Virgin Islands to Antigua

Aboard S/Y Ocean Star

360 Nautical Miles via

Explore above her surface and find lush islands, ancient volcanoes and white sand beaches. Sail on her legendary blue-green waves and take in jade mountains against iridescent sunrises and sunsets. Each of the 25 islands within the Leeward Islands offers a distinct cultural and geographic backdrop, so you’ll sail throughout the island chain–visiting Saba, St. Eustatius, Nevis, Antigua, St. Barts and the British Virgin Islands. Along the way, you’ll also score 3 credit hours in basic seamanship, but who’s counting?

  • Days
  • Credits
  • Students
  • Term
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Summer / Jun 16 - Jul 5, 2017
  • 20
  • 3 credits
  • 16
  • Summer
  • Limited
  • $5,470
Summer / Jun 16 - Jul 5, 2018
  • 20
  • 3 credits
  • 16
  • Summer
  • Open
  • TBA

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome aboard!

The journey begins at our home base at Soper’s Hole in the west end of Tortola. It won’t be hard to find our 88-ft schooner, S/Y Ocean Star, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 4 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Caribbean waters is now your home and classroom for the next 20 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Learning The Ropes
2-4 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first 4 days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those who select the scuba package will spend quite a bit of time underwater, either working towards the PADI Open Water Certification or getting reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives. During the first few days, you’ll also have your first lectures for seamanship class.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
British Virgin Islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Salt Island, The Dogs, Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke
Leeward Islands Nevis, Antigua, St. Barts, Statia, Saba, St. Kitts
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Play
Video
A Salty Way of Life
Sailing Without Seeing Land

It going to seem like we’ve crammed two weeks’ worth of information into those first 4 days, but time will fly by as you absorb it all. Station drills, man overboard drills, fire drills… it’s now time for you and your team to put it all to the test with the first of many sailing passages, a 24-hr voyage from the BVI to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As we turn our bow to the southeast, the rhythm of the trip shifts. With the fundamental knowledge in place, we now embark on the next phase of the expedition, our days alternating between those spent ashore exploring and those on passage, voyaging between six and thirty-six hours to reach a new destination.

Nevis
(1-3 Days)

After making it through your first overnight passage from the BVI, you’ll make landfall at the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.  Here on Nevis you’ll have the chance to explore the capital city Charlestown, hike through a volcanic rainforest to “The Source”, bike tour its hilly and quaint roads, take a horseback tour along its sandy coast or simply enjoy a little personal time on the beach.

> Next stop: Antigua
Antigua
(2-4 Days)

Directly after visiting two very French islands, you’ll arrive at the very British Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.  This is one of the world’s only fully restored Victorian era dockyards, which provides an amazing backdrop to your time spent in Antigua.  While here, you’ll enjoy a steel drum and reggae concert at Shirley Heights, walk the historic ramparts of English Harbor and dive the crystal blue waters while anchored outside of Green Island.

> Next stop: St. Barths
St. Barths
(2-4 Days)

Surf day!  Although you will certainly enjoy a cup of french espresso in Gustavia, the real adventure begins as we pack a couple of jeeps with surf boards and hit the waves for a day of surfing on St. Barths north shore.  Being another of the Lesser Antilles French islands, you’ll pause at lunchtime for a beach picnic of freshly baked baguette and stinky cheese before paddling back out to catch another wave.

> Next stop: Saba & Statia
Saba & Statia
(2-4 Days)

These two Dutch islands provide you with yet another culturally diverse backdrop on your adventure through the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.  During your time in Statia you’ll dive the 100ft. shipwreck of the Charlie Brown and snorkel the ruins of Oranjestad’s sunken harbor in search of the elusive blue bead.  At Saba you’ll test yourself by tackling the 2,855 ft. (1,064 stone steps) tall Mt. Scenery and spend the day learning how to blow glass while visiting the quaint town called The Bottom.

