SMART STUDENT TRAVEL Resources
Get resources and information to help you plan your trip. Learn about the cancellation policy, insurance, safety tips, and more before starting your smart student travel journey.
For many students, their school district-provided trips are a highlight of the year. Whether it’s a class trip to a large city or a weekend visit to an outdoor learning facility, these excursions give students a chance to expand their knowledge and have fun with their peers. For those whose parents can join them on the journey, it can be an even more rewarding experience. Exploring new places in the company of family adds another layer of joy and adventure to the occasion. Parents can attend these educational outings with their children thanks to some school districts’ special programs.**
Families can strengthen their bonds through these programs while continuing to learn together in exciting environments. With an eye toward academic enrichment and parent-child bonding, attending student trips with family can be an experience that all involved remember fondly for years afterward.
They will surely treasure the time spent together learning about the world beyond what can be found in classrooms alone. It is sure to be a time rich with laughter and new discoveries!
**Each tour is customized to the school. Some tours allow parents with an adult price, and some do not allow parents.
Please check with your school’s group leader.
Smart Student Travel - Parental Resources
No one wants to think about dealing with late fees or account cancellations, but it is important for group members to stay mindful of payment deadlines and grace periods. Should you find yourself unable to make your payments on time, it is essential that you contact your group leader immediately.
If you are able to make payment within the seven-day grace period, then a late fee will be added to your account. However, if payment is still not made within this timeline, your account will automatically be cancelled and any unpaid fees will need to be accounted for at a later date by more traditional means such as cash or check.
Ultimately, the best way to avoid any unwanted stress or extra costs is simply by adhering to the payment deadlines outlined in your contract. Take control of your financial obligations and keep your account active; it’ll save you a hassle in the long run.
Smart Student Travel Cancellation Policy
1. Trip cancellations must be in writing.
2. You can request a cancellation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. A parent, legal guardian, school administrator, or teacher can cancel a trip on behalf of a student.
4. Smart Student Travel will refund fees paid, less credit card and travel protection plan fees, if canceled 60 days or more before the trip departure date.
5. There are no refunds paid by Smart Student Travel if you cancel 0-59 days before your trip departure date. You must submit a claim to the travel insurance provider where you purchased your trip protection.
Whether your school District is looking to travel with students across Europe or domestically around your home city, Smart Student Travel’s top priority is safety and the organization of your trip.
Your Group’s final itinerary will be distributed by your Group Leader or at your final parent meeting within 2-3 weeks of your tour date. Please be aware that all itineraries are subject to change prior to or during your child’s tour.
Depending on your request, most changes can be made up to 60 days prior to your tour date. Please contact us at 1-800-219-0903 or email@example.com to request any changes.
Tours are usually chaperoned at an adult to student ratio of 1:10. Chaperones are the responsibility of the group and are not provided by Smart Student Travel Please check with your Group Leader if you have any questions.
Each tour varies. Some tours allow parents to attend and offer an adult price. Other tours do not allow parents to attend. Please check with your Group Leader.
What happens if a student has a medical emergency?
We will provide chaperones with a list of area hospitals. The chaperones on your tour will immediately seek medical attention and contact the parents. Please see your chaperone/group leader for the medical forms required by your school district.
What if I have an emergency and need to reach my child?
You may contact your child directly if cell phones are permitted on their tour or you may contact Smart Student Travel at any time, and we can contact the group leader on your behalf.
How many adults or chaperones travel with students?
Tours are chaperoned at an adult to student ratio of 1:15, 1:10 or 1:5. Chaperones are the responsibility of the school and are not provided by Smart Student Travel.
Are parents allowed to attend a tour?
Each tour is customized to the school. Some tours allow parents with an adult price and some do not allow parents. Please check with your school’s group leader.
All tours will operate as scheduled unless it is determined that the weather is too dangerous to proceed. We recommend that you check the weather forecast of your destination and pack accordingly. We recommend that your child packs a rain poncho or other waterproof clothing should the forecast call for rain or snow.
When you register, you will be prompted to create an account. Once you have created an account and registered, you will see payment options and the payment plan. You will be able to make a payment by check or credit card in your account.
We encourage all participants to make payments at the scheduled time. We are happy to discuss your situation with you. Please call us at 1-800-219-0903 to discuss any special circumstances you may have.
