Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

I first went to Europe in my early 20s. It’s hard to imagine now, but we had no hotel reservations. Just a Fodor’s Guide - By Owen McDonald

I first went to Europe in my early 20s. Aside from drive vacations in Canada as a kid I had never been outside of the USA. My girlfriend had seen an IcelandAir ticket sale, flying from New York JFK through Keflavík into Luxembourg for $129. It’s hard to imagine now, but we had no hotel reservations. Just a Fodor’s Travel Guide purchased at the airport and two Eurail Passes. The first day in Luxembourg was a blur – hello transatlantic jetlag – and on the second day with we found ourselves riding European rail to Brussels, Belgium. Walking from the B&B at night through winding streets and alleys older than anything I’d known, we encountered shadowy figures speaking a half dozen languages. It felt like a scene from Casablanca. Stepping out into the Grande Place a rush of strangeness and excitement washed over us. Throngs of travelers packed the ancient square, hundreds of nationalities together, surrounded by exquisite 300-year-old guildhalls. As we tried to order something from a harried server who spoke little English, a young Brit sitting alone at the next table helpfully translated our order. We asked him to join us. This was the beginning of a great friendship that lasted many years involving numerous trips together. The simple camaraderie of fellow travelers can open up new worlds, forging bonds of friendship across oceans and continents. I haven’t stopped traveling since.

– Owen McDonald, Trip of a Lifetime Communications Director

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    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."



    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."


    Alphonso

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    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”
    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”

    Selina

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    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    Jennifer

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