> Next stop: British Virgin Islands
Play
Video
seamester-life-aboard-schooner
Typical Day…
There’s no such thing

The only thing that’s typical about a day with Sea|mester is that it’s going to be anything but typical! While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running Ocean Star. Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

The Underwater World Awaits
10 Dives

Scuba diving is an optional activity during our 20-day voyages and there are various dive package options for those who want to learn to dive or further their diving experience through a number of epic sport dives. Whether a deep dive on a 100ft. sunken ship in Statia, or a night dive on the Peter Island Wall in the BVI, during your 20 days you can complete around 10 dives. Students often tell us they chose this voyage because of the opportunity to dive, so if you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“Not only have we come full circle on the job wheel but we are back in West End where, a mere 19 days ago, 14 brand new shipmates stepped onboard Ocean Star for the first time. We enjoyed a lie-in this morning then motored back to our dock in Soper’s Hole, Tortola. The team demonstrated their skills one final time as we threw our dock lines and managed fenders, guiding Ocean Star gently into her slip. Everyone worked hard to restore our boat's beauty after her days at sea and we're sad to leave, but our memories of this adventure will last a lifetime...”
Capt. KrisBritish Virgin Islands
Day 70
By Carolyn K.

800 Steps

Today we got to explore Saba, which is a unique and really cool island. You have to do some work to …

Read More
Day 21
By Kevin J.

“20 Days, 20 New Faces!”

Closing time for another amazing Seamester voyage. 20 days ago we had 20 complete strangers stepping aboard for the first …

Read More
Day 20
By Lindsay

A Little Surfing and Provisioning

The day started a little out of the usual, with the blare of the fire alarm as a wake up …

Read More
Day 70
By Carolyn K.

800 Steps

Today we got to explore Saba, which is a unique and really cool island. You have to do some work to …

Read More
Day 21
By Kevin J.

“20 Days, 20 New Faces!”

Closing time for another amazing Seamester voyage. 20 days ago we had 20 complete strangers stepping aboard for the first …

Read More
Day 20
By Lindsay

A Little Surfing and Provisioning

The day started a little out of the usual, with the blare of the fire alarm as a wake up …

Read More

Trip Logs

Welcome aboard!

The journey begins at our home base at Soper’s Hole in the west end of Tortola. It won’t be hard to find our 88-ft schooner, S/Y Ocean Star, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 4 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Caribbean waters is now your home and classroom for the next 20 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
British Virgin Islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Salt Island, The Dogs, Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke
Leeward Islands Nevis, Antigua, St. Barts, Statia, Saba, St. Kitts
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

Learning The Ropes
2-4 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first 4 days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those who select the scuba package will spend quite a bit of time underwater, either working towards the PADI Open Water Certification or getting reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives. During the first few days, you’ll also have your first lectures for seamanship class.

Play
Video
A Salty Way of Life
Sailing Without Seeing Land

It going to seem like we’ve crammed two weeks’ worth of information into those first 4 days, but time will fly by as you absorb it all. Station drills, man overboard drills, fire drills… it’s now time for you and your team to put it all to the test with the first of many sailing passages, a 24-hr voyage from the BVI to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As we turn our bow to the southeast, the rhythm of the trip shifts. With the fundamental knowledge in place, we now embark on the next phase of the expedition, our days alternating between those spent ashore exploring and those on passage, voyaging between six and thirty-six hours to reach a new destination.

Nevis
(1-3 Days)

After making it through your first overnight passage from the BVI, you’ll make landfall at the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.  Here on Nevis you’ll have the chance to explore the capital city Charlestown, hike through a volcanic rainforest to “The Source”, bike tour its hilly and quaint roads, take a horseback tour along its sandy coast or simply enjoy a little personal time on the beach.

> Next stop: Antigua
Antigua
(2-4 Days)

Directly after visiting two very French islands, you’ll arrive at the very British Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.  This is one of the world’s only fully restored Victorian era dockyards, which provides an amazing backdrop to your time spent in Antigua.  While here, you’ll enjoy a steel drum and reggae concert at Shirley Heights, walk the historic ramparts of English Harbor and dive the crystal blue waters while anchored outside of Green Island.

> Next stop: St. Barths
St. Barths
(2-4 Days)

Surf day!  Although you will certainly enjoy a cup of french espresso in Gustavia, the real adventure begins as we pack a couple of jeeps with surf boards and hit the waves for a day of surfing on St. Barths north shore.  Being another of the Lesser Antilles French islands, you’ll pause at lunchtime for a beach picnic of freshly baked baguette and stinky cheese before paddling back out to catch another wave.

