[quote=LSK]Ok, now that I am all calmed down…
When I was 15, about a thousand years ago, I was invited on a similar trip. My parents were equally concerned about safety. It was at the height of the IRA attacks in London, the kidnappings and bombings in Europe of American bases by the Beider-Meinhoff Gang and the first rumblings of Al-Queda. My parents trusted in God, my mother prayed every day, asking my Guardian Angel to stay alert and keep me safe, and they sent me on my way.
I had such an incredible experience.
Flash forward over 30 years later and I am finally getting to go on another overseas trip. The same kind of safety issues are at play. This time I get to go to the Holy Land. I am very, very excited…however, nothing will ever replace that first trip to Europe at the age of 15. EVERYTHING was an experience that was incredible.
If you can do it, send her. She will thank you for the rest of her life.
I just wanted to note that my concerns aren’t much about international terror issues as much as general concerns regardless of trip destination. I’d probably still say no even if it was a tour of our own dear new england states. 4 adults to 40 teens for a 24/7 guard during a period of a month just gives me the jeebies. If I could go too that would make a big difference, but my teen going solo just wouldn’t happen.
I agree an international trip is something to be remembered and I would have no qualms about making the arrangements myself for us as a family or for one/both parents w/ one of our kids.
I must say 5000.00 for an entire month of international travel expenses does sound wayyy too good to be true. The group may very well be legit, but I’d be asking to know about every single penny that’s going to be needed for this from beginning to end. There are ways to travel cheap, but that’s still a low sticker and would make me leary that it’s not the final sticker price. (Meals, travel while there, tips, cost of activities they will doing, insurance, etc… to name a few.)
**Also, ask if medical insurance will be offered if yours doesn’t travel with her and the cost. No one ever plans those things, but it never fails around my kids that something happens the minute I walk out the door. **