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  1. Here is the trip description and registration link: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/pioneer-campout/ Are spots still available for this trip? Wagon spots are full, but tent spots are still available until September 23. I live in the area - can I join your group for the day? The ranch won't allow non-campers to enter the wagon area. I feel uncomfortable sharing a wagon with people I don't know. What can I do? A lot of families travel with friends and request to share a wagon, and others opt for a private wagon (if we have any empty wagons left). Others bring tents (and pay a cheaper price). Do whatever you feel comfortable with. I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price? Children ages 2 and under can go free with proof of age. Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!
  2. Here is the trip description and registration link: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/grand-canyon-road-trip/ Was this road trip originally planned for 2019? Yes, but I moved it to 2020 to allow us more time to plan other road trips leading up to and following this one. I'll announce them as soon as details are finalized. Are spots still available for this trip? Spots are still available. I'll update this FAQ and my website when we're full. When are the educational programs scheduled? Programs are tentatively scheduled for Monday-Thursday. I'll post more details as they're finalized. Will we go on long hikes over rough terrain? Walks/hikes will be 2 miles or less (likely less), over even terrain. Will there be evolutionary content? Program staff are sensitive to evolutionary content (for example – they will describe things as adaptations instead of evolution, will present concepts as theories, etc.). However, you can opt out of any program that you feel would be against your beliefs, or use the program as fodder for family discussions later. (The price remains the same.) I live in the area - can I join your group for the day? I'm not arranging hotels, transportation, etc., for this trip, so you're welcome to register for the trip. The fee is the same, regardless of how many days you join us, or where you stay. Can I choose my own hotel? Can I use points for my hotel? Yes to both - families make their own hotel, campground, whatever, arrangements for my road trips, so choose whatever hotel or campground works best for your family. I'll try to get a group block of rooms on the rim for us. I'll provide more information and suggestions to registered families. I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price? Children ages 4 and younger are free, but they won't be able to attend the educational programs. A parent, grandparent , etc., will need to stay behind with them while the older children attend with the other parent or adult. I have a 4-year-old (or younger) and older children, and no other adult will be going with us. Can we attend the educational programs together? Children ages 4 and younger can't attend the educational programs, and older students must have an adult with them during programs. I recommend recruiting a grandparent, uncle, aunt, adult friend, etc., to go with you. You can alternate doing the programs with your older child(ren) while the other adult watches the younger child(ren). We're flying in. What airports do you recommend? Phoenix (PHX) is the closest major airport to the South Rim (231 miles), and Las Vegas (LAS) is the next (274 miles). Flagstaff (FLG) is the closest small airport (81 miles), but may be more expensive. Research all of them to see what the best option is for your family. Will I need a car for this trip? You can fly into the area (see above) and hire a shuttle to the Grand Canyon, then use the Canyon's shuttle service to get around. Renting a car would likely be less expensive and more convenient, though. I'll explain the different alternatives to registered families. Can you give me an estimate for hotel, campground, transportation, flights, etc.? I can't give you an estimate since each family has different needs, prefer different types of accommodations, and will be traveling from different states. Research the different options available and see what best meets your needs. To reduce the cost of your trip, use hotel points, credit card rewards points for flights or rental cars, etc. Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!
  3. Dianna

    Universal 2019 - FAQs

    What dates are our tickets valid for? Tickets will be valid November 1-30. However, all park days must be used within 7 days. For example, if you use the first park day on November 1, you'll need to use remaining day(s) November 7. They'll expire after that and unused days won't be refunded. What type of tickets will you offer? We're offering 2-day, 2-park, and 3-day, 3-park tickets this year. See my website for more information about each. Do the tickets include tax, etc.? The price includes everything. There are no hidden charges. Are the tickets discounted? Yes, you're saving $143+ per 2-day, 2-park ticket, and $165+ per 3-day, 3-park ticket that includes Volcano Bay, comparing it to the online price discounted price. Do I have to register for the Disney trip, too? No, they're two separate trips, so you can register for one and not the other. I want to do Disney World *and* Universal. Do I need to register and pay for them at the same time? No, you can register for one now, and wait until later to register for the other one. Will you offer the behind-the-scenes tour (educational program) again? In order to streamline, I'm not coordinating any educational programs at Universal this fall. Will you get discounts at a Universal hotel for our group? Not this fall. I may in the future. If we stay onsite at a Universal Resort, will we be able to get the Early Admission perks with these tickets? Early Admission is tied to your resort stay, so you'll get Early Admission through your hotel room key, even with our tickets. Enjoy! Have more questions? Post them in this thread and I'll answer as soon as possible. Universal Trip & Registration Link: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/universal/
