Everyone remembers their first trip abroad, particularly if accompanied by a group of like minded peers to a beautiful location, renowned for its history, culture, scenery and hospitality. When that trip is expertly organised and based around a common interest, it will forever live in the memory.
School trips are the stuff of legends: the opportunity to go away with friends, away from mum and dad, possibly for the first time, is a prospect very attractive to most teenagers. But like every other good thing, they don’t happen on their own and the best school trips supply a unique experience based on years of expertise, attention to detail and committed staff at all levels.
Trips based on interest:
A holiday, particularly to somewhere abroad, along with your mates, can’t get much better, unless, of course, you will also be participating in an activity you love (and in which you possess no little skill) when you get there. Hence the popularity of football, hockey, tennis and other sports related trips, where young people can pit their skills against their peers from other countries and make lifelong friendships at the same time. These are often based in attractive resorts, provide opportunities to visit and play at iconic stadiums and can take full advantage of more favourable climes.
Non sporting interests:
But interest trips don’t have to be about sport. Some of the most popular educational tours for teenagers are school music tours. Here again, young people have the chance to meet others from the host and other countries, as well as have the unique opportunity to perform in some of the world’s most famous musical arenas. When the tour is based in one of the most scenically beautiful parts of the world, the experience certainly ticks all the boxes.
Take Austria, for example, a small but breathtakingly attractive country nestling in idyllic Alpine scenery. Any visit to Austria has to include the opportunity to ski, or hike, or tour in the mountains. Whatever the time of year, their beauty is breathtaking and provide unmatched opportunities for exploring the outdoors. In addition, the country is rich in history and its people are renowned for their hospitality to visitors.
For budding musicians, the chance to visit the birthplace of, arguably, the greatest composer of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is too good an opportunity to miss. Add to that the chance to perform at the world-famous Mirabell Gardens and you have all the ingredients for the trip of a lifetime.
Although Mozart is Salzburg’s most famous son, it and other Austrian cities have also been home to other leading composers, such as Haydn, Beethoven and Strauss, as well as having provided the setting for the Sound of Music in more recent times.
School music tours, though, are not just about music and its heritage, however important. Downtime is equally exciting, with visits via cable car to mountain summits contrasting with tours to underground lakes and salt mines. And no visitor ever leaves Austria without sampling its famous cafes and coffee houses with their trademark sumptuous chocolate cakes.
Jeremy Bennett has worked in the travel industry for many years. Initially he hosted chalets in ski resorts in austria, before pioneering school music tours.