Why Travel With Us
Since National Geographic’s earliest days, our explorers have gone to great lengths to discover the unknown, immerse themselves in extraordinary places, encounter new cultures, and investigate nature firsthand. The same philosophy applies to our trips. We strive to create authentic and meaningful travel experiences that bring you to wonders both hidden and celebrated around the globe. Our founders sought to understand “the world and all that’s in it.” Our trips aim to do just that: to inspire a thirst for discovery and a passion for the wonders of our planet.
With our innovative itineraries, our top-notch experts, and a thriving network of resources all over the world, we have the privilege of offering you exceptional travel experiences. What is the National Geographic difference? Just take a look:
Travel Like an Explorer
There’s a certain spirit that has driven National Geographic adventurers to all corners of the Earth. You feel it when you travel with us. You’ll be out in the field with true explorers, fueled by curiosity and a desire to understand our planet. As you venture to distant places and get acquainted with unfamiliar cultures, you’ll learn how to communicate, observe, and problem-solve in new ways—while having the time of your life. You’ll get closer than you ever imagined to incredible wildlife, and start to feel at home among local people and their traditions. Much more than a tourist, you become a thoughtful explorer who is passionate about our world.
Explore Your Passion
Throughout your trip, you’ll delve deeper into your surroundings by exploring through the lens of one or more topics—photography, conservation, marine biology, community service, creative writing, filmmaking, archaeology, and more. As you explore, you’ll create a tangible project that you can take back home, such as a photography portfolio, a short film, or a study on local wildlife.
Spend Time With Our Experts
You’ve read their stories, seen their photographs, followed their adventures. But there’s nothing quite like exploring alongside them and learning about their experiences and perspectives firsthand. Our experts, who join our expeditions and workshops, are photographers, writers, scientists, and explorers with fascinating careers that are helping to make the world a better place.
Build Lasting Relationships
Strong friendships form fast when you’re on the road, and one of the highlights of your trip is sure to be your traveling companions. You’ll embark on adventures with students from across the country—and the world—who are also passionate about exploring; and you’ll find mentors and role models in your trip leaders, who are emerging scientists, journalists, and explorers.
Stay In Authentic Accommodations
From bungalows deep in the jungle to a family-run guesthouse in a traditional village, our accommodations themselves are part of the adventure. The places we stay are comfortable, safe, and well located, and give you a true feel for the local culture and environment.
National Geographic is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit—its environment, culture, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. In providing authentic travel experiences for students, we strive to protect the sites we visit, support local economies in our choice of accommodations and services, and increase students’ understanding and appreciation of other peoples and customs through meaningful friendships and cultural exchange. National Geographic strives to minimize environmental impact and invests in offset projects for the carbon emissions associated with activities and travel once you’re at your destination.
Hone Your Storytelling Skills
Crafting stories is our trade at National Geographic, and traveling with our experts and trip leaders, you’ll learn how to turn your experience into a story—whether it’s through photographs, writing, film, or all three.
We’ve Been Exploring The World For 129 Years
Traveling with National Geographic, a name that’s trusted and respected all over the world, opens doors wherever you go, whether you’re teaching English to monks in Nepal or getting face-to-face with a lemur in Madagascar. To make these unique trips possible, we have partnered with Putney Student Travel, a highly esteemed student travel organization that has offered quality student expeditions for more than 65 years.
There’s Something For Everyone
Whether you’re a seventh grader or a high school senior, an aspiring marine biologist or a budding filmmaker, there’s a trip for you. Find a trip that inspires you!