We all count down the days until departing on an overseas trip to a new place we’ve never experienced before or even one which we dearly love. The day arrives and the eager anticipation overwhelms us. We meticulously plan out every day while we’re gone – right down to how many pairs of socks and what color tooth brush to bring. Our bags are taken by the luggage clerk and we board the plane, now able to relax a little before all the excitement begins. Everything’s accounted for, all is foreseen and planned to the “T.” From this point, everything always go according to plan, right?
Well, not always. Any number of minor inconveniences can throw a stick in our spokes such as a delayed flight or missed train. Small headaches arise here and there, but we overcome. Now, consider something more severe. Think of those who were traveling in China when the earthquake struck, or others who might have been caught exploring beautiful Tibet during the recent uprisings and riots, or even travelers falling ill mid-journey.
Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) is a well established tour operator which prides itself on its distinct ability to manage such situations while hosting travelers on their many worldwide tours. ATA realizes that anything from delayed flights to mother nature to local political and social disturbances can occur at any time without warning and can immediately effect the tour itinerary or operation. ATA staff are trained for these disturbances and quickly react in a way that can provide safety, comfort and a sense of normalcy regardless of the level of adjustments needed to the tour. ATA has been in business for over fifty years and has encountered many such situations in the past and has refined their skills and abilities when addressing such issues while on tour. The safety and satisfaction of our travelers is our primary concern at every step along each tour.
Although traveling on your own can render a sense of freedom while abroad, there are many reasons to consider traveling to new destination with a managed tour as they can provide resources and staff trained to handle everything from language barriers to medical needs and provide a real and tangible sense of security and enjoyment while abroad.