and kill some time at a lounge in the train station by playing card games.
We all learned some new card games by watching and listening eachother.
We finally got two trains, one from Liverpool to Wigan and the other one from Wigan to Glasgow, both of them where pretty full but we managed to all finally have a seat.”

Day 4 – 6: Glasgow to Edinburgh

Charlotte, France…

“After a chill morning, we went to Go Ape in Aberfoyle. We started with the explanations and safety instructions. To start we did a first long zip line to join the different courses. we did 6 different courses including a long zip line 426 meters long and 45 meters high to finish. We were all separated into several groups of three. The different courses had lots of different activities as tarzan jump, small zip lines or crossing on wooden logs. It was great fun ! After this, we went to a pub. Most of us tried Irn-Bru for the first time a very sweet scottish drink. We all took different food as pizza, scampi… During lunch we made some plans for the night and secured our accommodation in Edinburgh.”

Ronny, Italy…

On June 30th we were in Trassachs Holiday Park staying in pods. In the evening there was the brilliant idea of ​​having a bbq. We had a lot of fun that evening…we laughed and sang! In short we had a lot of fun then we made a fire where we also cooked marshmallows.

Jessica, Thailand & Marta, Spain…

We woke up around 8-10am and started to pack up and get ready for the day. After we had breakfast, we broke up into groups of three and started planning how to get to Edinburgh.

We ended up with having to get a taxi from the pods to a small town called Aberfoyle, and then a bus from Aberfoyle to Sterling. Then, we had to walk to the train station to catch the train to Edinburgh.

When we got to Edinburgh, we walked around 15 minutes to get some lunch at Nandos. We all had delicious meals and spent some time talking and laughing. Luckily, our accommodation was around 5 minutes away from Nandos, so we quickly walked to it and just spent some time chilling out in the apartments.

To end the day, we all went to an arcade, which was also just around 5 minutes away form the apartments. We had lots of fun playing games, and spent some time bowling in groups. Marta and Charlotte were the bowling winners!

After some fun in the arcade, we all went to the nearest supermarket to get some breakfast for the next morning.

Day 7 – 10: Edinburgh to Hogwarts to Brighton

Julia M, USA…

On the third of July we traveled an hour by train to see the castle that Harry Potter was filmed at for someone in the groups golden ticket. The castle was beautiful and there was so much to see. Some of us even dressed up in medieval outfits and wandered the grounds. While part of the group explored the “Hogwarts” halls others found fluffy hills to roll down again and again. We all joined together again to roll down a hill as a nice bonding activity. Later that day we found a cute pizza restaurant and enjoyed a delicious dinner. That night we walked through the streets of Scotland following a ghost tour and even got access into the underground streets where many years ago families had lived during very hard times.

Derek, Canada…

We left the accommodation at 12:00 and directly went to Arthur’s seat to roll down it. After a lot of walking and waiting we finally got up to the top which is when we realized we couldn’t roll down Arthur’s seat and went back down by walking.
After that we went back to town and visited camera obscura which was lots of fun even though it made us a bit dizzy.

Charlotte, France…

After a really chill morning, we took the bus for Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. We walked to the top of it, it was really windy up there ! We took lots of pictures, the view was so worth it !! Down the hill we had ice cream, then headed to a chinese restaurant where we had lunch, it was really great.
After, we went to Victoria street, Jessica’s golden ticket ! Some of us went to a Harry Potter shop and others just admired this beautiful street. We explored a bit the rest of the city but everything was getting closed. However, we found Camera Obscura an illusion museum , where 21st Century tech meets classic illusions and historic science. It was great fun. When we left to get the bus we came across a man and his owl, Hazel the owl. Julia and Berkley took it on their hand for a few minutes.
We finally took the bus to go back to our accomodation. Arrived there some of us stayed to chill at the accomodation and the others went to the cinema to watch the new minion movie.

Jessica, Thailand…

We all decided to go to Alnwick castle, Ronny’s golden ticket. We travelled from Edinburgh to Alnmouth on the train, and took a taxi from the train station to the castle.

When we got to the castle, we all split up and had a wonder around. We learned about how the castle came to be, and who used to live in it. Did you know that some scenes in Harry Potter was filmed there? It was really cool to see where Harry and his friends learned how to fly their broomsticks.

When we finished visiting Alnwick castle, we headed back to Edinburgh and had dinner at a pizza restaurant. After dinner, we went on a ghost tour around Edinburgh, and a few of us got jump scared 👻. It was a fantastic way to learn about some of Edinburgh’s history.

