If travel is a global classroom, curious kids and young adults are anxious to learn. These four ER Members share how travel has informed, connected and expanded their worldviews.

MICHELE KAUFMAN

AGE: 26

REMEMBER WHEN...
During our recent trip to Mexico, my boyfriend came along. We love to cook at home in Brooklyn, and we're into sourcing locally. One afternoon there was a fisherman who pulled up in his boat with fish, shrimp, and lobster. We got to go right up and pick what we wanted. We cooked a lovely feast in our large kitchen. It was probably the best family meal we ate that year.

TRAVEL AS TEACHER
A unique moment was snorkeling the Cenotes in Riviera Maya. I didn't know that the Cenotes existed. Experiencing the incredible underground caves, fish, and wildlife was really cool.

FAMILY MATTERS
My brothers and I don't often get to spend five to 10 days at a time together doing really unique things. When we are on vacation we swim, go out to eat, play board games, and watch movies. It's the little things that are most memorable.

BIGGEST TRAVEL TAKEAWAYS?
Exclusive Resorts gives you a greater appreciation for the beautiful world that's out there and the things we don't get to experience every day.

ALEX CHANG

AGE: 16

REMEMBER WHEN...
The first time I went to Costa Rica with my family was in the sixth grade. There was a ping-pong table in the Clubhouse. I challenged a few older teenagers to a game and beat them. Word got around that a scrawny 11-year-old was beating everyone, so the resort manager and head chef came out. I played both of them and won. Afterward, I said to my parents, "Mom, Dad, we're going back." I've been back three times now.

TRAVEL AS TEACHER 
I was able to share a very important subject—science—with my sister in the Galapagos Islands. We had a cool little nerd connection! Being able to learn the history of every living thing on this Earth was incomparable. 

NOW FACTOR 
As we get older, we're not going to have as much time together as a family. My sister is away at college and her vacation schedule doesn't always match up with mine. So, I'm really starting to cherish the memories we've made on vacations with ER. Everywhere I've gone the last 16 years of my life, it's been with my mom, dad, and sister. 

NEXT UP? 
I've been trying to convince my parents to go back to Costa Rica again. Eventually, I'd like to take my own children there to share an important part of my childhood. Thanks to ER, I've traveled a lot of the world, but there's still so much to explore.

MATTHEW KAUFMAN

AGE: 16

REMEMBER WHEN...
We flew a helicopter over Victoria Falls. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had in my life. I used to be very afraid of heights. So my adrenaline was rushing! But having my brother there was really reassuring. I was scared but also excited.

FAMILY FUN
With Exclusive Resorts, they don't just drop us off at some kids' club. ER had done a great job of providing all that's necessary for us to have a great vacation—from the amenities (sporting equipment, board games, infinity pools) to the homes with plenty of room and privacy. Without our vacations, I don't know if we would be as close as we are. In 2013 we went to Mexico. My brothers, father and I went scuba diving. We saw crystal rock formations and swam through a secret underwater tunnel—it was just amazing.

TRAVEL AS TEACHER
I've pushed my boundaries and had to interact with people and cultures I might never have learned about in school. It gives me a broader perspective of the world. One time we visited an Aztec ruin in Mexico. I was studying The Aztecs in school the following week—so it was really fun to have learned about their culture firsthand. Best of all, I didn't have to study for the test!

BROTHERLY BONDS
Throughout our vacations, my brother Grant and I have really bonded. We’ve had our differences, but when we’re all relaxed—at a beach or skiing—we love to have fun with each other.

ELLA BUNCE

AGE: 18

GLOBAL CLASSROOM
The highlight from "Exploring Europe: ER's Spin on College Study Abroad" trip was the sunset catamaran cruise we got to take. It was stunning! We got to swim in the Mediterranean, and dinner was delicious.

SERVICE FACTOR
My favorite thing about ER is that I always feel very comfortable and the locations are incredible. I know that when I get to travel with the Club it's going to be an amazing vacation.

TRAVEL AS A TEACHER
I'm still learning about the culture and people from the places I'm visiting. Tons of organized tours are great for learning the history of the countries.

REMEMBER WHEN...
My favorite family moment is our trip to Maui, when we stayed in Kapalua. The whole family was playing in the waves together. We were laughing so hard we practically drowned! I feel so lucky to have experienced this trip with my whole family—I wouldn't have had this opportunity without ER.

TRAVEL AS TEACHER

With these 2018 kid-friendly vacations, expanding horizons is unforgettable.

COSTA RICA

Kids can channel their inner adventurer with treetop zip line tours and surf lessons. Naturalist-led tours of nearby Palo Verde National Park will introduce them to local flora and fauna. 
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SOUTH AFRICA

A safari through Kruger National Park won't just wow kids with wildlife. It will also spark a conversation about conservation. Visits to nearby communities demonstrate how other cultures live. 
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GRAND CAYMAN 

The Ritz-Carlton's Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program turns the island into a natural classroom and living laboratory. Eco-tours educate kids of all ages about ocean conservation and coral reefs and excursions include night snorkels and kayak trips through the mangroves. 
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