Subject: Student Tour Groups
I second the advice to look carefully into any student tour group operators--having dealt with the same operator since 1979 in taking thousands of kids all over the world, I have seen many other companies come and go. In fact, the company I deal with took it upon themselves to rescue lots of the groups (absorbing the cost themselves) stuck in Europe when the company Tom talked about folded a number of years ago. Before I went with my company, I had a bank president friend in Boston (their headquarters), so an extensive check on them through all of his contacts--and thus made a wise choice. The same advice goes for making payments to cruise lines, to adult tour operators, to insurance companies, to transporters. Some fail totally unexpectedly, but often some careful checking on your part can prevent disasters. Happy travels, Pat in Baltimore