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Corinne Madelmont strives to deliver excellent trips in which she tries to instill the love of learning while traveling within students and their families. While on these trips, students (whether alone or with their families) learn cultural traditions, lifestyles and how to travel outside of their home countries the smart and safe way. Exploring other cultures helps kids feel connected to the world around them – and may boost their critical thinking skills. Traveling to a different country is always fun, but poses certain risks. Strikes, accidents, and things like missed flights could always happen. Corinne Madelmont teaches students these valuable life lessons that can only be taught while events happen – you will never get this kind of learning experience from a book. These trips are also perfect opportunities to strengthen bonds and relationships, such as the grandparent-child bond. Traveling shapes the way we think and understand. Students who travel are more tolerant and willing to try international ways of life.   

Further proof that exchange and collective intelligence are the key to human progress comes from studying Neanderthals. Neanderthal tools are found close to their likely site of origin: they did not trade. In the southern Caucasus, it is the development and maintenance of larger social networks, rather than technological innovations that distinguish modern humans from Neanderthals. Thus arguing that human trade, not of just goods but of knowledge and understanding, is the most momentous innovation of the human species, allowing it to grow together as a whole. This process of cumulative innovation has doubled lifespan, cut child mortality by three-quarters and multiplied per capita income nine-fold, world wide, in little more than a century.

Dense populations don’t produce innovation in other species. They only do so in human beings, because only human beings indulge in regular exchange of different items among unrelated, unmated individuals and even among strangers. So here is the answer to the puzzle of the human takeoff. It was caused by the invention of a collective brain itself made possible by the invention of exchange!

New to Madelmont.com, Corinne Madelmont is now offering Custom Vacation Planning to bring your dream excursion to life. She will work with you, your party, your budget, time frame and desired location to bring to you a one-of-a-kind trip. Booking a trip with Corinne Madelmont ensures you a completely guided, safe and fun vacation for you, your friends and/or family.

Indochina 2018

31 March – 12 April 2018, 13 days

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Peru 2017

31 March – 13 April 2017, 13 Days

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Israel/Jordan 2016

27 March – 10 April 2015, 2 Days

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South Africa 2015

27 March – 10 April 2015, 14 Nights/15 Days

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China 2014

12 April – 26 April 2014, 13 Nights/14 Days

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The Baltics

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. 30 March – 13 April 2013

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Ireland 2012

The Emerald Isle. 14 April – 28 April 2012

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Spain and Portugal 2011

09 April – 23 April 2011

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French Riviera 2011

French Riviera, Monaco, Italy. 8 August – 22 August 2011

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Central Europe 2010 – Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands

March 27 – April 10 2010: Munich, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam

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French Riviera 2010

French Riviera 2010

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Japan 2009

12 April – 23 April 2009: Tokyo, Hiroshima, Okayama, Kyoto

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Australia 2008

Sydney, Alice Springs, Cairns

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Costa Rica 2007

Costa Rice 2007

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Greece 2006

April 8 through April 19, 2006

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