ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 80

REAR VIEW

Since the release
of 10 miniepisodes about
the Your Big
Year adventure
on social media,
youths have been
asking how to
have a big year
themselves.

Your Big Year
Travel competition inspires and transforms four lucky youths

80

DESTINATIONS

/SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019

ANDREW HALLENBERG.

T

In each location, Your Big Year coordinated with Student &
here's nothing like touring the U.S. during the summer
Youth Travel Association (SYTA) partners including tourism
months-driving between cities and state to state,
boards, attractions, and restaurants to provide learning experiwatching landscapes pass by, experiencing the sheer
ences. The curriculum included everything from a Birmingham
size of the country and the cultural nuances of each descivil rights tour with a movement footman, to a walking tour of
tination. Traveling across the U.S. is a transformative experience,
Nashville with a Lonely Planet Guide, to advocacy training from
and yet it's an opportunity that not enough young people get.
the National Parks Conservation Association while camping in
Marti Grimminck has sought to change all that. The CEO and
Natural Bridges National Park.
founder of International Connector, which provides organizaThe young travelers were tasked with intertions with insights, studies, and trainings on the
"Travel is the
viewing people from all walks of life in each
effect of younger generations in the future of work,
location, asking, "What was 'Your Big Year' that
is an avid traveler herself, and she wanted to find
best thing in
got you where you are today?" Not surprisingly,
a way to make travel more accessible and part of
life that you
95 percent of the people interviewed not only had
every American youth's plans. "Travel enables you
can possibly
a big moment that set them on the path to where
to learn so much more about yourself, where you
do."
they were that day, but that moment was also
stand, and what you believe in," says Grimminck.
-SHILPA BHANDARI,
based on a travel experience that took them to a
"It enables you to embrace a side of yourself that
STUDENT TRAVELER
new place.
you may never have unleashed if you stayed inside
The youths themselves were transformed.
your comfort zone."
Today, they are their own advocates for travel-for how easy it
Born out of Grimminck's passion for backpacking, Your Big Year
can be to hop on a bus and go to a new place. "Travel is the best
was originally a global competition that inspired hundreds of thouthing in life that you can possibly do," says Shilpa Bhandari,
sands of youths to compete for coveted trips abroad with groups
one of the four youth travelers. "After this trip, I learned how to
of peers. Then, last summer, Grimminck changed the focus of the
approach people differently."
competition to travel on the road in the U.S. Four lucky youths ages
The next competition will be launched in 2020. Until then, Your
19 to 21 began in Chicago and then hit the road with a tour manager
and a filmmaker, traveling by bus and car to St. Louis; Nashville and Big Year offers a course aimed at helping young people discover
how to make their own adventure in life. The course enables youths
Memphis, Tenn.; Huntsville, Ala.; Salt Lake City; and Albuquerque,
to go on the Your Big Year journey through a virtual experience
N.M. and across Utah to Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Bryce
with a small class group. To learn more, visit www.yourbigyear.
Canyon, and Las Vegas before ending in Denver. In all, the youths
com or www.internationalconnector.com. -Rachel Head
covered 10 states, 14 cities, and five national parks.


http://www.yourbigyear.com http://www.yourbigyear.com http://www.internationalconnector.com

ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019

Hudson Yards Is Open!
Welcome to the New Old Town
35-Foot Motorcoaches Are a Huge Hit
Crisis Averted
Totally Family
FMCSA Exclusive
History Comes Alive in Omaha
2019 Scholarship Recipients
2019 Best of the Best
The Canadian Rockies’ Lesser-Known Parks
Tour Stop: Meet the Makers of Baltimore
City Guide//
Gaming
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Cover1
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Cover2
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 1
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 2
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 3
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 4
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 5
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 6
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 7
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 8
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Hudson Yards Is Open!
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Welcome to the New Old Town
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 11
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 35-Foot Motorcoaches Are a Huge Hit
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Crisis Averted
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Totally Family
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 15
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - FMCSA Exclusive
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - History Comes Alive in Omaha
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 2019 Scholarship Recipients
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 19
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 2019 Best of the Best
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 21
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 22
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 23
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 24
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 25
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 26
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 27
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 28
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 29
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 30
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 31
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 32
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 33
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - The Canadian Rockies’ Lesser-Known Parks
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 35
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 36
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 37
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 38
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 39
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Tour Stop: Meet the Makers of Baltimore
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 41
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 42
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 43
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - City Guide//
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 45
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 46
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 47
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 48
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 49
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 50
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 51
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 52
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 53
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 54
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 55
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 56
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 57
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 58
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 59
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 60
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 61
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 62
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 63
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 64
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 65
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 66
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 67
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 68
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 69
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 70
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Gaming
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 72
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 73
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 74
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 75
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 76
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 77
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 78
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 79
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - 80
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Cover3
ABA - Destinations Magazine - September/October 2019 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/destinations-magazine-march-april-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/destinations-magazine-january-february-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20201112
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20200910
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20200708
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20200506
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20200304
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20200102
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20191112
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20190910
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20190708
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20190506
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20190304
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20190102
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20181112
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20180910
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20180708
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_201805068
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20180304
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20180102
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20171112
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20170910
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20170708
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20170506
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ABA/dest_20170304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20170102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20161112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20160910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20160708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20160506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20160304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20160102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20151112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20150910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20150708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20150506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20150304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/marketplace_wrapup_2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20150102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20141112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20140910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20140708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20140506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/marketplace_wrapup_2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20140304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20140102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20131112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pohlyco/dest_20130910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20130708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20130506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20130304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20130102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20121112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20120910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20120708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20120506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20120304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20120102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20111112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20110910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20110708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20110506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20110304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/abamarketplace2011_wrapup
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20110102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20101112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20100908
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20100708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/go_wv2011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20100506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_20100304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mcneill/dest_2010
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com