Backpack in Scotland. Railpass through Europe. Ski in the Alps. Sing in a gondola in Venice. Swim in the Greek isles. See the pyramids. The choice is yours. Student fares are cheap, and, because of the school calendar, you have the leisure to go at your own pace.
The school year begins in early September, the first term running until mid-December. A four-to-five week vacation follows. The spring term is a short one and over by the end of March. Most of April is usually holiday, and then the summer terms lasts through June. There are week-long mid-term breaks in both the fall and summer terms.
Americans often join school trips or travel in small groups with school friends or Americans studying at other schools.