We signed our DS16 up for a 10 day tour of Italy with his class awhile back, and now that tour is coming up in a month. We will get info on plane tix and room assignments very shortly. I am starting to low key panic about all of this b/c it is not only his first trip like this, but the first time he will ever travel anywhere without us, except an overnight trip once. Most of the kids have parents traveling with them but he has no one. I decided not to go b/c I can’t keep up with the group, plus I wanted to go to spring break trip with DH and our other 2 kids.
This is what I know we need to do:
–find out if he’s supposed to only use carry on luggage or if he can have a checked bag. This is not obvious from the EF tours website (to me anyway…) and his sponsoring teacher is on a long leave and I haven’t heard back. If he can only have a carry on, will they be doing laundry? No idea.
–get him the international cell phone plan from Verizon and explain to him how to set it up.
–make sure that he has copies of his passport and other docs and passport photos in case of emergency (that news story about the group from the UK having all their passports destroyed by the hotel has led me to be more worried about this than before…).
–probably purchase a new luggage b/c ours have gotten to that so so state.
–have him learn a little Italian. He knows a couple words. He’s with an English speaking tour guide though.
–We’ve been going over basic stuff like what to expect at the airport and how to avoid scams in Italy. We’ve flown with him a few times but last was when he was 12 and he didn’t know any of the stuff like that you can’t go to the bathroom if the seatbelt light is lit, etc. I’m going to teach him how to check for bedbugs, which really worries me since they’ll be at many different hotels.
Thanks for any advice. I think this will be a great learning experience for him, I just don’t want to drop the ball on something important. We know the teacher who sponsored the trip pretty well and trust him.
I am worried however b/c DS does not pay attention, ever, to anything anyone says. He doesn’t intend to be like that, he just doesn’t pay attention. I am worried he’ll get split from the group and get lost etc. Also worried he’ll do something like walk out into traffic b/c it’s not going the same way he’s used to, etc. Most of this is scheduled tours but in the evenings the groups may go off on their own, I think they need a chaperone however. That is info I need to get from the sponsoring teacher. Please tell me anything you think I should know about these kinds of teens tours, thanks!