> Next stop: Saba & Statia
Saba & Statia
(2-4 Days)

These two Dutch islands provide you with yet another culturally diverse backdrop on your adventure through the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.  During your time in Statia you’ll dive the 100ft. shipwreck of the Charlie Brown and snorkel the ruins of Oranjestad’s sunken harbor in search of the elusive blue bead.  At Saba you’ll test yourself by tackling the 2,855 ft. (1,064 stone steps) tall Mt. Scenery and spend the day learning how to blow glass while visiting the quaint town called The Bottom.

> Next stop: British Virgin Islands
The Underwater World Awaits
10 Dives

Scuba diving is an optional activity during our 20-day voyages and there are various dive package options for those who want to learn to dive or further their diving experience through a number of epic sport dives. Whether a deep dive on a 100ft. sunken ship in Statia, or a night dive on the Peter Island Wall in the BVI, during your 20 days you can complete around 10 dives. Students often tell us they chose this voyage because of the opportunity to dive, so if you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

Play
Video
seamester-life-aboard-schooner
Typical Day…
There’s no such thing

The only thing that’s typical about a day with Sea|mester is that it’s going to be anything but typical! While living aboard you’ll be involved in every aspect of running Ocean Star. Whether standing watch at 2 AM under a blanket of stars, monitoring the ship’s systems, or planning, provisioning and cooking the meals for your team, by the end of the experience you’ll feel the accomplishment of knowing that you played a big part in the success of the expedition.

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“Not only have we come full circle on the job wheel but we are back in West End where, a mere 19 days ago, 14 brand new shipmates stepped onboard Ocean Star for the first time. We enjoyed a lie-in this morning then motored back to our dock in Soper’s Hole, Tortola. The team demonstrated their skills one final time as we threw our dock lines and managed fenders, guiding Ocean Star gently into her slip. Everyone worked hard to restore our boat's beauty after her days at sea and we're sad to leave, but our memories of this adventure will last a lifetime...”
Capt. KrisBritish Virgin Islands
Day 70
By Carolyn K.

800 Steps

Today we got to explore Saba, which is a unique and really cool island. You have to do some work to …

Read More
Day 21
By Kevin J.

“20 Days, 20 New Faces!”

Closing time for another amazing Seamester voyage. 20 days ago we had 20 complete strangers stepping aboard for the first …

Read More
Day 20
By Lindsay

A Little Surfing and Provisioning

The day started a little out of the usual, with the blare of the fire alarm as a wake up …

Read More
Day 70
By Carolyn K.

800 Steps

Today we got to explore Saba, which is a unique and really cool island. You have to do some work to …

Read More
Day 21
By Kevin J.

“20 Days, 20 New Faces!”

Closing time for another amazing Seamester voyage. 20 days ago we had 20 complete strangers stepping aboard for the first …

Read More
Day 20
By Lindsay

A Little Surfing and Provisioning

The day started a little out of the usual, with the blare of the fire alarm as a wake up …

Read More

Trip Logs

Need More Information?

Vocational Certifications

Depending upon previous experience, students will have the opportunity to complete a number of the following certifications during their voyage.

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

The 20-day Sea|mester is a fast-paced voyage that offers 3 academic credits for the Seamanship class in addition to some sailing certifications and the opportunity to scuba dive for those who select that additional dive package.

Can we scuba dive on this voyage?

During the voyage, students have the opportunity to earn a number of different certifications, especially if they select the optional scuba diving package. Those selecting scuba diving can build toward a PADI Open Water or PADI Advanced Open Water certification. Alternatively, certified divers can just dive for fun. The fees for these options are shown below.

  • Open Water Certification: $300
  • Advanced Open Water Certification: $200
  • Recreational Diving: $100

In sailing, students work towards the International Yacht Training (IYT) International Crew Certificate. All students will complete First Aid and CPR certification.

What Experience Do I Need?

None at all. All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to fully participate in every aspect of the experience.

Who will be my staff?

Four professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First Mate and a Marine Biologist (who is typically a diving instructor) and a fourth staff member who could also be a scuba instructor, EMT, Marine Scientist or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

What's the weather like?

