It seems simple, right? Live your life – if you need money, go earn money. If you want to travel, go travel.
But in reality, it’s often a lot more complex – we want money AND travel. We want freedom AND predictability.
If you aren’t sure (or want a little bit of both), here’s a summer suggestion that fills the “useful + fun + travel” urge.
What is Outward Bound?
Outward bound is a nonprofit group that takes adults (and youth) on outdoor expeditions.
What they try to do is encourage and stimulate self-growth by using adventure, challenges, and difficulties that help build self-esteem and character.
Outward Bound offers courses in a number of different areas:
- Wilderness expeditions - Participants are brought into the back country for several weeks with challenging activities include backpacking, canyoneering, canoeing, dog sledding, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sailing, sea kayaking, skiing and snowboarding.
- Gap year courses - Ranging from 30 to 85 days, the gap year courses take participants either locally (within the US) or internationally (like Ecuador, Patagonia, and others), teaching real-world skills in the field that you won’t find in a traditional classroom environment.
- Programs for struggling teens and adults - Outward Bound also has programs for at-risk youth to help teach them the personal responsibility, leadership, and confidence to navigate life. These programs typically are designed for teens with strongly negative childhood experience to help give them the skills and mindsets to live a functional life in the future.
Each year, over 70,000 people participate in Outward Bound programs and courses, including many programs that offer scholarships.
- Gap and semester programs - Outward bound also has semester and summer programs, ranging from exploring the canyon lands of Utah, international sailing expeditions in Ecuador, the Appalachian mountains, and many others. Some of these programs can count towards credits at local universities including Indiana University, Western State Colorado University, Northland College and others.
- Adventures Working for Outward Bound - Ranging from 30 to 85 days, from dog sledding to mountaineering or swimming with dolphins, the Outward Bound courses are more of an “off the beaten track” way to be employed for a summer (or a while). You’ll learn real-world decision-making and leadership skills that can serve you for the rest of your life
What do you think?
So if you’re looking for something to do this summer, but aren’t sure whether to work, or travel, or relax - consider Outward Bound trips – which may be a combination of all three.