Over here at Jet Set, we believe, naturally, that travel is the best education — and experiential learning comes at critical moments of our lives outside the classroom... sometimes thousands of miles away from it, in fact.
That's why we're all about the news that Malia Obama will be taking a gap year before she follows in her very famous parents' footsteps to get that Ivy League degree from Harvard.
But for the teenager who's already traveled via Air Force One to China and Brazil — she event spent spring break in Cuba — where on earth should she go during her precious pre-university time? We have some ideas.
Part of growing up is... not growing up too fast! Malia could have some fun indulging in her hobbies, which include music. As a big fan of One Direction, a longer stay in London would be a great cultural, cosmopolitan immersion.
There's Hollywood, and there's Bollywood.... but Nollywood is also producing a lot of films. As Malia holds an interest in TV and filmmaking, she could head to Nigeria for internships and on-the-ground research.
If one big part of the bridge year is to de-stress and reflect, she could be like media mogul Oprah Winfrey and go back to her father's childhood home islands to lounge around Hawai'i. Malia, whose name means "canoe" in Hawaiian, could opt to cruise around to a favorite island or several... and that sounds just divine to us.
If she takes after her fashionable mom, Malia could head to the more far-flung hipster hangout that's full of history as well as up-and-coming bloggers, material makers, and scene setters.
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