10 ideas for overseas trips

Date Posted: 15/11/2014

Children on a school trip abroad.

Planning an international school trip and need some inspiration? In its quest for the best, Hostelling International has come up with ten top school trips abroad, based around its accommodation and educational packages.

1. Outdoor bliss in Switzerland

Interlaken, a town considered by many as the adventure mecca of Switzerland, offers some of the best of thrills and challenges for your students.

Get them outdoors and active in the Seilpark Interlaken, a forest adventure park packed with Tarzan swings and zip-lines.

Alternatively opt for an enchanting tour of the nearby fairytale-esque castles and feel like royalty.

All the above can be booked through the Interlaken Youth Hostel, which is located next to Interlaken-Ost Railway Station and at the foot of the mountain range of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

2. War history in Belgium

Organise your school trip to medieval Bruges in Belgium, known as the Venice of the North for its scenic waterways and quaint bridges dotted around the city.

Create some unforgettable experiences and bring those stories from the textbooks to life through visiting areas of ancient architecture, museums and major World War One battlefield sites.

You can also treat your class by taking them to the Chocolate Museum to taste some of the best chocolate in the world.

After a day of exploring, head back to the Bruges Europa hostel.

3. Thrilling Netherlands

Looking for a school trip with a difference? Then discover the beauty of Netherlands’ dunes. HI’s hostel in Noordwijk offers a variety of educational and activity packages.

Educate your students about black holes, US, Russian and European space programmes, and general space phenomena at the Space Expo museum.

Or visit Keukenhof, known as the Garden of Europe, and see a wonderland of over seven million flowers.

4. Live la dolce vita in Italy

Enjoy a real-life tale of two cities; the charming Bergamo that is divided into Bergamo Alta, a medieval city at the foothills of the Alps where you can find galleries and historic highlights, and Bergamo Bassa, a lower town with vibrant shops and bars.

bridge in Bruges

Schools can pick from one of the experiences organised by the staff at Bergamo hostel.

You can take a full day excursion and follow in the footsteps of the great Pope John XXIII or go for a mystery tour of the underground cities.

5. Breathe in the Austrian alpine air

For breath-taking scenery, take your class to Austria, the land of music. HI’s hostel in Bad Ischl has multiple programmes on offer.

From a magical underworld exploration of Dachstein and typical Austrian farm discovery to a visit of Hohensalzburg fortress in nearby Salzburg; you’ll have plenty to choose from to make their learning a personal and memorable experience.

Want to make your trip even more fun? Pick from one of the activities organised by the hostel and teach your students new survival skills and high rope courses or improve their teamwork and creativity through a ‘building a float’ exercise.

6. Buzzing culture of England’s capital

Take an educational cruise of the Thames, explore Ripley’s Believe it or Not interactive exhibits, catch the West End dramas, discover an underwater life in the Sea Life London Aquarium, or educate your students about Shakespeare’s plays by taking a visit to the Shakespeare’s Globe.

Stay at YHA London Thameside and enjoy discounted ticket prices that can be pre-booked or sold directly at the reception.

7. German’s history and architecture in 3D

Explore Cologne by foot, climb the towers of the Cathedral, and learn lots about history along the way.

Plan your educational school trip with ease and pick from multiple itineraries on offer at our modern and well-equipped Deutz City Hostel, ideally located right in the thick of things.

Walk along the ancient city walls, visit the German Sports and Olympia Museum and take a cable car ride across the river Rhine to ignite a spark of excitement and thirst for knowledge in your students.

Children on a school trip overseas.

8. Discover a slice of the French heritage

Uncover Strasbourg’s unique atmosphere on your next school trip by visiting the European Parliament for education in politics and other sights within the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take a guided boat ride, climb up the hill to see the magnificent Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, and teach them about the hard-hitting history of Natzweiler-Struthof, a German concentration camp.

9. Absorb the artwork in Spain

Discover all the sights and sounds that Barcelona offers by visiting Gaudi’s radical designs, the Sagrada Familia and the impressive and architecturally fascinating Park Güell.

From the narrow cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter to the famous promenade of Las Ramblas, this cutting edge and cosmopolitan city will introduce your students to local culture, its customs and delicious food.

From the Mare de Deu Montserrat Hostel, located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can also take a guided tour to discover the beautiful landscape of Catalonia by climbing the Montserrat Mountain to see the ancient monastery and enchanting views of the Pyrenees.

10. Go political in the USA

Home to the US president, the seat of power at the White House, and many grand government buildings, the capital city of the United States, Washington D.C. is where your students will be able to soak up the political history of the nation. The HI – Washington DC hostel should prove a useful base.

Take the guided tour around the US Capitol Building, hear the stories about the country’s struggles and democratic movements and afterwards, gather at the National Mall, a central spot for endless sightseeing opportunities.

For more information visit www.hihostels.com.

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