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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain
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"Once a year, go somewhere you've never been before." - The Dalai Lama
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Travel Preparations

Prepare for your tour

Preparing to go on tour is an exciting time, the world awaits you!

Below is important information to help you prepare before you go on tour, and ensures you understand what is expected of you and your responsibility as either an adult traveler, a student traveler, or the parents of a student traveler.

Please take a moment and read through it all and get in touch with the Lingo Tours team if you have any questions – info@lingo-tours.com

For information regarding the following subjects, please refer to the relevant pages:

Insurance

Passport

Packing

Passport & Visa

You as a traveler are fully responsible to make sure that your travel documents are in order and fit for travelling. You need to double check tat your passport is valid for your destination. Normally a minimum of six months after your travel period is needed before expiry date in your passport. Should you need to renew your passport, do so in time and start the process at least 4-6 months prior to departure. If you passport expires short after (4-6 months) your travel dates, you should double check and verify with authorities, but we recommend you to renew in case of uncertainty.
For Visa you should inform yourself what visa requirements that your destination country requires. Normally US citizens do not require any visa for European destinations, but YOU are responsible for double checking the facts. Should you need any assistance or advice we will help you, but the person travelling (or caretaker for minors) are responsible for making sure you have the necessary paperwork.

Remember

Prior to tour

  • Make sure you understand the local currency of your destination, it will prevent you from making mistakes when handling the new currency while on tour. You may want to create a quick conversion chart to be better prepared when making small impulse purchases on tour.
  • We advise you to exchange some money into your destination currency before departure, just enough to keep you going the first day or two.
  • We also advise you to make a packing check list. Make sure you do not forget any important items. You can also use your packing check list when on tour, to ensure you do not leave anything behind at the hotels on tour.
  • It is always a good idea to learn some of the basic language for the destinations on tour. Polite phrases such as “excuse me”, "please" and "thank you" will make a big difference in the way the locals will react to you.
  • Minimize your luggage. Never bring more than you can carry yourself. Do not bring items unless you really need them on tour.
  • Avoid bringing electrical devices (hair dryer, toothbrush etc.) as the voltage is different in Europe (V220) compared to the USA. Modern electronics such as tablets, smart phones and similar are chargeable on all voltage levels, but you will need an adapter for your plug.
  • If you are not using your smartphone as alarm clock, make sure you bring an alarm clock.

While on tour

  • Try to stay awake until at least 10pm on arrival day so that you get rid of your jet-lag ASAP.
  • Respect the group by being on time for all appointments and departures. Being late is both disrespectful to others and can cause you to miss your departure.
  • Make sure you take care of your valuables. Keep your money in a safe place at all times, especially when in a crowded space such as public transport or elevators. Do not have mobile phones sticking out of your pockets and avoid having valuables visible when in public spaces with plenty of tourists.
  • Carry small amounts of cash that will be enough for one day only.
  • Make sure that you always keep an eye on your luggage. You are responsible for making sure it is being loaded onto the tour bus.
  • Do not leave the group at any time, unless agreed and approved by your Group Leader. When travelling with the group, make sure that the Tour Manager and Group Leader know where you are if you need to go to the restrooms or similar. Make sure you notify the leaders upon your return.
  • When travelling in a foreign country you are an ambassador for your school, city and country. Behave responsibly. If you are not certain on what the local manners would be, observe the locals.
  • Be silent in hotels at night. Your group is not the only guest at the hotel and some guests might be sleeping early. Do not slam doors or shout in corridors.
  • Keep your hotel room neat and clean and be respectful to hotel staff.
  • When on the tour bus, do not litter or put dirty feet on the seats. Be friendly and respectful to your driver, his/her cooperation is crucial for a good tour.
  • You may be held responsible for any damage to hotels and buses.

Student Rules

Student Rules

A tour abroad entails a lot of responsibility and good judgement by all travellers in the group. You will encounter differences in culture and habits. The following rules have been set out precisely to help manage these differences and to ensure a safe, pleasant and relaxed tour for all members of the group.

§ Stay in sub-groups

It is very important that your teacher and group leader is aware of your whereabouts throughout the tour. During your free time away from the main group you should always stay in small groups of minimum four students together, provided that you have the permission to leave the main group by your Group Leader. Be very clear about where you are going, your timings, with whom you are and when you are expected to return. Make sure that you have the address and phone number of your hotel and your Tour Manager on you at all times. Use free Wi-Fi in public places to update your group leader in the event of any changes.

§ Use and possession of alcohol and narcotic substances

Under no circumstances shall any student under the age of 21 drink any alcohol while on tour. If you break this rule you will be sent back home at your own expense. Parents will be consulted prior to any actions to discuss the situation. Any student in possession of and/or using any type of narcotic substance will be sent home and the expense of this will be covered by parents.

§ Weapons

No weapons of any sort are allowed on tour. Weapons including, but not limited to souvenir knives of any kind are all forbidden to be carried on tour.

§ Student curfew

Students must be in their hotel rooms by midnight. Exceptions for curfew timings may occur when the Group Leader and/or a scheduled activity necessitates staying out later.

§ Vehicles on tour

It is strictly forbidden for students on tour to rent and/or use any type of motor driven vehicles.

§ Drones and flying objects

Travellers are not allowed to bring and/or use any type of drone or other remote controlled flying objects on tour.

§ Visiting family and friends

Should you wish to visit friends and/or family while on you must have have written permission from your parent and/or legal guardian prior to tour departure date. Your Group Leader must be informed, provide his/her consent to the visit and receive a copy of such written permission prior to the tour departure date.

§ Respect and courtesy

When on tour, be respectful and mindful of your fellow travellers. Always think about your own safety and wellbeing on tour. Please remember that what is OK for you, might not be OK for others, so please consider the group and your room mates and respect them by using good judgement and common sense. At all times, YOU are responsible for being on time and for your own belongings including luggage and valuables.

The rules listed above are considered minimum standard tour regulations for all student Lingo Tours. Your Group Leader will inform you of any specific rules and expectations required of your group.

Any serious misconduct and/or breaking of these basic rules may result in the student being sent home and parents will have to cover the costs of the return journey.

More Information?

Should you be missing information of any kind, please contact your Group Leader directly or email us.