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While the Globus family of brands has already included the major components of the trip, there will be times when students will need additional spending money. As a general guideline, we recommend each traveler budget $20-40 in spending money each day for lunches and of course shopping for souvenirs! Please check your documents to see if optional excursions are offered since these will call for additional funds.
Student Discoveries provides breakfast and dinner daily unless otherwise stated in your itinerary. Students start each day with a full continental breakfast. They'll enjoy delicious dinners with choice of entrees. Whenever possible, we include dinner at a local restaurant so students can sample the specialties of the area. Lunch is an opportunity for the students to taste the local fare.
To ensure your safety and comfort, hotels are pre-screened and selected for their high quality. Our hotels are always located in good neighborhoods, mostly in residential areas. Rooms at all our hotels include private bath or shower and a toilet.
Students will share rooms with 2 or 3 roommates of the same gender as assigned by the group leader. Triple and quad rooms will be furnished with existing bedding; either three twin beds or two double beds which may be shared. Quad accommodations are not available on vacation destinations outside the United States.
Hotels are mainly moderate first class or superior tourist class hotels. Our hotel ratings follow standards set by the independent Hotel & Travel Index or by national tourist boards. The specific rating for each contract hotel is determined by our quality controllers.
Students will travel by fully air-conditioned motorcoach for most itineraries and destinations. In some instances abroad, travelers will be provided with a Daily Tube/ Métro Pass for transportation.
Days will be filled with sightseeing. Many tours will be on foot, so travelers should be prepared for a lot of walking.
Before traveling be sure to:
While major U. S. credit cards are widely accepted, some local shops and restaurants require a minimum purchase amount (so they may not be appropriate for incidentals such as snacks, sundries, etc.). Also, you might consider bringing more than one card, as some locations may not accept all types. And be prepared to show identification (i.e. your passport) when making a credit card transaction.
While they're a secure means of carrying money, traveler's checks have become much less common and are therefore sometimes difficult to use abroad. In most cases, you won't be able to use checks as cash to purchase items in stores or pay for restaurant meals; instead exchange checks for currency at a local bank. On the rare occasions that you are able to use check as cash, a processing fee may be applied (usually 2-3%), so if you do bring them, we suggest larger denominations ($50, $100) to minimize the impact of this fee.
When traveling overseas, crossing multiple time zones may upset your body's natural biorhythms. But jet lag doesn't have to put a damper on your vacation. Here are a few tips to make the transition to a new time zone (and an enchanting new place) just a bit easier:
Ask your Tour Director for information, as long-distance calling cards (AT&T/MCI/Bell/Telstra/
Telecom etc.) are not always your best option. If you do use them, please be aware that
different access codes apply, depending on the country you are calling from (remember to
bring this information with you from home); hotels will probably make a connecting charge
even to toll-free numbers; various international long distance calling cards or local phone
cards may be available at post offices.