Summer School Courses

Adventure Travel

TUTORS: James Riley

Learn how to travel like a seasoned pro!

Travel can open more doors to learning about the world and about yourself than anything else in life. Knowing what to do, where to go and how to do this safely can be a challenge for young adults. This course is designed to empower students to feel comfortable about planning their own independent travel as they become young adults. It would be useful for those thinking about Gap Years, planning to travel in their A-Level summers or those planning to travel in their university summers and beyond!

This course will help aspiring ambitious travellers with the following:

  • Planning the logistics for exciting and meaningful travel itineraries, particularly in the quiet corners of the globe
  • Putting together (and sticking to!) a sensible budget
  • Exploring opportunities for travelling slowly: going beyond package holidays and learning to get 'under the skin' of countries and their cultures
  • Designing and budgeting for destination-specific kit lists
  • Minimising the carbon footprint of travel
  • Documenting travel experiences: photography, journals and travel writing
  • Disaster planning and risk assessing; preparing for the worst, so that you head into locations safely with your eyes open.

Course schedule

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Adventure Travel
Age 15-19
WK1 : 8 - 12 Jul 2024 PM
PM course

Course Notes

We will provide everything you need for this course but you will probably find a notebook and pen will be handy. You will gain a lot of tips from our course tutor who is extremely well travelled and has experienced many of the "highs" as well as challenges of travel in places from near-by to far-afield.

Your Tutor

James Riley

James Riley has a Masters degree in geography from the University of Bristol, where his dissertation investigated the impact of aerial photography. He has a Masters in Geography Education from the Institute of Education and has been Head of Geography at The Perse since 2014. James has run photography classes in previous schools where he has taught as well as summer school courses.

James has spent over five years of his life travelling slowly with a backpack and has visited over sixty of the world's two hundred countries. In 2022-23 he took a sabbatical year abroad travelling round the world (Instagram: @travellinggeographer). His most memorable travel days include sea kayaking in the Haida Gwaii (Canada); self-led Andean volcano ascents; attending mask festivals in Papua New Guinea and visiting remote tribes in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. He has travelled alone, with partners and in groups. He co-ran a charity who delivered aid to Bolivian schools whilst at The University of Bristol, has led multiple World Challenge expeditions and has been travel writing for a number of years. He has led over a hundred school trips. He regularly leaves the UK with nothing more than a return flight booked and a rucksack.

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