  4. Here is the trip description and registration link: http://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/washington-dc/ Is the price quoted per family, or per person? The prices are per family, not per person. Are spots still available for this trip? We've reached our maximum, but are still accepting waitlist registrations in case of cancellations. I live in the area - can I join your group for the day? We have a limited number of tour spots, so they're reserved for my group. Can we opt out of the hotel, specific tours, etc.? We need to maintain minimums to qualify for group discounts. Also, I'm contracted to pay for a minimum number of hotel rooms to get the cheaper rates, so you can't opt out of the hotel. You can opt out of any tour on the itinerary, but you won't receive a refund for any missed tours/events, and you'll have to arrange for your own transportation to the next tour. What hotel will we be using? What type of hotel is it? Until our itinerary is finalized something may change, so I wait to share hotel information, itinerary, etc., until closer to our travel dates. All of the hotels I partner with are mid-range (for price and value), highly rated, family-friendly, in good areas of town, and near restaurants. I have a family of 5, 6, 7, (etc.) - can we all share one room? I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price? The hotel allows a maximum of four people per room due to fire codes. If you have more in your party, you'll have to get two (or more) rooms. This trip is limited to ages 5 and up. I read you're using buses this time. Will there be much walking? Should people with mobility issues go on this trip? Even with buses, we'll still walk a lot on this trip. Due that and logistical issues, I don't recommend this trip for anyone with mobility problems. I have a family of 5 or 6 or 7 or 8. What's the price? Family of 5: combine the price for a family of 2 and a family of 3. Family of 6: double the price for a family of 3. Family of 7: combine the price for a party of 3 and a party of 4. Family of 8: double the price for a party of 4. And so on... Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!
  5. Here is the trip description and registration link: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/philadelphia/ Is the price per family, or per person? The prices are per family, not per person. Is this trip full? How do I get on the waiting list? We're at our max for this trip, but may have cancellations. To get on the waiting list, please submit a registration form as you normally would. You'll have to pay a $250 per-person non-refundable deposit to confirm your spots on the waiting list. (I'll send you an email with payment information after I receive your registration.) If spots come available, your deposit will be applied to your total. If spots don't come available by May 31, 2019, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you decide not to go after being offered spots, your deposit will not be refunded. So, in other words, make sure you really do want to go before registering. I live in the area - can I join your group for the day? We have a limited number of tour spots, so they're reserved for my group. Can we opt out of the hotel, specific tours, etc.? We need to maintain minimums to qualify for group discounts. Since I'm contracted to pay for a minimum number of hotel rooms to get the cheaper rates, you can't opt out of the hotel. You can opt out of any tour on the itinerary, but you won't receive a refund for any missed tours/events. What hotel will we be using? What type of hotel is it? I'll share hotel information, itinerary, etc., closer to our travel dates in case there are unexpected changes. All of the hotels I partner with are mid-range (for price and value), highly rated, family-friendly, in good areas of town, and near restaurants. I have a family of 7, 8, 9, etc., and have very young children. Can we all share one room? The hotel I use allows up to 6 per room (with smaller children using the sofabed). If you have more than that, you'll have to get another room. This trip is limited to ages 8 and up due to the history focus and heavy walking. I have a family of 7 or 8 or more. What's the price? If you have a larger family, combine the price for a party of 3 and a party of 4 if you have 7, or double the price for a party of 4 if you have 8, etc. I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price? This trip is limited to ages 8 and up, and everyone counts in the price. Should people with mobility issues go on this trip. Due to the heavy walking associated with this trip and logistical issues with using the subway and buses, I don't recommend this trip for anyone with mobility problems. Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!
  6. Dianna

    Boston 2019 - FAQs

    Here is the trip description and registration link: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/boston/ Is the price per family, or per person? The prices are per family, not per person. This trip is already full? How do I get on the waiting list? To get on the list, please submit a registration form as you normally would. You'll have to pay a $250 per-person non-refundable deposit to confirm your spots on the waiting list. (I'll send you an email with payment information after I receive your registration.) If spots come available, your deposit will be applied to your total. If spots don't come available by June 29, 2019, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you decide not to go after being offered spots, your deposit will not be refunded. So, in other words, make sure you really do want to go before registering for my waiting list. I live in the area - can I join your group for the day? We have a limited number of tour spots, so they're reserved for my group. Can we opt out of the hotel, specific tours, etc.? We need to maintain minimums to qualify for group discounts. Since I'm contracted to pay for a minimum number of hotel rooms to get the cheaper rates, you can't opt out of the hotel. You can opt out of any tour on the itinerary, but you won't receive a refund for any missed tours/events. What hotel will we be using? What type of hotel is it? I'll share hotel information, itinerary, etc., closer to our travel dates in case there are unexpected changes. All of the hotels I partner with are mid-range (for price and value), highly rated, family-friendly, in good areas of town, and near restaurants. I have a family of 7, 8, 9, etc., and have very young children. Can we all share one room? The hotel I use allows up to 6 per room (if bigger rooms) are available). If you have more than that, you'll have to get another room. This trip is limited to ages 10 and up due to the heavy history focus. I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price? This trip is limited to ages 10 and up. Should people with mobility issues go on this trip. Due to the heavy walking associated with this trip and logistical issues with using the metro, I don't recommend this trip for anyone with mobility problems. I have a family of 7 or 8 or more. What's the price? If you have a larger family, combine the price for a party of 3 and a party of 4 if you have 7, or double the price for a party of 4 if you have 8, etc. Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!
