Group Leaders share their own travel reviews

We’ve got a lot to say about educational travel—partly because we’ve been bringing travelers abroad for over 55 years. But it helps to hear from other people. People like you, who’ve been through the whole experience. Before planning your trip, read EF travel reviews from past and present customers to get a feeling for what it’s like to travel with us.

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What our travelers are saying about safety

We know international travel can be nerve wracking. Whether you’re leading a group, going yourself, or sending a child, safety is your first priority. In these EF Tours reviews, past travelers reflect on the safety and security of their experiences.

Our approach to safety

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I am so glad that we were traveling with EF

The response to the virus and rerouting us home early was bar none. While we were sightseeing in London, EF was busy providing transportation, hotel lodging, and flights home. I am so glad that we were traveling with EF and not on our own during this crisis. Again, I cannot say enough about the overall positive experience and thank you for getting us home safely!

– Barbara B., Group Leader, ID

Grateful to be part of the EF Family

I find solace, as well as pride, in the extraordinary care that EF is providing for them. These are some crazy times, but I have never been more proud of EF and grateful to be part of the EF FAMILY. You all are doing an amazing job under such trying and unprecedented circumstances.

– Bettie B., Group Leader, TX

EF can and will avoid putting us in harm’s way

I have personally experienced EF’s ability to move a destination of a tour in hours. For example, in the early 2000s, we were headed to Athens, Greece on an EF tour, and there was rioting in the center of Athens near where we were staying. Before we arrived, EF had already changed our hotel to outside the city. They changed the itinerary of the tour to keep us far from the problem while still making it an awesome educational experience. We don't know what will happen in the world any time we travel, but I feel confident that EF can and will avoid putting us in harm’s way.

– Pam F., Group Leader, RI

Professionally. Personally. Responsibly.

I have been traveling with EF for 15 plus years. 2 years ago, we were in the epicenter in Japan for the earthquake. EF was 100% amazing! Within minutes of the earthquake I was chatting with EF and parents were notified so when they woke up in America, they had no worries. EF handled it professionally. Personally. Responsibly. They were in constant contact with myself, the tour director and parents. EF being the top safety tours, already before we came to Japan had made sure we were in earthquake proof hotels.

– Becky B., Group Leader, CO

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Travel reviews on EF’s life-changing impact

How does seeing more of the world affect girls? In these EF Tours for Girls reviews, customers comment on the impact they’ve seen or experienced as a direct result from traveling abroad.

Our travel impact

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Finding courage and confidence

I am so grateful for this journey! Ever since I came back, I’m proud to call myself confident, strong, and passionate. I showed a lot of courage that I’ve never seen in myself before – trying new things, eating new things, and making new friends. This is just the beginning of my world travels!

–Kaitlin, Traveler

Lifelong growth

Both of my girls are now in college, but they continue to love travel, due in-part to their wonderful EF experiences. EF has contributed to helping build girls with confidence and character and for that I am very grateful! Thank you for all you do!

–Cynthia, Parent

Getting to know yourself and the world around you

I am so grateful to see girls expand their minds and develop a global perspective. Knowing that the physical journey of their travel experience influences who they are and leaves lasting impressions on their life’s journey is invaluable.

– Marah W., Group Leader, PA

Developing critical skills

Although I can’t pick a favorite place or thing we did, I can say the experience for the girls of learning to navigate a foreign city, trying new things and becoming independent, instilled in them a confidence they did not have before.

– Monique, Group Leader, MA

Seizing opportunities for local immersion

Throughout my tour, I was presented with opportunities to grow. I played soccer with local children, chatted with Peruvians in Spanish, and purchased food in a local market. It was up to me to seize those moments and learn from them.

– Madelyn, Traveler

Immediate impact

The changes in my daughter were almost immediate. She had always been quiet and content to watch things happen rather than jumping in right away. From day 1 of the tour her smile was bigger, she was talking about making new friends and trying new foods. Her texts were shorter because she didn’t want to miss a thing.

– LeeAnne, Parent

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What people think of our support

There’s a lot of planning that goes into any travel excursion. In these educational travel reviews, customers talk about working with the EF team, whether it was during the months leading up to their trip or once arriving at their destination.

