Published on March 15th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Travel – The Most Valuable Gift You Can Give a New Grad.

Graduation season is fast approaching and in just a few months, a new cohort of young people will be leaving school and preparing to launch into the next phase of their lives and careers. Parents and grandparents across the country are planning ways to reward their grads for their achievement and celebrate this milestone.

While briefcases, fountain pens or watches might be among the classic graduation presents, why not consider giving your graduate the gift that truly can last a lifetime. That is the gift of travel.

The Timing Is Right.

Young people leaving school will likely never has much time or as few responsibilities as they do at this moment. Plus, even though they have earned a diploma, there is still so much to learn – that isn’t taught in school.

Before embracing that next life step – entering a career path or heading back to school for another credential – gaining the perspective that comes from seeing how different people live and what other options are available can be invaluable for young people still deciding what to do next.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. famously said that, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

Nothing teaches a person how to be self-sufficient more than making their way through new landscapes and cultures. These are the experiences that stretch the mind to new proportions.

Travelling puts some distance between us and our immediate safety-net of friends and relatives. This teaches us valuable life skills that will be useful throughout our lives and careers.

  • You learn to be independent and solve problems as you have to navigate unfamiliar territory
  • You learn to budget and handle money as you have to make your finances last for the length of the trip – sometimes across currencies and cultures
  • You learn to interact better with strangers as you negotiate accommodations and excursions and make new friends and connections with locals and fellow travellers
  • You develop a keen sense of the importance of schedules and being on time as you catch planes and trains

In this way, travel itself can be a career credential. In an increasingly inter-connected and multi-cultural world, having travelled and experienced other cultures looks good on a resume. Other valuable skills that are sought after by employers across sectors include: interpersonal and communications skills, problem solving, budgeting and time-management.

Experiences Are Everything.

Travel is not only the gift that can help set up a graduate for greater success, but it is also what they probably want the most. A recent study conducted by Contiki revealed that 71% of young adults believe that “experiences are the most important thing in life.” This generation tends to be more passionate about seizing the day and creating memories at this point in their lives than they are in collecting material possessions. They want to live their young lives with no regrets.

One of the great things about the gift of travel is that it can be tailored specifically to the needs and interests of each individual. From solo excursions to culinary or cultural travel, from the world’s historic spots to extreme adventures – there are trips and tours for every taste. Whether it’s the history and tradition of Europe, the colour and culture of Asia or the flavour and heat of Latin America, the world is calling.

Going abroad can expand your horizons and give you a new perspective. This is especially vital for young people just starting out. How can you find your place in the world until you have seen all that it has to offer?

Travel is one of the most unique and valuable things you can give. Every trip is different, because every individual will create their own experience. Those experiences will give them a broader pool of knowledge and greater confidence to draw from for everything else that comes after.

Our Partner in Travel – Contiki.

As the original travel company for the young, wild and free, Contiki has perfected the art of travel for 18-35 year old’s.

They offer 300 trips spanning six continents, offering eight ways to travel, five ways to stay and endless free time and options.

So give your graduate the gift of a real-world education, before they enter the real world.

Right Now Take Advantage of This Offer:

  • CAA Member-Exclusive Benefit: $50 optional excursion voucher to be used while on tour for any METime optional activities2.

Let CAA help you plan and organize a travel experience for the new graduate in your life.

Give us a call at: 1-855- 643-4823 or visit your local CAA Store to bring the gift of travel to life.

+ Terms and Conditions.

1Pay early savings of $670 is based on the European Explorer + Greek Island Cruise option and is subject to availability & may be withdrawn without notice.
Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, transfers, extra accommodation, airfare & optional activities). Pricing is in Canada dollars. You can combine brochure discounts on trips 7 days or longer. Pay Early savings does not apply to bookings made within 45 days of the trip departure and are not combinable with last minute deals. Discount applicable to May departures onward. Deposit is due within 3 days of booking. Not combinable with last minute deals or other national promos. Trip space is subject to availability. New bookings only.

2Valid on trips of 7+ days. Excludes 3rd party operated programs: Egypt, Turkish & Croatian Sailing and Thai Island Hopper. 

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