Yes. You will receive email payment reminders a few days prior to each payment date
Please refer to your School’s Trip Registration Flyer. It provides instructions on how to register and make a deposit. In order for your registration to be complete, each participant must make an initial deposit and complete both the Tour Terms and Conditions Form and Cancellation Policy Acknowledgement form.
Due to lack of participation, Smart Student Travel will allow the group to cancel a tour within two weeks of the initial deposit date and receive a 100% refund. All decisions will be discussed with your Group Leader.
Once we receive a fundraising check from your school, we will apply the amount to your individual account. If your school/organization is paying Smart Student Travel directly, you will need to contact your Group Leader to find out your balance.
The chaperones on tour will immediately seek medical attention and will contact the parents. If your child needs to be transferred to a medical facility, a chaperone will accommodate your child. Your child will remain chaperoned until discharged from the facility.
You may try to contact your child directly if cell phones are permitted on tour or you may contact Smart Student Travel at 800-219-0903 at anytime, and we can contact the Group Leader on your behalf.
Please refer to your Group Leader in regards to your school’s/organization’s policies in regards to this. If electronic devices are permitted, we ask that the students respectfully turn off such devices during lectured portions of the tour.
Many of our tours are all-inclusive. While everyone’s spending habits are different, the average spending money per student is approximately $50. If there are any additional meals or activities that require extra spending money it will be outlined in your itinerary.
On your tour paperwork you will see prices based on Quadruple Occupancy (4 students per room) unless otherwise noted. However, you will have the option to register for other options that best fits your needs. Hotel rooms will have 2 beds. For instance, if your child selects Quadruple Occupancy, there will be a total of 4 students in the hotel room, sharing 2 beds.
The Group Leader will determine the hotel rooming list. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the rooming list, please contact your Group Leader. Smart Student Travel is not responsible for the rooming list.
Please inform your Group Leader ahead of time in regards to medications and allergies. All prescription medication should be placed in bags, labeled, and given to the Group Leader for safekeeping. Even Tylenol or aspirin should be given to the tour leader. During the registration process you will be asked about allergies and dietary needs. Smart Student Travel will make every possible attempt to accommodate your child.
Please inform your Group Leader of your needs so that she/he can discuss with Smart Student Travel about any necessary accommodations while on tour.
Going on a school trip can be both fun and educational, but it’s also important to keep in mind that it’s a shared responsibility to stay safe. In addition to any specific safety rules set by the school or trip organizers, there are some key general safety tips that should always be followed.
Taking these simple steps can help keep everyone safe during a student trip, allowing participants to reap the full benefits of their experience.
Factors that should be considered when deciding on a travel destination include
It might also be worthwhile to research how COVID-19 is being managed by different countries’ local health departments, as this has become a major issue impacting global travel at times.
Additionally, one should consider potential destinations that are not only safe but also offer valuable learning opportunities such as fascinating historical sites and ecosystems ripe for exploration. Educators may be able to turn to reliable websites such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites or U.S.-based International Education Programs for a comprehensive list of culturally rich destinations that promise unforgettable memories for both staff and students. Ultimately, when picking out a student travel destination, safety must always come first!
With a bit of thorough research into all possible options and considerations mentioned above, educators will notice their journey becoming smoother and safer every step of the way.
When students travel abroad for educational purposes, it is important to keep in mind that the destination may have different health regulations and guidelines than what is generally accepted at home.
It is important to research health advisory information and take the necessary precautions prior to departure.
***Can students bring/carry their own medication?
Please consult your group leader. This decision is made by your school administration and/or school district.
Keeping track of a passport, especially in unfamiliar terrain, can be hectic and mistakes do happen! However, there are a few simple tips students should keep in mind to help them out if their passport or other documents are misplaced.
Following these tips will help give students peace of mind if they ever find themselves dealing with lost or stolen passports and other travel documents. With careful preparation and some common sense practices to follow when travelling abroad, peace of mind over passport security is more achievable than ever before!
Optional travel protection plans are made available for purchase for each participant on Smart Student Travel’s overnight tours through a travel insurance provider. It is available as an option for one day tours by the Group Leader’s request. The protection plans offer a ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ benefit along with other benefits relating to tour cancellations or delays.
The following graphic demonstrates a sample of our complete process illustrating how we successfully facilitate Student/Educator travel.
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