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Educational Travel Myths Debunked

We want to make sure you know the ins-and-outs of educational travel. Here are some educational travel myths—and the EF Educational Tours truths.

Myth 1: I have to plan a tour and travel within the same year.

While some teachers plan a tour and travel within the same year, others plan their tour 2-3 years before their group’s departure. This gives teachers extra time to choose their destination and recruit travelers, and allows students more time to pay for tour. Travel Myth: Debunked!

Myth 2: Traveling on an educational tour is expensive.

We’re dedicated to making travel accessible to as many students as possible. That’s why we always offer the guaranteed lowest prices—and you (the teacher) travel for free. Travel Myth: Debunked!


Myth 3: What’s so educational about travel? It’s just sightseeing.

Imagine your students experiencing the dueling of Saint Mark’s Square in Venice or an age-old tea ceremony in Beijing or a Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. We believe in the power of experiential learning—travel is how we bring it to life. Travel Myth: Debunked!

Myth 4: Going on an educational tour isn’t part of my curriculum.

When you lead a tour with us, your students receive immersive cultural experiences that help grow skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. Not only will educational travel bring your curriculum to life, it will transform the way your students look at the world—and themselves. Travel Myth: Debunked!


Myth 5: Educational tours only travel to international destinations.

While our collection of international tours gives you and your students the chance to experience destinations all over the globe, you also have the the option to travel closer to home. We offer historic and cultural destinations across North America—including Washington, D.C., New York City, Puerto Rico, and more. Travel Myth: Debunked!

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EF Staff

We’re a crew of lifelong learners and curious explorers who are passionate about seeing the world, both at home and abroad. Our staff includes everyone from Tour Consultants and product managers to copywriters, photographers, and Traveler Support Specialists. More than anything, though, we’re a group of EF-ers united by our belief in the awe-inspiring, perspective-shifting, life-changing impact of educational travel.

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