Sunday, July 21, 2013

Student Group Travel Can Be A Whole Lot Of Fun

By Chelsea Evans

Excitement is high at the local high school as the principal announces the annual student group travel tour. Everyone is eager to go as this is said to be great fun. This year they are going to the international theme park as well as an ice show, visiting a movie set, scuba diving and travelling home by locomotive.

When it comes to planning such a trip there are many things to consider. Numerous people need to get involved and prices are to be kept to a minimum. This is no easy feat.

When it comes to getting the kids to the international theme park for the day you have to book an entire bus. Bus companies insist that you pay for this in advance and that you charter the entire bus irrespective of how many people there are in it. This means that you may have to pay for empty seats if the bus has more than 20 places.

Many companies are prepared to give group discounts if there are more than 20 people in the cluster. They will usually give you an area of space irrespective of if you fill it or not. They are also mostly insistent on upfront payments.

When it comes to arranging the trip to the theme park you have to book some busses to get the students there. Once you are there you have to pay the teller for the amount of people entering. Usually this is not done in advance but rather on the day at a special rate depending on how many kids there are.

When it comes to booking the places on the tour vehicles at the movie set, you are to pay in advance as they make many bookings for individuals on these vehicles and if you want the group to be kept together, you have to order the seats in advance. Here they will give you a reduction in the fee if there are more than 20 people.

The ice show insists that if there are more than 20 people you have to make a block booking to get a discount in price, but this does not include the front row tickets. You have to sit in the middle of the row. The company wants to be able to guarantee the seat has been booked and paid for in advance.

When booking the scuba diving course, they require you to pay upfront and then will only give you a discount for the kids younger than 14. This means that the majority of them have to pay in full. The company feels that some of the older kids will take more effort when training. A block booking is once again insisted upon.

For the student group travel ride home on the steam engine, you have to book and pay for the entire group 2 months in advance. Only children under the age of 14 get a reduced fee. The advance booking is to ensure that there is enough room for everyone to sleep and so that they can be prepared to cater for the volume you book for.

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