Safety guidelines for travelers

We strongly encourage parents to talk to their child about good decision-making and personal responsibility while on tour, as well as the importance of following all safety advice and instructions they receive. While your group’s Tour Director and Group Leader will work together to provide an enjoyable and safe tour experience, everyone in the group must cooperate and demonstrate good common sense while traveling.

We advise our travelers to:

Be proactive about personal safety
Nothing can replace old-fashioned common sense when it comes to being safe while traveling. We advise travelers to leave the expensive clothes and jewelry at home, to always travel in a group, to choose well-lit streets and to be aware of their surroundings and other people at all times.

Be on time
For group travel to go smoothly, each member of the group must be punctual and demonstrate respect to the Tour Director and all travelers in the group.

Keep all possessions in a safe place
Travelers are responsible for their possessions. It’s best not to leave valuables behind on the bus or at the hotel, unless locked in a safe. Also, popular tourist areas attract pickpockets. We recommend that travelers keep their money in travel pouches that can be worn under clothes.

Wear their ID badge and carry contact numbers
Before departure, every traveler will get an EF Explore America ID badge. The ID badge provides contact information for the Group Leader, a chaperone and our 24-hour emergency service. Your child should also bring contact information for each hotel on the itinerary. You can access the itinerary by logging in to your child’s account at

Travelers and parents also have access to EF’s 24-hr emergency phone number at 800-503-2323.