Secondary School Parent

You have questions, we have answers. WorldStrides understands that choosing an educational travel program is an important decision that raises many questions for parents of secondary school students. Browse our FAQ or contact us so we can tell you everything you need to know

Questions About

Can students apply or receive frequent flyer miles for the trip?

Due to the nature of group travel and the discounted group rates we receive, not all airlines allow the use of frequent flyer programs. Additionally, travellers are not eligible to receive frequent flyer miles for their travel.

  • To find out whether the airlines for your tour allow for frequent flyer points, please check with your coordinator at the time of your booking.

Individual travel program and tertiary students travelling individually may be eligible to redeem / earn miles and should contact their WorldStrides tour coordinator with specific questions.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly recommend that all participants take out travel insurance for the duration of their trip. Through our partnership with QBE, travellers can take advantage of a policy specifically for school groups that include at least 1 teacher and eight students at specially negotiated rates. Please contact us on 1800 331 050 for a copy of our current policy, or for further information. Please note the cost of insurance is not included in your quoted program cost and can be added if required.

How much spending money should students bring?

The amount of spending money students need to bring depends on the destination and length of the tour. It’s also a personal preference – meaning that if you want to buy a lot of souvenirs, then you’ll need to bring more spending money. As a general guide, we recommend spending money to purchase snacks and souvenirs for programs lasting three or more days.

Be sure to check the information provided to you by the teacher leading the trip as some schools do not allow additional spending money. On some of our programs, not all the meals are included so students will want to bring additional to buy lunch each day.

What is the best way to carry money?

Students carrying money should be advised to keep cash in a safe place such as a money belt or wallet in a secure pocket. Where possible, it is best for travellers to carry only what they may need for the day, and secure the rest of their cash in their luggage.

For international travel, you may take a cash passport, credit card or bankcard that can be used at international ATMs. Remember to check with your credit card company or bank to make sure your card will work overseas. Travellers checks are not recommended, and not allowed for minors.

What type of accommodation will we stay in?

WorldStrides takes pride in providing safe, quality accommodations for all programs. Depending on the trip type/preference, we utilise a range of accommodation options, including hotels, hostels, guest houses and homestays and are inspected by WorldStrides staff and partners for cleanliness, quality, and location on an ongoing basis.

For international travel, WorldStrides generally uses centrally located 3 and 4 star hotels that have excellent access to sights and transportation. Some graduate programs may use 5 star properties. Please note students on some programs may participate in activities such as camping in tents or cabins, per the itinerary.

What will the weather be like at the snow?

On the Australian mountains, the average temperature in June-August is between -3 and +2 C. In September, it is between -1 and +5C, requiring strong sun protection and fewer layers.