There’s a growing number of Schoolies opting for alternative ways to celebrate, rather than a boozy weekend on the Gold Coast.
Unleashed Travel has been providing school-leavers with unparalleled overseas experiences and parents with piece of mind with their travel packages.
The group has organised over 10,000 schoolies trips since their launch in 2006.
CEO of Unleashed Travel Jot Lynas says more schoolies are seeking the chance for adventure and experience, rather than getting drunk in a hotel room.
“Our trips are exclusive to 17-19 year old school leavers – that means there’s no Toolies and older people crashing the experience,” says Lynas.
Lynas believes it’s an affordable way for young people to have an overseas experience.
“If you did a comparison between our Fiji trip, for example, and a NSW-to-Gold Coast Schoolies trip, it’s almost exactly the same in price,”
“That’s what we’ve always wanted to represent – good value.
“We’re also somewhat of a safety blanket for schoolies in their first time travelling without parents.”
Lynas says parents can rest easy with their chaperoned programs.
“As well as the chartering of resorts and security on the islands, we have a 1-7 schoolie per adult ratio.”
“Our Unleashed crew chaperone the trips as sister/brother mentors to make sure the schoolies have a good time, while helping and supporting their needs
“We also have controls on alcohol including zero tolerance for anti-social drinking or behaviour, no room parties, black-out time in the bars, wrist banding 17-18 year olds and a no-shots policy.”
Unleashed Travel also recently announced the launch of their European travel packages, to take-off in 2015.
From the ancient ruins of Rome to the modern culture of Berlin, the 18-day package includes two nights in each of the nine European countries.
“It’s all about experiencing countries and their cultures, and giving the schoolies a taste for each country – then they might know where they want to go back and visit later in life.”
Over the last two years, the most popular Unleashed Travel packages have sold out in less than 15 minutes, so soon-to-be Schoolies are encouraged to get in quick.
Bookings open this week for 2015 school leavers.
For more information, visit Unleashed Travel.