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What's included

Permission Questions

Chaperone Questions

Payment Questions

About the bus

Trip Rules

General Questions

Can I bring a friend, host brother or host sister?  Host families may attend.  You may bring a host brother or sister who is between 15 1/2 and 19 years old.  You may not bring friends.

Can I share a room with my friend?

Yes, however all rooms are assigned same gender. Most students do not know anyone before the tour begins, but everyone goes home with lots of new friends.  If you do not request a roommate at least 30 days before the tour, we will assign you roommates.

How many suitcases can I bring?

You may bring 1 suitcase and 1 back pack or other small carry on bag. For the East Coast and Florida trips, you should also bring a pillow and small blanket.

Do you have an emergency phone number for my parents while I am on tour?

Explore America Tours, Inc. office will be open during business hours.  Students and Host families are also given all hotel phone numbers. 

We maintains a 24-hour emergency contact telephone number while you are on tour, just in case you need to be contacted in a hurry, but this is only for true emergencies.

Can I meet my friend who lives in the city we are visiting?

You may not visit any who is not on the tour unless who have written permission from your YFU representative before the tour begins.  We need to have a copy of this permission letter before the tour be gins..


What is Included

What is included in the tour cost?

We include breakfast, dinner, entrance fees to all listed attractions, transportation while on tour, quad occupancy hotel accommodations (4 per room, 2 per bed), professional tour staff, chaperones, taxes and tips.  Meals include beverage, tax and tip.

What else do I need to pay for?

 Money for lunches, shopping , and other personal expenses are not included. 80% of students say they spend between $5-$10 per day on lunch and snacks.  A few students spend less or nothing, and the rest spend more.     

How much should I bring for shopping?

Shopping budgets are up to you.  The average student reports spending about $150-225 on souvenirs and shopping for week long trips, Students reported spending between $30 and $400 last year in New York, and much less on short trips.

Permission Questions

Can I take more than one tour?

Yes, you can take as many tours as you are permitted to join by your school, YFU, natural family and host family.

Can YFU refuse me permission to travel?

Yes. If your grades are not satisfactory or if you are on probation for bad behavior, you will not be allowed to join a tours.

Can my school refuse to let me miss class to participate? 

Every school has its own attendance policies.  Your school may refuse to let you attend.  Or they may make you complete missed work before your tour begins. 

Must I have written permission from my natural parents?

Yes, there is a natural parent form that must be completed and either faxed mailed, or scanned and emailed back to us.

When are the forms due?

at least 30 days before travel

Can I fax my forms?

Yes, that is why there is a fax number on them

Where can I get the forms?


Chaperone Questions

Are these tours chaperoned?

All Explore America programs are chaperoned and supervised day and night by our professional tour staff as well as chaperones from YFU.   We also have nighttime security at the hotel.

Are there times when students are not supervised?

Yes, inside amusement parks, malls and other shopping areas students are free to explore in groups of 3 or more.

How many adults will there be ?

It depends on the trip, but there are generally 3-4 adults per bus.

How can I be a chaperone?

You must be an active YFU volunteer to be considered as a chaperone. Contact your district office.

Payment Questions

When do I have to pay for my trip?

We will not hold your space without payment.  For the short trips, you must pay for the whole trip at one time.  For the New York and DC trip you must pay $100 to hold your space.  For the New York and DC tour, the balance of payment is due at lest 45 days before travel.

How can I pay?

You may use credit cards, checks, money orders or travelers checks.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes, for all tours costing more than $250 you may pay in installments.  The balance can be paid either by credit card, check, money order or travelers checks (in installments) up until the due date.  We do not care how many payments you make, as long as you pay the whole thing.

Can I change my mind or cancel?

If you cancel more than 60 days before the tour date, you will receive a full refund, less a $50 cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 60-45 days before the tour, there will be a $100.00 cancellation fee.

If you cancel less than 45 days before the tour date, there will be no refund. 

When do I have finish paying ?

Florida: $100 to hold your space.  The balance is due by Jan1st.

East Coast trip:   The balance is due by Feb. 5th.


The Bus

What about the bus stops - how do we get one closer to where we live?

The bus stops listed are preliminary until we see where those who signed up live. 

Can we eat on the bus?

You may eat or drink on the bus as long as you keep the bus clean and remove all garbage at every stop.  Drinks must have lids, and no ice cream or gum.


Tour chaperones will have DVD's.  You may bring your own, but generally we do not screen R rated movies.   Chaperones have final say on which movies we will play.

Many chaperones may ask you to move around the bus, and meet others on board.


Trip Rules

Violation of trip rules may result in Explore America OR YFU grounding a student or ending a student’s tour participation.  If a student is sent home early from this trip, there is no refund.  In addition, the student will have to purchase an airline ticket at his or her own expense.  YFU reserves the right to take additional disciplinary action as needed


          You must follow all laws of the United States, the various states and cities we visit, rules of your host organization,

    There is a nightly curfew.  All students must remain in their rooms after curfew.  Students have assigned rooms for the tour duration. 

    During any free time activities, students must stay in groups of 3 or more.  Groups of 3 or more are for student safety. 

    Students may socialize with any other students on the trip, but not with non-tour participants.  Students may not have anyone in their room that is not part of the tour. 

    Body Alterations:  No piecing, tattoos, hair dye or other alterations to your current appearance.  If you want a make-over wait until you get home.

    This is an English language trip.  We speak English and only English.  If your roommates do not all speak the same language, your room should be

    Many  U.S. cities have curfew laws for those under 18 when not accompanied by an adult.   Students may be out later than that, but only with a chaperones. 

    You may not visit with anyone who is not on tour unless you have prior written permission from your representative.

    Drinking and Drugs.  Alcohol or drugs will result in immediate trip termination.  We believe in collective responsibility.  That means if students are in a room with drugs or alcohol, they are guilty as well, even if it belongs to a roommate.  Let the host organizations determine if the student is lying or telling the truth.

    Nothing with wheels or motors.  That means no roller-skates, bikes, motorcycles, taxi’s, or buses or anything else with wheels or motors unless your chaperones or guides give specific permission.

    If you are removed from a trip, you may be responsible for the cost of an airline ticket home.  If you are disciplined on a trip

           you may not be allowed to travel with us again.

          Your guides and chaperones may share other rules with you.



For trip information call, for any other YFU information, please call your local representative, or your district office.


Founder's District
(IN, KY, MI, TN)
6264 Dixie Highway
Bridgeport, MI 48722
Phone: 989-777-4420
Fax: 989-777-3270