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School trips: those in 2023 are short, low cost and to alternative destinations

Back to doing the school trips, but I’m still not like before Covid. Only half of secondary school students will be able to leave this year on what is officially called an educational trip according to a survey by the portal School.net out of 3,500 students. The destinations are low cost and alternative and the journeys are short.

Only 48% of secondary school students will be able to undertake an educational trip that involves one or more days away from home. In almost one out of 4 cases, the problem is of an economic nature, but there are also those who have been stopped for disciplinary reasons (17%). The most frequent cause of withdrawal is the refusal of teachers to take responsibility for accompanying the class (34%).
As many as 3 out of 4 students will remain within national borders: Naples (13%) Florence (11%) and Rome (10%) the most popular cities. But 1 out of 4 will head towards alternative destinations: Syracuse, the Val di Noto, Lecce, Ravenna, Lake Garda, Matera, the Marches, Umbria. In 2 out of 3 cases, the expense for the trip will not exceed 400 euros. The most common budget, in 44% of cases, is between 200 and 400 euros.

«After years of restrictions, a great student classic can return: the educational trip, more commonly defined as a school trip. However, for many it will remain a mirage: either as a disciplinary measure, or due to lack of available teachers, or due to lack of financial resources”, he explains Daniel GrassucciDirector of School.net, «Many families are unable to support initiatives like these. But it is also true that, looking at the glass half full, the solution found by many schools, i.e. taking short and budget-friendly trips, is to be welcomed: you can discover and rediscover places full of art and history in our peninsula, without spending a fortune. An opportunity for both students and the local area».

The weight of travel costs, hotel, transport, meals, is having a significant impact. In a quarter of the situations the determining factor in choosing the destination was precisely its cheapness. The final expense was taken into great consideration in 2 out of 3 cases. This led to the farewell of foreign destinations. In high school, trips abroad go up a little, 31%, for the middle classes, Italian trips accounted for 90% of the total. For abroad, school trips choose alternative places to the classic Barcelona: from Strasbourg to Seville, from Malta to Slovenia, from Krakow to Valencia, from Provence to Bavaria. There are also those who won’t even be able to console themselves with a one-day visit, from morning to evening: over a quarter have already budgeted that they won’t even do that.

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Source: Vanity Fair

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