Traveling teachers should familiarize themselves and their chaperones with the destinations they’ll visit ahead of time. Being aware of the weather, culture, and excursions they’ll be going on can help everyone pack smarter.
Also, understanding the cuisine can be helpful if any travelers have allergies or dietary restrictions. Group Leaders should contact EF as soon as possible to let us know about any dietary restrictions, so we can notify our Tour Operations team, who will ensure that they have options at every group meal. Families should contact the airlines directly to notify them of any dietary restrictions for in-flight meals. Another expert travel tip we recommend is for travelers with these restrictions to pack some snacks that they know are safe to eat. These can come in handy when traveling between destinations and options may be limited.
Travelers should also be aware of the local currency exchange rate of the destinations they’re traveling to, so families can plan how much to budget for personal spending and lunches. It’s also wise to exchange money before tour—most local banks will exchange currency. Travelers should also let their banks know that they’ll be traveling to avoid a fraud block on their debit card while away. (Pro tip: Visa credit cards are the most widely accepted credit cards internationally.) Going on an EF Explore America trip? Group Leaders can talk with their Tour Consultant about getting students free Till debit cards to make their money management even easier.