Traveling Independently

One of the most commonly asked questions by inquiring travelers is whether they should come independently or with a friend.

Close to half of our travelers do join us independently. The number per trip varies so please feel free to contact us to discuss the programs of interest to you. There are many advantages to coming on your own and we are glad to discuss this decision with you.

There is a great geographic mix of teens for you to meet and share an unforgettable experience.  From our ice breakers on the first few days to the incredible activities, we work hard to ensure everyone feels a part of the Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel family.

But don’t just take our word for it!  The following are what past travelers have had to say.

Josie had a great time. She departed for Spain knowing nobody on the trip and came home with a lot of new friends. Everyone was very friendly and down-to-earth which was exactly what she wanted. All was very professionally run with knowledgeable staff. It seems like a very well-oiled machine, pretty impressive.
Carolyn & Gary Olschansky, Cockeysville, Maryland

My summer could not have been better. Coming by myself gave me so many opportunities to make new friends. Thanks Westcoast!
Lea Silverman, East Northport, New York

The trip was absolutely amazing. Going into it I didn’t know anyone, but the leaders made it easy to make friends. Best summer ever!
Todd Steiner, Randolph, New Jersey

Thank you for the amazing program you run! Alex went on Backpack Italy, knowing absolutely no one, and had no idea what was in store for him. Alex arrived home today, with 20 new wonderful friends, and visited cities and places that moved him deeply. He said the trip was truly magical and has forever changed his life for the better. It was hard for Alex to say goodbye to everyone on the trip; he will truly miss all the friends and staff. I am extremely impressed with your program and I would highly recommend it to all teens looking to broaden their summer experiences. Thank you for giving my son the “summer of his life”. We look forward to traveling with you again!
Lisa & Mark Rush, Highland Park, Illinois

During this trip I became friends with so many people and absolutely loved the staff. I came into the trip nervous about making friends but now I feel like it was easy.
Whitney Decker, Lexington, Massachusetts

Thank you for the best summer of my life! I came not knowing anyone and right away the staff made me feel right at home and I had a group of friends right away. I met people I wouldn’t have met, and will go home with friends for a lifetime. Thank you for the best summer of my life!
Sam Weisman, Califon, New Jersey

Coming alone I would have never expected to make as many friends as I did. Thank you so much for the two most incredible summers of my life. Europe changed my life and I now see the world differently than I ever have before.
Rachel Stauber, Melville, New York

Before the trip started, I was a little nervous about traveling to another country with people that I have never met, but the staff and the other kids were so amazing. It was one of the best summers I have ever had. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to broaden their minds and make life-long friends.
John Davis, Lancaster, Ohio

What a phenomenal experience Joe had. He in fact admitted “This trip has changed me for the better” (which is quite an admission from a 15 year old!). It was really a lovely group of kids. The leaders did a great job making sure everyone met and interacted, so that even though Joe didn’t know anyone going into the trip, he made great friends. Thank you.
Susan Harris & Hayward Kaiser, Los Angeles, California

I was nervous about going alone but I instantly made friends. I became very close with the staff and could tell them anything. California & The Canyons was the best trip of my life.
Alyssa Waterman, Merrick, New York

I loved the trip! I had an awesome time and wish I could do it all over again! It’s amazing how a person can go on this trip without knowing anyone and leave with an entire group of friends for life.
Haley Banks, Villanova, Pennsylvania

My summer was amazing. I went alone and within the first 10 minutes of arriving I already had friends. I’ll never forget my experiences.
Chloe Nenner, Bedford, New York

I came on my teen tour alone, but everyone was so accepting! I made friends right away and had an amazing summer! The staff was very supportive and I’ll never forget this summer!
Rebecca Trattner, Upper Saddle, New Jersey

This trip was amazing, and I met the most incredible people! It is the best thing that ever happened to me! I signed up by myself and was nervous at what to expect, this trip blew my expectations away! I met my best friend on this trip and a ton of amazing new friends that I will stay in touch with for many years to come! My favorite activities were the small things we did as a group that brought us closer. Thank you so much for the summer of a lifetime!
Morgan Wagner, Henderson, Nevada

I learned that coming alone really helped me branch out and make amazing friends. This trip really strengthened me as a person and I made everlasting friends as well as open my eyes to unforgettable experiences that will last a lifetime.
Danielle Susskind, East Brunswick, New Jersey

What an amazing experience Ashleigh had. She went solo and came home saying she wanted to cry because it was over. Thank you again for an awesome trip.
Lauren & Hal Skolnick, Coral Springs, Florida

Coming into this trip by myself really made me nervous and doubtful, but I’m so glad I did it. I made such great friends and had the best time. This trip was way more than I expected it to be. I had the best time and would definitely recommend this program to a friend.
Courtney Grimaldi, Dix Hills, New York

Alyssa had the MOST AMAZING TIME. The leaders were wonderful, the trip ran very smoothly and everyone on the trip got along. It sounds almost too good to be true. Alyssa went alone and I would encourage other kids who don’t know anyone to DO IT. She has made some really close friends and it sounds like these friendships will last quite some time. THANK YOU WESTCOAST CONNECTION for an amazing experience that our daughter will remember forever!
Debra & Peter Leon, Coral Springs, Florida

I came on this trip alone, not knowing anyone, but making friends was so easy and fun. The staff was so great! Everyone was so much fun. The service itself was an amazing experience.
Sabrina Kaune, Scarsdale, New York

This has definitely been the best summer of my life! I was very nervous to go on the trip because I did not come with a friend but I made amazing friendships that I know will last a lifetime! I have no regrets and I am so happy that I was able to experience a Westcoast Connection Active Teen Tour.
Samantha Shinder, Toronto, Ontario

I loved this trip! This trip was truly incredible. Whether I was laughing, learning, or just chilling out, every second of this trip was memorable. I made some great friends and even though I came alone, I fit in right away.
Louis Long, Old Tappan, New Jersey


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