Staying safe ahead of ‘Senior Trip’ season


After prom comes graduation and for many Upstate seniors soon after follows what some students consider a rite of passage.

Senior Trip many times is planned months in advance. It may be fun for the teenagers but it can be stressful for parents.

Hope Evans with the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate said it doesn’t have to be if you do your research and get involved in the planning. 

Evan Bearden,18, is one of 70 students and chaperones from Eastside and Riverside High Schools going on a Senior Trip to the Dominican Republic in June.

Evans said traveling abroad in a large group and sticking together is safer, especially for anyone “flying solo” for the first time without their parents. Michael Glancey at Leisure Net Travel in Greenville said traveling in groups of 10 or more can sometimes save on airline tickets. 

Before you book the trip, there are ways to make sure your destination of choice is safe. 

“If they’re going to a foreign country, you want to make sure you know all of the local rules and laws and regulations just in case anything happens,” Evans said.

Bearden offers some advice as well. He says he’s learned a lot with being part of a large group that’s been planning since last year.

“Make sure it’s people who really want to go. Start collecting that money because the sooner you get the ball rolling the better it’s going to be for everyone involved,” Bearden said. 

For Evan “everyone involved” means his mother and older sister. They’re both going on the trip as chaperones. That’s something Evans recommends for safety as well.

Here are two website the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate recommends while planning any trip:

  • has a list of “Travel Agency Accredited” businesses
  • takes you to the U.S. State Department’s Travel Advisory page where you can check for any areas considered dangerous for U.S. travelers

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