- Stay awake and assimilate to the new local time. High school students and adults alike will be exhausted from air travel and might feel like napping, but the best way to prevent jet lag is to re-set your watch and move forward on the new local schedule. Try to go to bed at a normal hour and get a good night’s sleep that first evening abroad.
- Be prepared for a delayed check-in. Hotel rooms may not be ready when you first arrive, but that doesn’t need to stop you from starting to explore. Have students pack in advance so that anything they need for sightseeing is in a small portable bag and the hotel will securely store the rest of your luggage until you return.
- Make introductions. If you’re sharing a bus with another group, bring all the travelers together with the other group leader(s) and your tour manager to learn names and a bit about where everyone is from.
- Review a map. Find the hotel and get oriented. Note where you are in relation to the landmarks you’ll be seeing during your stay as part of the itinerary.
- Take a group photo. At the end of the trip, ask your students to remember back to that moment on the first day of their tour. What has changed? What have they learned? How do they feel? It’s a great way to realize how much they’ve grown and gained in awareness in just a short time.
Do some research, be prepared. And remember, your ACIS Tour Manager is there to help you get acclimated and comfortable your new surroundings. They know the ins and outs of high school student travel as well as the city in which you’ve landed—so don’t hesitate to ask them for advice or a recommendation!
For ideas on what to see and do in your specific arrival city, visit ACIS’ Explore-a-tour-ium, select your tour from the drop-down list and click the What to See tab.
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