Piling up points and passport stamps: From Charleston to Amsterdam (and beyond)
As he led more student tours, Jason became more familiar with the program—and more sure that it is, in fact, the best loyalty program for travel. And while he loved redeeming his points for personal flights, he quickly realized his rewards could take him even further on EF-exclusive international getaways.
After all, when Jason travels the world with his students, he challenges them to step outside of their bubble, take in what’s around them, and return home with new perspectives. So Jason took his own advice and expanded his bubble even more, using his points to book a spot for him and his wife on one of EF’s trips meant just for Group Leaders and their guests. Not only did they go on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Amsterdam that they otherwise may have never taken, but they also spent it with other educators who share an appreciation for travel and experiential learning.
On this just-for-fun tour, Jason got to walk in the footsteps of a student traveler. EF planned everything for his and his wife’s travel group, from the flights to the hotel to the itinerary. (Don’t worry, the team built in plenty of free time for them to explore Amsterdam on their own, too.) Traveling on an EF tour without students for the first time allowed Jason to really absorb the life, culture, food, and history that surrounded him in a new and more personal way. “Since I’ve been traveling with EF so much, I almost forgot what it felt like to be a part of the group and not necessarily have any responsibilities.” As Jason donned headphones and settled into a self-guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum, he quickly escaped into the artist’s world and mind. With each floor came new and inspiring art, influences, and life stories, and he began to see the world through Van Gogh’s eyes. When he returned home, he had a new appreciation for the small but future-shaping moments that his students experience on an EF tour.