Singer Jordin Sparks has urged young teens to push their boundaries and explore other parts of the world after experiencing her own life-altering travels over the summer (11).
The former American Idol star jetted to Europe with cross-cultural organisation People to People, and was amazed by how much she could squeeze into such a short vacation, thanks to some careful planning with group officials.
And now Sparks is encouraging fans to follow suit and broaden their horizons.
During an appearance on U.S. chat show The Talk on Friday (16Sep11), the No Air hitmaker said, "People to People is an organisation that helps get students overseas to explore different things and be more culturally aware... I brought my brother with me, we went and it was amazing the access People to People has.
"So you can go over there (to Europe) on your own and say you're gonna see the Louvre (Museum in Paris) and then see the Eiffel Tower, and it might take you two days. But in one day we went to a concentration camp and from there we went to Innsbruck (Austria) and learned how to make apple strudel, and then we went to France - all within 17 hours. It was incredible and it was just an amazing experience."