At the end of the day, we were all really tired so we headed back to our accommodation and went straight to bed.

Marta, Spain…

We woke up early to catch the train. We traveled from Edinburgh to Brighton by train, making a stop in London.

When we arrived to Brighton, we had to find the accommodation were we would stay for two nights. When we were there we chose rooms.

We were starving so we went to eat fish and chips for dinner. We found a restaurant that was number one on TripAdvisor. Then we went to the beach and we went back to the accommodation.

Day 11 – 14: Brighton – London

Berkeley, USA…

On Wednesday, we were moving fairly slowly. We had things to take care of by the end of the day, but we started our day with small groups of teens going for walks in Brighton. We were situated by the beach, so it was a nice area to walk around. After an unstructured start to our day, we went to a taperia for lunch.

Following a nice lunch, we went to the North Lanes in Brighton. It was an area full of shops, mainly clothing stores. However, you could also find the occasional café, record shop, or haberdashery.

After shopping, we convened to find a place to stay. It was our last day in the AirBnB, so we needed a new place to stay. We tried AirBnBs, hostels, and even looked at hotels, but we didn’t find a good option. The best option we found was to book another AirBnB in Brighton, which was a successful venture.

Having found an accommodation for the rest of our stay, we went back to the AirBnB, where a meal of rice and vegetables was made.

How do I know if my teenager is ready for Teen Travel?

21 May 2022

13 to 17 and everything in-between!

L&E Teen Travel is for 13 to 17 year olds.  However, we all know that there are many different types of 13 to 17 year olds!  This is a trip that we think every teen should experience and we want to make sure they are equipped with all the skills they need to set off on their own (not completely on their own!).  If your child has previously attended camps then this is a good start.  They have spent time away from you being independent and making their own decisions.  As they get older, teenagers will naturally want more independence.  This is a great first step to travelling without their parents but in the care of experts.  Let’s be honest, no one knows your child better than you… but if you need advice or want to talk to one of our experts then you can schedule a call with one of our experts.

Speaking the language

The common language that will be spoken is English so will your teenager be able to communicate effectively in the group?  We try to limit each nationality to ensure we are all speaking English.  Therefore your child may not be with someone who speaks their mother tongue (if not English!).  If your teenager is looking to improve their spoken English then we can think of no better immersive experience!  

What type of skills will they need?

Teen Travel is about learning new things such as budget management and how to organise an itinerary.  Each member will bring their own individual skills that will help the group.  One of the most important things the teens will have to figure out early on in the trip is what they each bring to the table.  Is there an A+ maths student in the group – they can take the lead with the expenses, does someone enjoy writing – they can assist others in writing the daily blog.  No matter what skills each teenager has, they will all have to work together as a group.  Each person’s skillset to make sure they get the most out of the trip.  

What happens if my teen gets upset or homesick?

This trip could potentially be the most exciting and challenging thing your teen has ever done.  Our Travel Mentors are fully aware of this.  They will be monitoring each child throughout the trip to ensure they are happy and getting the most out of the trip.  If any teen is upset for whatever reason the Travel Mentors are there to listen and to help them.  We can safely say that 9 times out of 10 it is simply tiredness that makes someone upset.  This is easily fixed by a good nights sleep or an additional rest day.  The Travel Mentors will manage the itinerary.  If it looks like the teens are travelling too often (changing locations every day) then they will step in before anything is planned and offer some sound advice.  

Want to know more?

We can offer advice to you and your teen.  So please get in touch with us if you have any questions about Teen Travel.  You can schedule a call with one of our experts who can talk you through the trip or email teentravel@learnandexperience.com with any questions you may have.

Teen Travel really is an adventure of a lifetime – take the first step, get in touch!  

Ep 19: Emma (17) – Youth Olympic Gold Medalist

4 April 2022

This month’s episode Sam and Julie shine a spotlight on 17 year old Emma Sahlin from Sweden.  

Emma competed at the Lausanne Youth Winter Olympic in several Alpine Skiing events and won GOLD medal!!🏅🥇⛷We talk to her about her journey from first taking up the sport to her ambitions for the future!

What is the L&E Podcast?

The Life Skill Adventure Experts putting a spotlight on remarkable young people and exploring the world they live in.

Join Sam, Mike and Julie with a fast paced, informative and fun show.

Perfect for Teens & Tweens looking to be inspired by other young people and to learn more about the world around them.

We’d love to know what you think about our podcast!  Please rate and review and most importantly subscribe if you haven’t already done so. 

