Learn & Experience

Teen Travel FAQs

I’m a parent interested in L&E Teen Travel for my child – what next?

If you’re interested in discussing our trips, please give us a ring at +44 (0)1756 730982.  We’ll be happy to discuss all aspects of L&E Teen Travel with you. You could also send us an e-mail any time at info@learnexperience.co.uk.

We work very hard to make the dynamics of each group work.  We try to have an even mix of boys and girls and we only usually allow one child from the same country (except the UK).

If you’re keen for your child to have an amazing L&E Teen Travel Experience then you can BOOK A TRIP . There is a 25% deposit needed to confirm the place.

The very nature of our Teen Travel programmes means that we can’t provide you detailed individual trip descriptions as each group’s experience will be unique. However, many common questions regarding our trips and way of traveling are answered right here in this FAQ.

Do most Teens Travellers (TTs) come by themselves or with a friend?

We actually recommend that they come by themselves. Group bonding happens very quickly and L&E TTs tend to make lasting friendships while traveling with us.  However, we can certainly consider teens applying together and will talk through the application process with both parents and teens

Are your trips for boys and girls?

Yes, our trips are all mixed, and boys and girls sleep in separate rooms on all of our trips. We will always try to get an even 50/50 split of girls and boys on each trip.

What is the Teen Travellers (TTs) to Travel Mentors (TMs) ratio?

Our minimum teen to adult ratio is 6:1, although typically our trips have a 5:1 or 4:1 ratio

Do you allow TTs to be unsupervised?

Our TTs have a lot of choice in how their time is spent, but our programme does not embrace the notion of no supervision (with the exception of certain situations which our L&E Travel Mentors deem safe enough). We do not allow TTs to leave the accommodation without a Travel Mentor.  Conversely, TMs are skilled at allowing the TTs space to breath and feel like an independent traveller

How do I stay in touch with my child?

All TTs will be allowed to bring their phones and obvisouly most accommodation will have WIFI but the TMs will certainly not be encouraging too much contact with home!  All TMs carry mobile phones at all times so parents may contact us at any time day or night, in case of emergency.  TTs will also have the TMs phone numbers in case they get separated from the group.

TMs & TTs will be writing a Travel Blog available on our website plus uploading photos everyday so parents can see their travelling experience from afar.

What are the safety procedures?

Safety is absolutely our number one concern at all times. We do everything in our power to make sure every trip is as safe as it can possibly be. We analyse every aspect of every trip in detail before setting out with the group, going over contingency plans and emergency numbers for each country. We carry first aid kits and are aware of the emergency numbers and procedures in each country that we visit. The safety of our TTs is constantly on our mind.

Our staff are made up of mature adults who are trained to think proactively about safety in every type of situation. All TMs are trained in First Aid and CPR. In addition, as with all our staff, we run background checks (DBS) and put staff through an extensive interview process before they are considered for employment with us.  They all then attend our L&E Teen Travel Training workshops.

Please bear in mind that the act of traveling itself will always include inherent risks. We may travel on airplanes, trains, buses, boats, and bicycles – and accidents can happen. If someone is injured or is ill, we will assess the situation and seek appropriate medical attention. We have access to English-speaking doctors (including L&E Founder, Dr Randa Ridgway) most of the time, and when we do not, our bilingual Travel Mentors function as translators.

Are flights included in the fees?

No, airfare is never included in the trip fees. As we have students joining us from all over the World, it is impossible for us to consistently price our trips to include flights. Contact our office at info@learnexperience.co.uk to find out which airports you need to find flights to.  Also, please do not book your flights until your programme has been confirmed.

My child is a vegetarian/vegan and/or has severe food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Can you accommodate him/her?

We can absolutely accommodate special diets, dietary restrictions, and food allergies with advance notice and communication. We accommodate vegetarians and food allergies on virtually every trip.  Don’t forget THEY choose what they eat!!

Should I purchase travel insurance?

