The Countdown: March 2024

Whether your backyard is still covered in snow or showing the first signs of spring, the days are officially getting longer. In fact, we’ve been gaining more and more daylight every day since the Winter Solstice in December. Things really kick into gear this month when daylight speeds up by three minutes every day! 

And more daylight can only mean one thing. Summer is coming! 

Let’s bring on springtime with some Ambassadors planning tips, shall we?

Your Backpack Checklist

In our last update, we talked luggage – the ideal size, weight, etc. Today, we’re unpacking the backpack, everyone’s favorite carry-on. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Bring a backpack that’s in great shape – no rips, tears or faulty zippers. We’re not talking camping-in-the-mountains-for-days-size, but rather something more like what you’d take to school or smaller and fairly lightweight. No wheels, just comfortable straps or crossbody style.
  • Your backpack will be your best friend, carrying all your daily necessities and NEVER leaving your side, unless safely tucked away on the bus. 
  • Have room for a light jacket, your water bottle, phone charger and anything else you need for a day of exploring – think hand sanitizer, lip balm, medication, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen and anything else that you won’t be able to run back to the hotel for. 
  • Keep it organized. It’s easy to lose essentials in an overstuffed or messy backpack. Take a quick inventory and do a spot-check of your backpack every night – toss any trash and repack any essentials. (But don’t forget: Your passport stays around your neck in a lanyard holder, never loose in your backpack.) 

Money Matters

Learning how to navigate different currencies is such an important skill. In our travels, you’ll spend British pounds, Swiss francs and euros when you’re buying snacks and souvenirs along the way. 

Before the trip, think through how you’d like to pay for things with your parents. The safest and easiest option is using Apple Pay or Google Pay through your phone, as both options are available nearly everywhere. If you’d rather bring a pre-loaded card, like Mastercard or Visa, that’s a great choice, too. These cards are easy to cancel if lost or stolen and your parents can add funds if they choose to.

Want a few pounds or euros to bring home as a souvenir? Don’t forget to hit the ATM for local currency. 

Do You Have Your Passport?

We’ll keep beating this drum because it’s so important. The window to secure your passport is rapidly closing. If you haven’t applied for your passport, stop what you’re doing and start the process. Your passport is the most important item you’ll pack – you won’t be able to join us for the trip if you don’t have it in hand.

While the Department of State recommends 6-8 weeks for processing, they don’t guarantee that timeframe, so we strongly suggest that you select “expedited processing” to make sure you receive your passport in time. 

Don’t miss next month’s post, where we’re talk more about clothes to bring, a few travel must-haves and staying safe on tour. We’re counting the days!

About Ambassadors
of Music

The Ambassadors of Music tour offers talented student musicians an unparalleled opportunity to explore the best of Europe, including the birthplace of classical music itself. This fifteen-day tour takes students and directors on an adventure through five countries, with once-in-a-lifetime cultural experiences throughout our journey, including performances in historic venues.