  7. Here is the trip description and registration link: https://www.travelinghomeschoolers.com/rhine-river-cruise/ Is the trip still open? What cabins are left? We’re currently at our max, but I'll put your registration on our waiting list and will let you know if spots come available. Please be prepared to pay in full. Regretfully, I can’t hold spots past the payment due date or offer other payment plans. NOTE: I can’t tell you how long your wait might be. Not all families on waiting lists will follow through if offered spots, so even if there are 10 (or 100) families ahead of you, you may actually be the next family on the list. Is the price quoted per person? It's per cabin, and per person. Read the description under each cabin type for pricing. Wow! That's a lot of money to send to someone I don't know. And no refunds! Can you provide references? You're right to hesitate before sending money to anyone you don't know, especially someone you "met" on the internet. I could provide references from families who've traveled with me since I began doing these trips in 2006, but the references could be faked. Instead, read my About page to find out more about our organization, then do a search of “Carolina Homeschooler trips" and "Traveling Homeschooler trips." If I’ve cheated anyone, it’ll be all over the internet. My “Traveling Homeschoolers” name is newer, created in 2016 to differentiate between my local member trips, and trips that are open to everyone, so search both names. You can also get a sense of who we are if you follow/read my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/travelinghomeschoolers/ Please don’t register for any of my trips or send me money until you trust me. It's just too stressful! Do you think you'll fill the ship and be able to confirm the trip? We were able to with our first river cruise on the Danube. We had such an amazing experience on that trip that most of those families said they plan to go on the next cruise, too. If their plans haven't changed, I think there's a very good chance we'll fill the ship and be able to confirm by summer of 2019. Update 7/21/18: The ship is full, but we're accepting waitlist registrations. So... did you enjoy your Danube River Cruise? Yes. Absolutely yes. It was amazing in all respects. Most (maybe all) of us were ready to write the check for the next one before we left the ship. The adults loved it and the children (even the teens) loved it. I've never been on a river cruise before. Can you give me an idea of the ship, activities, etc.? The ship may change (since it's 2 years out), but I think most river cruise ships are typical - the top deck is open for viewing and hanging out in the sun. The remaining decks are half cabins, half social areas (lounge, seating areas, restaurants, etc.). The cabins are 170 sq ft, and have French balconies, with two twins or 1 queen (they hook the twins together to make the queen). My website explains what meals, amenities, etc., are included in the price (almost everything). The focus of river cruises is on the places we'll be visiting, not the ship (the opposite of ocean cruises), so there aren't a lot of planned ship activities during the day (because we're out touring). In the evenings, we enjoy socializing, playing games, getting to know each other, etc., and they often bring local entertainment (musicians, etc.) on board. There’s plenty to do, but also time for parents and children to socialize and bond. And they did plenty of that on our Danube cruise - it was wonderful! How big are the cabins and beds? Most of the cabins are 170 square feet. The two single cabins are smaller, and the suites are bigger. Check the cabin descriptions at my website for more information about each. The beds are smaller than US twins and queens. I had no complaints last time about the size of the beds, but if you have 3 in your party (with one age 10 or younger), really think about whether you want to share two twins or one queen among 3 people. Does your website list everything we're doing? Cruise itineraries for 2020 haven't been finalized yet and is subject to change. We usually have a choice of tours each day, too, so you'll have a lot of choices - tours, walks, hikes, bike rides, etc. When will you post information about the Amsterdam and Switzerland extensions? Information about both is now available at my website. I have young children. Can we all share one room? You can have 3 in a cabin as long as one person is an adult (age 18 and up) and one is age 10 or under as of March 19, 2020 (age verification will be required). However, all three must use existing bedding (two twins or one queen that are smaller than US twins/queens). They can't add bedding (due to size of the cabins and safety issues). This trip is recommended for ages 8 and up. Do they have cabins for families of 4, 5, 6...? Cabins hold 2 people, or 3 as long as one person is an adult (age 18 and up) and one is age 10 or under as of March 19, 2020 (age verification will be required). Larger families will need more than one cabin. I have a baby, toddler, preschooler - do they count in the price? This trip is recommended for ages 8 and up, but everyone, regardless of age, counts in the price. Should people with mobility issues go on this trip. We'll have "gentle walker" versions of most tours to accommodate travelers with mobility issues. Describe your issues in the "special needs" section of the registration form and I'll make sure we can accommodate your issues before I confirm your spots and you mail your payment. What cities will we fly to/out of? Our cruise begins in Amsterdam, and ends in Basel, Switzerland. If you're doing the optional post-trip extension in Switzerland, we'll end in Zurich. What payment methods do you accept? Checks (personal and BillPay through your bank - not PopMoney), and transfers through Zelle (if your bank offers that service). I don't accept credit card payments for this trip. Have any other questions? Please reply in this thread and I'll answer and add it to the list!