Meet our support team

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No stone unturned

When we attended the meeting, I really felt like they had left no stone unturned. No matter how trivial, someone was there with an answer. I was assured over and over that there was supervision, a detailed itinerary, and ways to keep in touch with both my daughter and the chaperones.

– LeeAnn, Parent, IL

Support through it all

I have made a couple of hospital visits with students on tour, changed tour dates due to soccer championships, and, on my last trip, I had to get two of my travelers back home immediately due to a death in the family. EF had a representative in front of me making flight arrangements within 15 minutes—and that was in the heart of Paris during peak tourist season. I knew that although the coronavirus was going to change everything, we would be taken care of by a team of professionals. Knowing that EF had my back allowed me to be a source of stability and reassurance for students and parents on my 2020 tour. 

– Elana Marie M., Group Leader, NJ

EF will take care of you

– Kirstyn S., Group Leader, AR

Thanks to everyone who helped with this crisis

We haven’t lacked a single thing which we might have needed from EF since [the COVID-19] travel ban was announced. We were contacted shortly after the announcement, we received our flight information for our evacuation much sooner than we expected, and our Tour Director, Gavin, was there to help in any and every way up until we entered the security checkpoint at the airport. He even told us that he would wait there until our flight took off, just in case someone had a problem. I can’t think of a single thing that EF could have done better under these circumstances, and my travelers seem to agree with me. Thanks to everyone who helped with this crisis!

– William B., Group Leader, TX

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How customers feel about EF’s flexibility

Plans change. World events are unpredictable. Before making a commitment to taking a trip with us, read EF Tours reviews from travelers who’ve encountered the unexpected before or during their tour.

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EF did it in a day!

– Linda H., Group Leader, CT

Just today my Japan trip was rerouted to Belize for 72 people. EF did it in a day! This proved the commitment to safety and support of all the GLs, families, and students. I have been traveling with EF since 2006. I have always been impressed (that's why I am still with them), but their handling of the recent COVID-19 has been fantastic! I will keep traveling with my students with EF forever! They have worked quickly and mindfully while rebooking our group. They have been supportive every step of the way. Thank you for giving us options and for really standing behind your word.

EF quickly devised a plan for students to return home safely

I would recommend EF to any parent or student looking to travel internationally. I was extremely impressed with how well EF handled the March 11th announcement that the United States would be closing its borders to flights from Europe. At the time of the announcement, our daughter was on an EF trip in Germany. EF was immediately in communication with our sponsor and continued to provide opportunities for the students to explore Germany, which prevented any anxiety they may have felt with the situation. EF quickly devised a plan for students to return home safely and even provided a tour in London for the students, which was unexpected. My daughter returned from the trip and immediately asked to go to Italy with the school in 2021. As a bonus, EF offered parents a partial refund or a travel voucher, which was completely unexpected. I expected nothing as I could only imagine the cost and time it took to schedule multiple flights and hotel stays. As a result, I had no hesitation in sending my daughter on another EF trip next year.

– Rene R., Parent, TX

Contingency plans for everyone

– Kelly G., Group Leader, OR

A month before our departure, mainstream news was just getting a hold of the information regarding the virus outbreak. It was very shortly thereafter we heard from EF with options for travelers should they be very concerned about traveling. The travel advisories, at this time, were all only at a Level 2 for the countries we planned to visit, and those had been issued months before due to possible terrorism and protest issues, not due to the virus. Yet, here was EF giving my travelers options to ease their nerves—recognizing that for many, this was a once in a lifetime experience that might be greatly marred by their fear. My group was so impressed to be offered these choices, recognizing that, had they made these plans on their own, they would have few choices beyond travel or lose all the money paid out. EF went so far as to allow customers a chance to change their plans up to a week before their departure. I was so impressed with the amount of communication and calls I received from the company in this time. All of it reassuring me, and therefore my travelers, that EF was our watchdog—that they had our backs, and they had contingency plans for everyone.

Worry free enrollment

I can say they really are risk free. My daughter was scheduled for a trip in March this year. I cancelled some weeks before knowing the COVID-19 crisis coming to USA and all the money we paid was credited to another trip we have been planning / for next year. I will for sure keep traveling with them.

– Flor C., Parent

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