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Email: podcast@learnandexperience.com

Learn and Experience are The Life Skill Adventure Experts…”creating experiences to bring together young people from different backgrounds and cultures to grow with a sense of adventure, curiosity and empathy.”

2022 Programme Launched

8 January 2022

It is with great please that we are able to launch our much anticipated 2022 programme.

Programmes Available in UK & Canada

2022 Dates & Prices

World Camps Discover the perfect adventure at our inspiring & nurturing camps (8-14)
Open Minds Be challenged creatively and consider new perspectives. (13-16)
Teen Travel Learn the art of travel and prepare for future journeys. (13-17)

Why is travel good for teenagers?

2 December 2021

Our teen travel expert, Julie explains 5 different factors why travel is so good for teens and how L&E Teen Travel trips give young people the life skills for future journeys…

Experiencing other cultures

In this day in age it is vastly important for young adults to be in touch with a global world and they can do this by discovering other cultures and customs.  Learning about other cultures helps foster understanding and helps us recognise and respect that there is more than one way of ‘being’.  Travel is the best way to experience a different perspective and to also recognise how much we all have in common.

Understanding how to budget money…

By giving teenagers financial responsibility they will learn the true cost of things and not be so frivolous with their spending.  They may make some mistakes, but it is better to learn the hard way when the amounts are small and the repercussions are light.  By creating things like spreadsheets the teens will be able to track incomings and outgoings which will help them manage their spending to make sure they have enough money for the whole trip!

 
Teen Travellers

The ability to communicate effectively in a group…

The art of verbal communication is such a vital skill, from asking for directions to job interviews. Teenagers will need to learn to speak for themselves and have the confidence to do so.  When thrust into a group of strangers it is sometimes difficult to get your point across, but when there is a common goal that is fun, teenagers are more inclined to try and exercise their creative muscles.

The importance of good time management…

Learning how to manage your time effectively whilst still being a teenager will set you up for adult life where being late or delaying deadlines are not acceptable. Whilst travelling, time management is key as turning up to a large train station with 5 minutes to spare will not give you enough time to find your platform, go to the toilet and get much needed snacks for the journey!  This skill is also a sure way to keep stress levels down.

Understand the process of building an itinerary…

This is one of the most difficult tasks as it will require all the other skills we have mentioned.  Not only will the teenager have to communicate effectively they will also have to have a good grasp of the financial aspects of the trip and most importantly how to best schedule everything.  This is no easy task!  Even in small groups there will be differences in opinion about where to go, how to get there and how much it should cost.  The teens who are able to learn how to compromise, problem solve and manage conflict will have more success in planning a trip.

Teen Travel; UK Tour

Want to know more?

We can offer advice to you and your teen.  So please get in touch with us if you have any questions about Teen Travel.  You can schedule a call with one of our experts who can talk you through the trip or email teentravel@learnandexperience.com with any questions you may have.

Teen Travel really is an adventure of a lifetime – take the first step, get in touch!  

Ep 14: Jasmine: Youngest female to row the Atlantic

1 November 2021

This month’s episode Sam, Mike and Julie visit 🇦🇺Australia, 🇿🇦South Africa, 🏔Antartica, 🇯🇵Japan, 🇸🇦Saudi Arabia and 🇺🇸USA  in Around the World in 6 Stories.🌍

We look at what makes a good book📚 in the Big Discussion and we learn more about 🇲🇽Mexico in the Fact or Fiction Adventure. 

Our Youth Spotlight is on a 21 year old who rowed across the Atlantic and Julie learns the how to play the ukulele🎸

In Language Corner we reveal our favourite books📚

AROUND THE WORLD IN 6 STORIES:

  • 🇦🇺Australia – Brisbane wants 2030 Olympic Games
  • 🇿🇦South Africa – Technology used against poaching
  • 🏔Antartica – Huge iceberg breaks loose
  • 🇯🇵Japan – Cute and Clever Robots give comfort to lonely people
  • 🇸🇦Saudi Arabia – New futuristic city designed with no cars and roads
  • 🇺🇸USA – Band allows fans in bubbles to concerts

THE BIG DISCUSSION:

  • What makes a good book?📚

FACT or FICTION:

  • 🇲🇽Mexico

YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

21 year old who rowed across the Atlantic

LIFE-SKILLS

  • Ukulele

LANGUAGE CORNER

  • We reveal our favourite books📚

What is the L&E Podcast?

The Learn and Experience Podcast explores and makes sense of the world we live in through Adventure, Life-Skills and Language.

It’s a perfect listen for kids, teens and families.

