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First-Time Traveler Scholarship

Travel opens your eyes to the unique cultures and beauty of the world, and we believe everyone should experience it. Which is why we’ve started the First-Time Traveler Scholarship to help make your dream of traveling abroad for the first time a reality.

The 2021 application window has closed. Thanks to everyone who applied!

You’re eligible if you are...

  • a first-time international traveler*
  • 18–29 years old
  • curious about the world and eager to share your experience with your home communities

*A First-Time Traveler is someone with limited to no experience traveling abroad. We know that not everyone gets the chance to travel, whether due to financial constraints, commitments in your daily life, or any other reasons. So, if you’ve got big travel dreams, but don’t have the resources to make it happen, we want to help.

How to apply

Fill out the application form with some basic info.

Record a video (no longer than two minutes) or write an essay (max 500 words) explaining why you deserve this scholarship, where you'd go, and what it would mean to you to take a trip abroad.

Self-high five! Then wait until we announce the winner.

The 2021 application window has closed. Thanks to everyone who applied!

What we’re all about

65+ trips for every travel style.

Whether you want to island-hop through Greece, zipline above Costa Rican jungles, or see virtually every corner of Europe in 35 days, we have the perfect trip for you.

All travel, no hassle.

Seeing the world should be fun, not stressful. Which is why we plan everything and include things like flights, daily breakfast, and local guides. All you have to do is travel.

This is group travel.

You might sign up solo (or with a few friends), but you’ll travel with a whoooole bunch of people you just met, and—cue dramatic music—make friends that will last a lifetime.

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