Getting back on track
As time passed from their original departure date, the anticipation to travel only grew stronger. “Our kids had gotten to the point where they really wanted to take this trip and they were going to do what they needed to, to make it work for them,” Sara says. Dedicated to making sure her students got a chance to travel, Sara worked closely with EF to get her group safely to D.C. and home again. With crystal clear lines of communication, Sara and EF were able to continually make progress toward their shared goal by quickly adapting to the new, ever-changing landscape.
For starters, high school schedules are different than middle school schedules. To find a time that worked for the whole group, Sara’s Tour Consultant worked around football, volleyball, and cross-country playoffs before settling on a few days in November.
Getting everyone aligned was just step one. With pandemic guidelines updating rapidly, Sara was able to rely on EF for constant help. She felt confident our experts would have all the up-to-the-minute details, so she repeatedly pointed families to EF for answers and reassurance. Throughout a constant flurry of updates, both Sara and her students’ families saw that safety is EF’s top priority. It allowed everyone to feel fully confident in the COVID protocols and focus instead on the transformative growth of travel.
Once they arrived in D.C., all those moving pieces offered a few pleasant surprises. First and foremost, the new dates opened Sara’s eyes to a different experience for her group. Her school has been taking trips to D.C. for 30 years, always around Easter. But in the future, Sara plans to keep traveling to the nation’s capital in November. “We saw more than we’ve ever seen before. No waiting in line anywhere,” she says. “We got super excited about how slick it was in November and how much we got to see.” That was only the first time their flexibility paid off.