TRIP PREPARATION

GET READY TO GET PREPARED

PLAN FOR YOUR TRIP

The following sections are designed to give you access to some valuable resources which will help you get ready for your summer teen tours. If you have questions, you are always welcome to give us a call or send us an email.

Gear · Flight information · Passports and Visas · Travel resources · Weather · Travel insurance · Activities · Books
 


GEAR

Check out your specific trip page for your pack list.  All items on the pack list are important and will be used sometime during your trip, so please pack what’s on the list.  With that in mind please limit additional items -space is limited.  Everything must fit in your large duffel bag and your day pack.  Getting your gear together (either borrowing/renting/buying) is a fun and exciting time.  If you have any questions about gear or clothing, email or give us a call, we can help!  Here are some great resources to help you find the right gear for your summer teen tours.  Check out your gear list for some TWT recommendations.  You can also give us a call with any questions.  How to choose a:

You can purchase or rent all gear from just about any outdoor store. If you don’t have a favorite, check out a few of The Wild Traveler’s favorite places to buy gear:

 


FLIGHTS

Let us know when you are ready to book your flight. We know that flying solo as a teenager can be an extremely exciting (and at the same time slightly nerve-racking – sometimes more so for the parents). Our goal is to get at least two Wild Traveler participants on each flight whenever possible.

Email or fax The Wild Traveler with your flight info as soon as it’s finalized so we can coordinate flights as needed.

All participants will be met at their destination airports by their Wild Traveler leaders. Our leaders will check in with each family after meeting each participant to let you know they made it safely and to answer any last minute questions. Participants under the age of 15 may need to fly as an “unaccompanied minor”. Rules differ from airline to airline – ask the airline directly or give us a call – we can help!


READY TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHT?

Choose your favorite travel agent or website for booking your airfare ticket. Wild Traveler participants must ARRIVE at their destination airport NO LATER THAN 3:00PM. Flights MUST DEPART NO EARLIER THAN 12:00AM on DEPARTURE DAY. Need help finding a flight that fits our time criteria? Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll send you a few different options you can choose from. Don’t have a favorite site for purchasing flights? The Wild Traveler enjoys the ease of using:

  • Kayak – www.kayak.com – Kayak searches hundreds of sites at once. You can also easily compare prices and schedules with other travel sites.

Other sites include:

Check and double check flight delays directly with your airlines:


US DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Passports:

American Citizens under the age of 18 ARE NOT REQUIRED to carry picture identification for flying WITHIN THE USA. A passport IS REQUIRED IF FLYING INTERNATIONALLY.  If you are interested in obtaining your passport for future foreign travel check out: www.travel.state.gov/passport Foreign Citizens will need to obtain their country’s passport prior to traveling on a trip with The Wild Traveler.

Visas:

Foreign Citizens will most likely need to obtain a temporary visa as well as their country’s passport before traveling on one of our summer teen tours. The US Department of State will provide you with all of the information needed for obtaining your temporary visa at: www.travel.state.gov/visa


TRAVEL RESOURCES

The CIA World Factbook – The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

International Travel Warnings – The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. You’ll find country specific information, travel alerts, and travel warnings.  Sign up for automatic updates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Traveling abroad?  Click on the country you plan on traveling to for information regarding current travel notices, recommended vaccinations, clinic locations, and more.


WEATHER

National Weather Service – Provides forecasts, observations, climate data and much more for your city and county from one of the 122 local offices that blanket America and its territories.The Weather Channel – The Weather Channel and weather.com provide a national and local weather forecast for cities, as well as weather radar, report and hurricane coverage.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

The Wild Traveler recommends purchasing travel insurance for all summer teen tours.  Travel insurance policies will help recoup some of the expenses lost from canceling due to injury or illness prior to your departure date. Most policies will cover the cost of  emergency medical bills, pre existing medical conditions (if purchased within 15 days of trip registration), lost or stolen luggage, and so much more.  If you don’t already have a travel insurance provider, The Wild Traveler recommends using Travel Guard Chartis. Travel Guard allows you to customize your insurance plan to fit our summer teen tours.


ACTIVITIES

Backpack Gear Test – Backpack gear test provides impartial gear reviews on all of the equipment and more that you will need to acquire before your trip.   From sleeping pads to sleeping bags to rain jackets these guys and girls well let you know what works best.  Still have gear questions?  Give The Wild Traveler a call or send us an email.

PADI  –  Professional Association of Diving Instructors:  With more than forty years experience, over 135,000 PADI Professionals and more than 6,000 dive shops and resorts worldwide – PADI is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization.

Surfline – Surfers from around the world choose Surfline for dependable and up to date surfing forecasts and high quality surf content, live surf cams and features.


BOOKS

Hawaii

Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips by Tom Hall

This book aims to pass on proved travel tips – and the odd insider secret – that even seasoned travelers will benefit from.  You’ll definitely have a lot of fun putting some of the suggestions here into practice.

Hawaii/ Kauai Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz

Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook’s voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice.  Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook’s vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farm boy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history.

Shoal of Time – A history of the Hawaiian Islands by Gavan Daws

Starting with the Western discovery of the islands in 1778–on through the days of the whalers, the missionary period, the plantation era with its vast numbers of Oriental immigrants, to the fall of the Hawaiian monarchy, annexation by the United States, and the long, slow move to statehood–the characters and events of Hawaii’s past shine with new vitality and immediacy.

Hawaii The Big Island Revealed:  The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty and Leona

Includes a brief history of the islands, an introduction to Hawaiian culture, and reviews of every beach, trail, and activity on the Island. The result is this comprehensive, humorous and easy-to-read full color guide that will lead you to more adventures than any other book. A must for travelers.

Peppo’s Pidgin to Da Max by Douglas Simonson

The popular local Hawaii book classic and favorite pidgin dictionary.  This book has the definitions of most of the words and phrases given in Pidgin, the book is intended to be a humorous introspective for Hawaii’s locals about the language they speak on a day-to-day basis.