Want to know how much luggage to bring or plan for eating gluten-free while traveling? See some of our commonly asked questions and answers about getting travel-ready for your WorldStrides program!
Students carrying money should be advised to keep cash in a safe place such as a money belt or wallet in a secure pocket. Where possible, it is best for travelers to carry only what they may need for the day, and to secure the rest of their cash in their luggage.
On most programs, students will carry their own luggage, so it is always recommended to pack light! For short programs, one small suitcase is recommended. For longer programs, we recommend no more than one checked bag and one carry-on. The cost for checking baggage is not included in WorldStrides program price and travelers should be prepared to pay these fees upon check-in for both departing and returning flights. Please also check your airline's website prior to travel for up-to-date information regarding weight and size limits set by the airline. Additionally, all travelers should be aware of the Transportation Security Administration's guidelines for air travel. For more information, please visit the TSA website.
Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are a must. Since the weather can be unpredictable, be sure to bring rain gear and to dress in layers in case the temperature changes throughout the day. You should check the weather forecast for your destination during the time you'll be traveling and pack accordingly. Download sample K-12 destination packing lists here:
Due to the nature of group travel and the discounted group rates we receive, airlines do not allow the use of frequent flyer programs. Additionally, travelers are not eligible to receive frequent flyer miles for their travel. University students traveling individually may be eligible to redeem and/or earn miles and should contact their Account Manager with specific questions.
Performing tours abroad may necessitate the transportation of instruments, equipment, and uniforms. Our dedicated operations staff has the expertise and proven ability to ensure the smooth travel coordination of all your instruments and equipment. Call us at 1-800-522-2398 for information on transporting equipment and instruments, including rental options.
Our Suggested Music Lists are available for free download!
In accordance with TSA regulations, minor children are not required to carry ID. However, we strongly encourage students to carry a school ID or ID card. All participants must provide their full legal name (first, middle, and last name matching information on a government-issued ID) matching information on a government-issued ID regarding date of birth and gender prior to ticketing. International air travel: A passport is required for all travelers on all international trips. Each traveler is responsible for obtaining their own passport. Obtaining a passport can take several weeks, so make arrangements to acquire one immediately. Passports should not expire for at least 6 months from the date when you'll return. All pages must be securely fastened inside. (Some countries will not accept a passport that does not meet these standards.) We recommend students make two black and white copies of their passport before travel in case their passport is lost or stolen; keep one in secured luggage and give one to the Program Leader.
Students with special meal requirements will need to communicate these to WorldStrides and your Program Leader in advance. WorldStrides will make every effort to communicate special dietary restrictions requests or allergies to the restaurants where food is served on our programs. Despite our best efforts, though, several factors make it impossible for WorldStrides to make a reliable commitment ahead of your program that a specific meal will be arranged according to the health requirements for a participant. Travelers who suffer from complex or extreme food allergies are advised to pack adequate snacks and be prepared with extra meal money to purchase uniquely prepared foods, if necessary.
You will receive a Program Information Letter from WorldStrides or your Program Leader containing specific details approximately two to three weeks prior to departure. This letter will include the flight schedule as well as hotel and sightseeing information. All airline tickets are sent directly to the Program Leader. Confirmed hotel information will be available 20 days prior to departure for domestic programs. WorldStrides cautions that schedule changes occur VERY frequently, which can often lead to a completely new set of flights. Don't make any firm plans around these student travel flights until they are finalized and, even then, allow plenty of time for connections.
Visas requirements are specific to the country where you are traveling, and depend on the nationality of the traveler. Generally speaking. our most common WorldStrides destinations, including Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, France, and the UK, do not require a visa for travelers with American passports. If you are traveling to a destination that does require a visa for Americans, this information would be communicated to your Program Leader in advance. Because of the high number of international students enrolled in university programs, all students traveling on a Higher Education Custom program receive an email within 24 hours of registration that details their visa needs (dependent on destination and nationality). This email will include detailed instructions for obtaining a visa, if necessary, and an application.For Higher Ed students with visa questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain necessary travel documents. If you are denied entry to any country, including a country you have connected through, you are not eligible for a refund.
Typically, our clients will begin planning their international trips between 9 and 11 months in advance of travel. However, this all depends on your travel needs! If your travel program is optional, a longer planning timeline helps give students time to decide if they'd like to participate and time to raise money to go. International air inventory opens approximately 11 months prior to travel; however, we can generally provide other cost components as early as 15 months prior to travel. We also receive last-minute program requests (groups traveling in fewer than 4 months) and do our best to accommodate those requests.
You can download the Performance Information Form for a Heritage Festival program by clicking here.
WorldStrides will notify the Program Leader if a visa is required for entry by U.S. citizens to any of the countries that you may be visiting. Please be aware that the time required to process visa applications can be several weeks for each country.
The specific itinerary will be chosen by your child's Program Leader and is based on the educational goals for the trip. The itinerary for your program can be found on the back of your trip information letter. Please realize that the itinerary found on this letter is subject to change. Once all the details are finalized, your child's teacher will distribute the final itinerary to you.
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