  8. How does everyone afford all your trips? Most families don't go on every trip with me. They choose one trip a year, and save for that one trip. Also, sometimes one parent will take one or two children on a trip one year, and one or two other children the next year. We really want to join you, but we can't come up with all the money immediately when you announce a trip. For some trips, I have a payment schedule, so you don't have to pay all at once. For others, full payment is due upfront (within 7 days of my confirmation email). Full-payment trips are usually offered every year, so you can plan for them and save each month. When I announce the trip you want, you can register, knowing that the money for it is already waiting. But how does everyone find the money to save? We're not rich! Here are some answers from my travelers: We value experiences more than things. We never buy new cars, or anything else that we can buy good-quality used. We use the money we save to travel. I got a part-time job and put all the money from that into a separate travel account. I electronically deposit a little each paycheck in a bank in another town. I don't have online access to it, and it's far enough away that it's hard for me to "borrow" money from it for other things. So when there's a trip I want to take, the money is there waiting for me. We live in a house about half the size of what we could afford. I drive a 2002 car that we stay up to date with repairs on. We specifically chose to live in a region with a low cost of living. Use trips for birthday and Christmas gifts. Just be careful not to fall to the temptation to double down. We live simply. We don’t have many material possessions, but we have extraordinary experiences. It’s a question of priorities. I do work from home in the evenings for a local family website. That money allows me to be able to do extra things every once in a while. If your budget can stand it, change your filing status to single, no dependents. Your employer will keep more money from your check each week, but you’ll get a bigger refund each year. Use your refund for trips. (This is like a forced savings account - if you don’t see the money, you won’t miss it. And since the interest rate at most banks is so low, you’ll lose very little in interest.) I think increasing income is better than cutting expenses, unless you have fluff in your budget, such as cell phones, cable TV, or other money hogs. When I think about the riches of our trip to Italy, the pallid entertainment that many people pay a hundred dollars a month for seem extraneous. Getting a part-time job for even ten hours a week produces travel income, as long as you don't let it stress you out so that you then order take-out because you're too tired to cook. Also, I always put ‘found money’ (inheritance, etc.) into a reserve, no matter what budget strains I am living with. Irregular money is for extras, not emergencies. Use credit cards that have rewards points for airfare and other travel expenses. Charge everything (household bills, groceries, gas, medical expenses, etc.). But make sure you pay off the balance each month or you’ll lose in interest what you gain in rewards. Also, don’t use a card that charges a yearly fee - that waters down the value, too. In Michigan, we have returnable soda pop bottles for 10 cents each. Bottle drives, where you pass out some flyers in your neighborhood and then go collect bottles, can raise a few hundred dollars in a weekend. We had more than a year to save for the Italy trip, so in addition to spreading out the cost of the trip, we told all our family that we'd appreciate all cash/donation-to-Italy-trip as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. We put that money into our "Italy savings jar" in addition to any unanticipated funds like insurance refunds, Amex/Costco annual refund, etc., and that was our spending money. Our tax refund paid for the plane tickets. We got the best deal of $700 per person round trip by signing up for daily alerts on Kayak.com from our home airport and other airports within driving distance (Atlanta), then purchased the day the prices dropped significantly. I would recommend families start saving as soon as they begin planning for a trip. We took about $300 per paycheck and put it in a special savings account. I also sold things at a yard sale and on Craig’s List, too. We used the Capital One Visa for all our expenses, like groceries and any other household expense. You can now redeem points for money for travel even if you don’t have enough points to get a whole ticket. We also used a Kayak alert to tell us when the fares to Rome were the cheapest. We bought our airline tickets in advance and were able to get decent prices on them. Also, set aside some money every month straight out of a paycheck before you have a chance to spend it. Cut out cable and other entertainment money and spend the time researching wherever you’re going. Spread out your purchases of new shoes and clothes to get them on sale. I travel a couple of times a year for work. I will always volunteer to stay off a flight if it’s overbooked. By doing so, I can earn up to $800 per leg. I then put that into my travel account. I'll post more tips as people share them, but please feel free to post your own tips in this thread and I'll add them to the list!
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