So, your school has partnered with Son Tours and organized a student tour. Whether that tour is in the United States, Canada, or Europe, it’s understandable that parents, teachers, chaperones, and students have questions about these educational tours. We want everyone to feel comfortable about sending students on the marvelous adventure that is a school tour, so we have compiled a list of common student travel FAQs to help.
Students, teachers, group leaders, and chaperones can go on Son Tours student tours when your school partners with us to organize an educational tour here in the U.S. or abroad. In order to go, all participants interested (including chaperones and students) will need to fill out enrollment forms and submit their payments accordingly, and these are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
We recommend only packing the necessities on a student travel trip, as over-packing can just be more cumbersome and more of a hassle than helpful. For more specific information on what to pack on a student tour, check out these suggestions for U.S. travel preparation and planning, international travel planning, and our chaperone travel tips and student packing list.
You’ll need to adhere to your school’s rules as well as TSA guidelines when knowing what you cannot bring on a student tour. The TSA has a lengthy list of items that can and cannot be brought aboard planes that you can easily access here.
We recommend having about $100-$200 set aside for emergencies and spending money, but we also urge you to carry no more than $50 in cash in the preferred currency of your destination at any given time. We strongly suggest keeping the rest of the money on a debit/credit/bank card whenever possible for the sake of security.
If your child is under the age of 18 and traveling domestically, they may not need to carry ID to travel, but we do recommend having one just in case. If your child is 18 or older or if they are traveling internationally, they will absolutely need identification, specifically a passport in the latter case. For accepted types of identification accepted by the TSA, click here.
We book deluxe accommodations for our students and chaperones complete with private security on each floor where Son Tours participants will be staying. Specific hotel details are dependent upon the tour itself, but we do everything we can to make sure that everyone is comfortable and safe throughout their tour adventure, even when just relaxing at the hotel or turning in for the night.
All of our overnight packages include travel insurance to cover unexpected accidents, incidents, and illnesses that may occur while your child is under our care. Our travel insurance covers:
This also covers any medical expenses that reasonably cause a trip to be interrupted or canceled.
Safety is our absolute number one priority on each and every tour for each and every student. Because of this, we have a number of safety and security protocols and procedures in place for every educational tour, including insurance, dedicated security professionals, safety briefings, and so much more. Many of these protocols and procedures are described in more detail in our safety article.
If your child has a food sensitivity or allergy, you should inform and have them remind the group leader(s) and chaperones when you turn in your forms and when they depart for/arrive at their destination. We also would suggest having your child wear a medical bracelet informing others of the allergy in case of an emergency. It is vital that you and your child alert the group leader and chaperones to this allergy/sensitivity. We also cannot stress enough that, if necessary, your child brings an epinephrine pen or other allergy medication in order to respond to allergy emergencies.
The cost of student tours varies depending on the tour destination and the tour itself, as each of our travel opportunities is customized to the needs and desires of the teachers and curriculum. Cost per student/chaperone will be available when you fill out your enrollment form. You can always get in touch with your school or contact Son Tours to find out more.