Join Sam, Mike and Julie monthly with a fast paced, informative and fun show with an emphasis on learning and experiencing.

We’d love to know what you think about our podcast!  Please rate and review and most importantly subscribe if you haven’t already done so. 

www.learnandexperience.com/the-podcast-episode-14

Instagram: @learnandexperience247

Popjam: @learnandexperience

Email: podcast@learnandexperience.com

Learn and Experience have been bringing the world’s youth together since 2009 through adventure, life skills and language.

Ep 13: Libby (9): The Secret Kids Language

4 October 2021

This month’s episode Sam, Mike and Julie visit 🇳🇬Nigeria 🇬🇭Ghana, 🚀Mars, 🇺🇸USA,  🇨🇳China and 🇯🇵Japan  in Around the World in 6 Stories.🌍

We look at the impact of Covid in the Big Discussion and we learn more about China in the Fact or Fiction Adventure. 

Our Youth Spotlight is on a young Canadian inventor and Julie learns the art of origami.

In Language Corner, 9 year old Libby teaches Sam the Secret Kids Language of Pig Latin.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 6 STORIES:

  • 🇳🇬Nigeria: First Woman and African to be named Head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • 🇬🇭Ghana: First country to receive vaccines through the United Nations sharing initiative.
  • 🚀Mars: Perseverance Rover lands on Mars
  • 🇺🇸USA: Waterfall in Yosemite National Park glows orange
  • 🇨🇳China: Taking an afternoon nap keeps us mentally agile.
  • 🇯🇵Japan: The creators of Pokemon Go have banned cheating players!

THE BIG DISCUSSION:

  • The impact of Covid-19

FACT or FICTION:

  • 🇨🇳China

YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

Canadian, Ann Makosinski was 15 when she invented a type of flashlight!

LIFE-SKILLS

  • The Art of Origami 

LANGUAGE CORNER

  • 9 year old Libby teaches Sam the Secret Kids Language of Pig Latin.

What is the L&E Podcast?

The Learn and Experience Podcast explores and makes sense of the world we live in through Adventure, Life-Skills and Language.

It’s a perfect listen for kids, teens and families.

Join Sam, Mike and Julie monthly with a fast paced, informative and fun show with an emphasis on learning and experiencing.

We’d love to know what you think about our podcast!  Please rate and review and most importantly subscribe if you haven’t already done so. 

www.learnandexperience.com/the-podcast-episode-13  

Instagram: @learnandexperience247

Popjam: @learnandexperience

Email: podcast@learnandexperience.com

Learn and Experience have been bringing the world’s youth together since 2009 through adventure, life skills and language.

Ep 12: Emma (14): App to help Alzheimer sufferers

1 September 2021

Episode 12, Sam, Mike and Julie visit 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Scotland , 🇳🇿New Zealand, 🇲🇬Madagascar, 🇨🇦Canada & 🇺🇸USA in Around the World in 6 Stories.🌍

We look at our favourite national dishes in the Big Discussion and we learn more about 🇲🇬Madagascar in the Fact or Fiction Adventure. 

Our Youth Spotlight is on creator of an App that helps sufferers of Alzheimers, 14 year old Emma Yang , and Julie learns how a vaccine works.💉

In Language Corner, Mike looks at which languages use the same word for Hello and Goodbye.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 6 STORIES:

  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Scotland: Great Yellow Bumblebee spotted
  • 🇳🇿New Zealand: Lady arrested for smuggling Cactus
  • 🇲🇬Madagascar: Smallest reptile discovered
  • 🌍Worldwide: New Emoji update 
  • 🇨🇦Canada: 6 year old Boy set up Joke Stand
  • 🇺🇸USA: Spinach that can detect bombs and send emails.

THE BIG DISCUSSION:

  • Favourite National Dishes

FACT or FICTION:

  • 🇲🇬Madagascar

YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

  • Emma Yang, 16: Creator of an App that helps sufferers of Alzheimers 

LIFE-SKILLS

  • 💉How does a vaccine work?

LANGUAGE CORNER

  • Which languages use the same word for Hello and Goodbye?

What is the L&E Podcast?

The Learn and Experience Podcast explores and makes sense of the world we live in through Adventure, Life-Skills and Language.

It’s a perfect listen for kids, teens and families.  Also, a great resource for ESL/EFL learners and educators.

Join Sam, Mike and Julie monthly with a fast paced, informative and fun show with an emphasis on learning and experiencing.

We’d love to know what you think about our podcast!  Please rate and review and most importantly subscribe if you haven’t already done so. 

