This is a topic, I always liked to discuss. I mean the classic week-long school trips in secondary school, normally by bus. What were your experiences? We had the regulary trips end of 6th/8th/10th class. And I was always that type of kid, that questioned such curious relics from a totally different time, as long as it has something to do with "group action". 6th class was a really nice trip with interesting excursions. Former Inner German Border, interesting and (for 12yo) kind of sinister 66,4 hectare low moor, an impressing former german salt mine with 21 kilometer tour deep down, a state-of-the-art modern dairy factory and my favorite thuringian (thermal) pool fun bath . This trip, I would do again! 8th class was a "lead balloon". A six-hours bus trip to Rheinland Pfalz. Four nights "classic" youth hostel on a small mountain next to an extreme provincial smalltown. Not noteworthy excursions, dark and depressive region. Kind of a useless trip. Pirmasens?? Bah... 10th class. The class (majority) decided to visit the Costa Brava/Catalunya. Yes, THE stupid and cheap "standard" end-of-school bustrip to Lloret de Mar! But that wasn't the main point for me to quit. The main point was the 23 hours bus ride, WITH of course school classes in the bus! Oh my, what a horror!! And even have to try to sleep in the bus? Come on!! BAH, enjoy the ride, but without me! Two other boys decided to quit, too. One of the best decisions in my life! Avoiding so much stress and not having missed much. And Lloret de Mar was and still is a dump. But the funny point was, that I knew my (typical idealess) class so well and already years before, it was so clear to me, that the last school trip would end this way. In the week after, there was more or less silence in our class and I never heared anyone talk about the trip again. Not a bit of excitement. But my final opinion is still, that these classic week-long school trips are today useless, in general. To me, It's a thing from a totally different time, when kids hadn't much. But for us teens in the 90s and 2001, such trips were mostly "stress for nothing". But you don't have to take part on such trips, in Germany. You have to stay at school or go practicum, instead. And the interesting point in Germany is, that we now have the situtation, that many teachers don't want to go on classic week-long school trips anymore. And they basically don't have to, because it's their leisure time.