Considering its relatively low cost, we STRONGLY recommend that you purchase traveler’s insurance for protection against trip cancellation due to medical/family emergencies, strikes and/or flight cancellations, lost baggage situations, full medical coverage abroad, and more.

What are the rules on your trips, and how do you enforce them?

We actually allow the groups to agree on some rules at the beginning of each trip however we do have four unbending and unbreakable rules, which can result in being sent home at the family’s expense:

1. No leaving the group without permission of a staff member

2. No drugs or alcohol

3. No inviting strangers into the group

4. No sexual activity

We take these rules seriously and we enforce them for your safety and the safety of the group.

What is included in the price of the trip?

The Teen Travellers will be allocated a budget which will challenge them to find the best deals but will certainly not prohibit them from having an amazing time.  The Travel Mentors will monitor this budget.

Included: All transportation, rail passes, accommodations, all breakfasts and evening meals, trip related activities and trip related activity admissions.

Not Included:  Airfare, insurance, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, .

What is the average age of your participants?

Our age range is from 15-17 years old...

What is the L&E Teen Travel style of traveling?

“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen

L&E Teen Travel really gives our Teen Travellers a lot of responsibility but they will not be alone; as well as the Travel Mentors they have EACH OTHER.  We strive to make sure our trips are carried out in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. Consideration for others, personal responsibility, teamwork and kindness are virtues we embrace at all levels every day and at all times. We consider the intangible aspects of travel to be very important. Bonding, friendships, respect and feeling cared for and valued are fundamental to our philosophy. Our participants are treated like adults and are expected to behave in an adult-like manner.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous

What types of accommodations do you use?

The TTs choose their own accommodation but the Travel Mentors will have the final say.  The two most important criteria for the accommodations are that they are safe and clean. They will also take into consideration the physical layout of the accommodation to help ease their ability to supervise.

Where do most L&E travellers come from?

All over the world!

Where do you eat, and how do you deal with picky eaters?

The evening meal, the main meal of the day, is typically taken in a restaurant but it is still a group decision and will be based on budget considerations. Lunch is usually a quicker meal eaten on the go (a picnic, a sandwich, pizza, or a salad), and breakfast is consistent with the culture being visited.

We know that many teenagers can be a little bit picky. We encourage TTs to try new things and broaden their horizons, as eating is always a central part of our cultural immersion experience. In any case, we can always  find something that will work for everyone.

Who are the staff on your trips?

Our staff are made up of mature adults who are trained to think proactively about safety in every type of situation. All TMs are trained in First Aid and CPR. In addition, as with all our staff, we run background checks (DBS) and put staff through an extensive interview process before they are considered for employment with us.  They all then attend our L&E Teen Travel Training workshops. The staff we choose are experienced, responsible, good natured, and fun, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. Most of our Trip Leaders have lived and studied or worked in their destination country and are extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of that place. The vast majority of them are also fluent in the language of that country.

It is the job of the staff to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and most importantly to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum staff to student ratios are one staff member to every seven participants, but usually the ratio is actually 1 to 4. Trip Leaders and Senior Travel Mentors account for most staff.

Who can go on your trips?

Teenagers (15-17 years old) from all over the world may participate in our trips.

What Language will be spoken in the group?

English will be the common language and all participants will certainly improve their English Language and communication during their time with us.

Why should I choose Learn & Experience?

Ultimately, there is not another travel experience like L&E Teen Travel.  Your children will gain an incredible amount from their experience.  We provide a totally unique mix of fun, learning, and cultural immersion on every one of our trips.   We also demonstrate an outstanding level of service and support that we believe is unmatched by any other travel company.

Our attention to detail in the planning stages of the trip is especially important for your child to have a first-rate experience.  Furthermore, our Travel Mentors have all lived or worked in the places your teen is going. Once the trip is on the ground, our experienced team of Travel Mentors make sure that the trip runs smoothly and that everybody is having a great time. We pride ourselves on our personal approach, something that we know you and your children appreciate.