The short answer to this question is, great! Well, usually anyway! In the Caribbean, the trade winds blow a steady 8-14 knots and the average temperature is 80 Degrees Fahrenheit with 76% humidity and 79 Degrees Fahrenheit water temperature. What’s great about the Caribbean weather is that there is always a breeze, so it feels very comfortable almost all the time. Yes, it does rain now and then, but it is more of a tropical shower, lasting only a few minutes, rather than a complete day of rain.

How do I communicate with home?

When we are ashore or close at anchor there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with friends and family at home. That said, while aboard we have guidelines as to when it is appropriate to use your personal communications devices. The environment we strive to create relies heavily on each individual remaining focused on the group and our experience. Being tied to the modern world of “instant communications” can, in certain circumstances, be a hindrance to the personal and group processes aboard.

Cell Phones: Check with your provider before you go, but so long as you have a sim card, your cell phone will likely work in most global locations.

Internet: While our vessels are not wifi equipped, another way to communicate is by email, text, Facetime or Skype using shore side internet. The internet is often free or available to purchase in most of the locations that we visit.

What is the food like?

Both on the vessel and ashore, the answer is up to you. The vast majority of the meals during your trip are prepared and eaten aboard. For meals aboard each person on the crew takes a turn as head chef to plan and cook the meals for an entire day with the help of another person acting as sous-chef. We all work to stay within a budget, with both students and staff responsible for stocking the vessels. We endeavor to accommodate everyone aboard while providing what any alumni will tell you, was a great dining adventure. During your free time ashore you will have the opportunity to eat more adventurously. With this voyage being based in the Caribbean the venturesome amongst the crew will want to seek out some of the traditional West Indian meals such as Chicken Roti or some local Salt Fish.

What's the typical age of the students?

Sea|mester students range in age from 18 through to about 22. Average age is right around 20, yet this can change from voyage to voyage. Give a call through to the office if you are interested in learning more about the student crew.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

This voyage will begin and end in West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Students flying from the US to join us in the BVI may select from one of these two travel options:

  • Fly via St. Thomas (airport code STT): Flights direct to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands are typically a less expensive option, and once arrived, students need to make their way to Tortola, which is about 25 miles away by ferry from Charlotte Amalie (10 minutes in a taxi from the St. Thomas airport to the ferry port).
  • Fly to Tortola (airport code EIS) via San Juan, Puerto Rico (airport code SJU): Typically a more expensive route, an alternative way to arrive in the BVI from the US is via San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cape Air, Liat and Seaborne Airlines currently offer scheduled connections from San Juan to Tortola.
Booking Travel

When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. That said, at present there are no special immunizations that are required to visit any of these Caribbean Islands. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
  • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
  • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
  • Full room and board
  • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
  • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs

Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees is *scuba diving, personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

*Scuba diving is not included in the tuition for our 20-day voyages. There are various options for those who want to either learn or build on their scuba skills. Please refer to the “need to know” section above for more information on the optional scuba package.

Insure Your Investment

Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
Learn More about Travelex

Voyage Itinerary

Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

    This voyage will begin and end in West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Students flying from the US to join us in the BVI may select from one of these two travel options:

    • Fly via St. Thomas (airport code STT): Flights direct to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands are typically a less expensive option, and once arrived, students need to make their way to Tortola, which is about 25 miles away by ferry from Charlotte Amalie (10 minutes in a taxi from the St. Thomas airport to the ferry port).
    • Fly to Tortola (airport code EIS) via San Juan, Puerto Rico (airport code SJU): Typically a more expensive route, an alternative way to arrive in the BVI from the US is via San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cape Air, Liat and Seaborne Airlines currently offer scheduled connections from San Juan to Tortola.
    Booking Travel

    When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

    For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

    Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. That said, at present there are no special immunizations that are required to visit any of these Caribbean Islands. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

  • Sea|mester tuition covers the following:
    • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
    • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
    • Full room and board
    • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
    • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs

    Not included in the Sea|mester tuition fees is *scuba diving, personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

    *Scuba diving is not included in the tuition for our 20-day voyages. There are various options for those who want to either learn or build on their scuba skills. Please refer to the “need to know” section above for more information on the optional scuba package.

    Insure Your Investment

    Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

    This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

    Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
    Learn More about Travelex

  • Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

    For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

    With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!