Instagram: @learnandexperience247

Popjam: @learnandexperience

Email: podcast@learnandexperience.com

Learn and Experience have been bringing the world’s youth together since 2009 through adventure, life skills and language.

Ep 11: Marcus (23): Campaign against Child Poverty

1 August 2021

This episode Sam, Mike and Julie visit 🇩🇪Germany , 🇨🇳China, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Wales, 🇱🇻Latvia, 🇺🇸USA &  🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿England in Around the World in 6 Stories.🌍

We look at what personality traits we value in our friends in the Big Discussion and we learn more about 🇩🇪Germany in the Fact or Fiction Adventure. 

Our Youth Spotlight is on professional footballer and campaigner against Child Poverty, ⚽️Marcus Rashford and Julie learns how to organise your life the Konmari way.🧳

In Language Corner, Mike looks at bilingualism 🗣 across the world🌍

AROUND THE WORLD IN 6 STORIES:

  • 🇩🇪Germany: Initiative to give Storm names more diversity
  • 🇨🇳China: the Year of the Ox
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Wales: 220 million old dinosaur footprint discovered by 4 year old
  • 🇱🇻Latvia: Away – an animated film made by just one person
  • 🇺🇸USA: waster plastic used to repave roads
  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿England: Protein Folding puzzle solved

THE BIG DISCUSSION:

  • Personality traits we value in our friends

FACT or FICTION:

  • 🇩🇪Germany

YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

  • ⚽️Marcus Rashford, professional footballer and campaigner against Child Poverty

LIFE-SKILLS

  • 🧳Organise your life the Konmari way

LANGUAGE CORNER

  • 🗣Bilingualism

What is the L&E Podcast?

The Learn and Experience Podcast explores and makes sense of the world we live in through Adventure, Life-Skills and Language.

It’s a perfect listen for kids, teens and families.  Also, a great resource for ESL/EFL learners and educators.

Join Sam, Mike and Julie weekly (Wednesdays) with a fast paced, informative and fun show with an emphasis on learning and experiencing.

We’d love to know what you think about our podcast!  Please rate and review and most importantly subscribe if you haven’t already done so. 

Instagram: @learnandexperience247

Popjam: @learnandexperience

Email: podcast@learnandexperience.com

Learn and Experience have been bringing the world’s youth together since 2009 through adventure, life skills and language.

Ep 10: Sadat (17): Children’s Peace Prize Winner

1 July 2021

This episode Sam, Mike and Julie visit 🇨🇦Canada , 🇷🇺Russia, 🇮🇩Indonesia, 🇬🇧UK, 🇭🇺Hungary & 🇮🇹 Italy in Around the World in 6 Stories.🌍

We look at How to Learn another Language 🗣in the Big Discussion and we learn more about 🇺🇬Uganda in the Fact or Fiction Adventure. 

Our Youth Spotlight is on 17 year old International Children’s Peace Prize winner🕊 , Sadat Rahman and Julie learns Fire Safety in the Home from a FireFighter🔥as a new Life Skill. 

In Language Corner, Mike looks at a language of  🇧🇼Botswana that uses clicks🌍

AROUND THE WORLD IN 6 STORIES:

  • Canada: Scientist grow human cells in Irish Soda Bread
  • Russia: Coldest City in the World 
  • Indonesia: Oldest cave painting found
  • UK: Why do zebras have stripes?
  • Hungary: Dogs can learn words quickly
  • Italy: Wedding Rings found in Mediterranean and returned to owners

THE BIG DISCUSSION:

  • How to Learn another Language

FACT or FICTION:

  • Uganda

YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

  • Sadat Rahman, the 17 year old International Children’s Peace Prize Winner.

LIFE-SKILLS

  • Fire Safety in the Home

LANGUAGE CORNER

  • The Clicking Language of Botswana

What is the L&E Podcast?

The Learn and Experience Podcast explores and makes sense of the world we live in through Adventure, Life-Skills and Language.

It’s a perfect listen for families and EFL learners wanting engaging and informative content for kids and teens.

Join Sam, Mike and Julie weekly (Wednesdays) with a fast paced, informative and fun show with an emphasis on learning and experiencing.

We’d love to know what you think about our podcast!  Please rate and review and most importantly subscribe if you haven’t already done so. 

Instagram: @learnandexperience247

Popjam: @learnandexperience

Email: podcast@learnandexperience.com

Learn and Experience have been bringing the world’s youth together since 2009 through adventure, life skills and language.

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