The ultimate list of high school trip ideas

Are you in need of school trip inspiration? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite educational trip experiences around the world to give you an idea of what’s on offer.

Whether you’re looking to inspire business studies students, get kids excited about the future of science, or perhaps wanting to organise a fun, ski trip abroad, there’s an experience on this list that will cater to almost every curriculum subject. Here are some of our top experiences to help inspire your next school tour.

Ideas for a school trip to China

You can't go past China if you're wanting to plan the ultimate school trip. Not only is China an ideal destination for a business studies trip, but the myriad of art, culture and history activities on offer are second to none. Here are some experiences we recommend.

Beijing Hutong Tour

One of the best ways to explore the city of Beijing is on a hutong tour. There are more than 7000 Hutongs in Beijing; most of them are surprisingly well ordered to comply with ancient Chinese Feng-shui customs. A rickshaw tour around Beijing’s old hutongs is a beautiful way to experience how the city has evolved and experience Beijing's traditional culture. Enjoy a bespoke hutong tour by adding experiences such as a family visit, diabolo music lesson or a Chinese cooking lesson.

Toboggan down the Great Wall of China

How many school students can say they tobogganed down the Great Wall of China? On a trip to the Great Wall of China, you learn about ancient Chinese history and the dynasties, kingdoms and emperors each section represents. A truly memorable experience for any school trip.

Visit the Volkswagen factory in Shanghai

The Volkswagen factory in Shanghai is one of the most prominent modern automotive production bases in China, Shanghai Volkswagen has five production areas, a technology development centre and produces both Volkswagen and Skoda marques. The tour of the Shanghai Volkswagen factory lasts around 90 mins and is perfect for business studies students. It will give students useful insight into joint ventures, the Chinese economy, and mass production of the automobile.  

Visit the Shanghai Tower

Climb the highest building in China and view the city from the world’s tallest observation floor.

The Shanghai Tower comprises of 128 floors and stands 632m high. Located in the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower is the third tallest building in the world and has the world's highest observation deck. From here, you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the Huangpu River, the Bund on the west, and several other skyscrapers like the Jin Mao Tower and the World Financial Center on the east bank.

Ideas for a school ski trip to Japan

Not only does Japan offer some of the world's best skiing, but it also has a range of cultural activities on offer that make it a perfect destination for a school ski trip. Not to mention, Japan is a safe place to travel with students.

Ski lessons

Visit some of Japan’s top ski areas and enjoy its famous powder snow. Not only will students have a blast, but ski lessons are an excellent way to improve students confidence and help them develop a new skill and passion they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

Visit the snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park

The Japanese macaque, also known as the snow monkey, is an Old World monkey species that is native to Japan. They get their name "snow monkey" because they live in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year – no other nonhuman primate is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate. At Jigokudani, you'll see wild monkeys bathing in the onsen and roaming in the trees. There are no fences or barriers - a feature that sets it apart from many of Japan’s other animal experiences.

Authentic Japanese sushi making class

Give students an experience they can take home and enjoy a sushi making class in Japan. Not only will you learn the techniques to make delicious and authentic Japanese sushi, but you'll also learn the history of sushi. Interactive Japanese cooking classes are memorable and definitely one of the best souvenirs you can take home from Japan.

Ideas for a school trip to the USA

The USA continues to be one of the best school trip destinations in the world. Here are some activities on offer.

STEM camp at the Kennedy Space Camp

Our 3-5 day Space Camp programs enable your students to become fully immersed in Kennedy Space Center life. You'll also have the opportunity to delve into other activities, such as rocket building, robotic engineering or real-life astronaut training.

Smithsonian Museums in Washington

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex with 19 museums, art galleries and a National Zoo in total. Head to the National History Museum and delve into the fascinating story of our planet, from its fiery beginnings through billions of years of transformation. The museum is more significant than 18 football fields and is home to the most extensive natural history collection in the world.

Microsoft's Visitor Centre

Visit Microsoft's new visitors' centre in Seattle to learn more about the future of Artificial Intelligence. Experience the past, present, and future of Microsoft. Take a guided tour and learn more about our company including our journey from garage startup to a global leader in the tech space. Get hands-on with the latest Xbox games, and bring your imagination to life in our Minecraft display.

NASA Mars planned launch 2020

Plan the STEM trip of a lifetime to NASA to witness the Mars 2020 rover mission launch. This is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program and is timed to launch in July/August of 2020. The Mars 2020 mission purpose will be to find out if life on Mars will be possible for humans. This will include testing methods for producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, identifying habitable resources (such as subsurface water stores), and other potential environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars.

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