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How many people are in a room on your trips?

Your trips look great, but I will be traveling by myself?

Is it mostly couples going on your trips?
What is the age of the people on the trips?
I see some trips without a daily itinerary.  What does that mean?
Why should I travel with BSSC?
How far in advance do I need to register?
What is the cancellation policy?

 

How many people are in a room on your trips?

BSSC believes in minimum occupancy. Whether a hotel or condo, it is two people per room and each person has his/her own bed! Nobody has to sleep in the living room or on a rollaway. If you are traveling alone, we will match you with a roommate.  If you are going with a friend, we will match you together.  If you are going with a significant other, we will try to get you a queen or king size bed.  If you are going with a group of friends, we will get you into the same condo/s or hotel rooms near each other.

 

Your trips look great, but I will be traveling by myself?

Not to worry, many of the people on our trips are traveling the same way.  Besides matching you with a roommate the trip leader will organize group get togethers for you to get to know each other.  By the time you get to your destination, you will have many new friends!

 

Is it mostly couples going on your trips?
No, it is mostly single adults and as mentioned above, many if not most, are traveling solo.  We welcome couples (most have met on a BSSC trip) and even on the New Year’s trips, it is mostly single people and groups of friends.

 

What is the age of the people on the trips?
It depends a little on the trip, but it is mostly single adults in the 25-45 range.  A Whitewater rafting weekend may draw a younger crowd and a week long trip to Venice may draw a slightly older crowd. All BSSC travelers tend to be lively, fun, enthusiastic and adventurous. 

 

I see some trips without a daily itinerary.  What does that mean?
One of the benefits of our group travel is the flexibility.  For some trips, we like to leave it to the actual travelers to decide what they would like to do each day.  There will be at least one or more group activities per day for each trip.  The selected activities are made by the majority of the group, usually between the time of the pre-trip meeting and departure. Every trip has a trip escort who is there to help organize details and facilitate group activities, but each traveler can be as solo or social as they choose

 

Why should I travel with BSSC?
With over 47 years of experience, we really do make it easy for you to travel, because we take care of all the details.  We do the arranging so that you can enjoy the best destinations, widest variety, first rate accommodations, the best prices, and the best group of people to travel with.  You'll travel with your peers and make lifelong friendships. With pre and post get-togethers for extended vacations, it's like traveling with a big group of friends!

 

How far in advance do I need to register?
As soon as you know you want to go!  For a major vacation, you should book by the listed deadline and for best rates (savings often up to $100), you should book by the early signup date.  After these dates are past, it is sometimes possible to still get you on the trip, but it becomes complex and more costly to procure the necessary accommodations and airfare. Seldomly, BSSC has cancelled a trip due to lack of interest and people call asking why it has been cancelled because they wanted to go.  BSSC can only reserve airline seats for so long until they need to be released back to the airline.  Booking your trip as far ahead as possible helps everyone! If for some reason you register for a trip and it is cancelled, you will be fully refunded. For weekends 3-4 weeks in advance is recommended.

 

What is the cancellation policy?
The general policy is below, but some trips may have variations, and the specific trip policy would be in force.

For weekend trips, 
• Cancellation greater than 21 days prior to departure -- refund of amount paid, less a $20 service charge.
• Cancellation less than 21 days prior to departure and a suitable replacement is made -- refund of amount paid, less a $50 service charge.
• Cancellation less than 21 days prior to departure and no suitable replacement is made -- No refund.
• Unpaid balances within 21 days of departure are subject to cancellation and forfeiture of all monies paid.

For extended vacation travel,
• Deposits of $200 - $500 are required to reserve space, and are non-refundable and not transferable.
• Cancellations are subject to additional fees set by the agency administering trip. The closer to departure, the greater likelihood of complete forfeiture of all monies paid.
• BSSC always recommends that travelers purchase travel insurance