The absolute best way to have bad tour experiences is to ignore the advice of the people who have gone and have learned things the hard way.

know what's going on and be actively involved in having a good time!


Phone Usage


Definitely use your camera feature - a lot!  Take a shot of everything - you can review your photos later and delete what you don't want.  That'll open up memory for the next round of photos.  If you're at all similar to practically everyone who has been an Ambassador since the program began in 1970, you'll find that your photos become invaluable as you remember the amazing things you did and the amazing people you became friends with.  


We are going to some of the largest cities in the world!  We're going to have a great time and have wonderful experiences and make terrific memories!   But let's be smart - we don't live in a perfect world, and there are people who want to take advantage of other people.  You must always pay attention to your surroundings, and you must make good choices - even in uncomfortable situations.

We're a large group that is obviously a bunch of tourists.  Remember that there are many cultural differences between the US and where we'll be.  Promise yourself that you'll follow instructions like a pro. 

Some of the major tourist sites (Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, London Eye, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, and more) are prime spots for con artists and pickpockets to do their work.  We will teach you very specific things to look out for, how to avoid trouble, and how to deal with an uncomfortable situation - but you must trust us and know your welfare is our primary concern.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's turn our attention to ways to be a smart traveler.  Smart travelers avoid issues and have much more fun!

We all want the tour to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.  In order for that to happen all of us - every single tour member - must be responsible for working together and taking care of each other.   Because we're all connected in more ways than you probably think...

For example, if you are running late to a meeting spot, it doesn't just affect you.  It affects every member of the tour.  We can't move on in our activities until everyone is where they're supposed to be, and we're counting on each other to think ahead.  There are likely to be some honest mistakes, but even those put you in the position of getting to the coaches while the entire tour watches you from their seats.  You and your buddies will help each other out, right?

We already know you're not going to be alone. But in the very unlikely event you're temporarily misplaced, be aware of this stuff:

You just read a whole lot about things going wrong.  We want you to be aware of what could happen and how to handle it.  We don't expect those things to happen because we'll be aware of our surroundings and looking out for each other.

You don't need to be afraid.  You just need to be smart, and aware of what's going on around you.  And trust the staff who are looking out for you.