Destination Guides

These handy guides give you a quick introduction to the destination your child is visiting, including average temperatures, currency and language spoken.

You can visit the main destination pages for more information on why we fell in love with these countries and your school’s teacher or trip leader will be able to provide more information on the trip specifics.

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The Azores

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The Azores are nine Portuguese Islands, which can be found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, making them Europe’s westernmost point. The Azores were created at the junction of three tectonic plates, making the islands an inspirational destination for geographers. The largest of the nine Islands is Sao Miguel.

Language spoken: Portuguese
Currency: Euros
Population: 245,766 people
Average highest temperature: 25°C in August
Average Lowest Temperature: 12°C in January
Spending money: The cost of living in the Azores is low in comparison to the UK and many European destinations.

Bottle of water: €0.50

The cost of lunch at a local restaurant: €10

Toy rooster, Portugal’s vividly coloured Barcelos “good luck” rooster, popular in the Azores: €4 on average.

 

Iceland

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Iceland is an island located where the North Atlantic and Artic Oceans meet. Iceland was created by divergence at the Mid Atlantic Ridge. It is a land full of volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, jagged coastlines and other incredible geographical features unmatched by any other place on Earth.

Language spoken: Icelandic
Currency: Icelandic Krona
Population: 357,000 people
Average highest temperature: 13°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: -3°C in January
Spending money: £1 is approximately 177 ISK.

Prices for sandwiches and drinks are comparable to those in many coffee shop chains in the UK and the mid-range super markets comparable to high end supermarkets in the UK.

The delicious Icelandic confectionary, Lindu Rís Buff, costs on average 600 ISK.

Italy

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Italy is a Mediterranean country located in Southern Europe. On the south-western coast you find the Bay of Naples in the Campania region and Rome, the capital of Italy, situated in the Lazio region. Off the south west coast, you’ll find Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and home to Europe’s largest volcano, Mount Etna.

Sicily: 

Language spoken: Italian
Currency: Euros
Population: 5 million people
Average highest temperature: 26°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: 5°C in January and February
Spending money: €4 for a slice of Pizza

€5-10 for a key ring or small souvenir

€2 for a small gelato

Bay of Naples: 

Language spoken: Italian
Currency: Euros
Population: 3.1 million people
Average highest temperature: 32°C in July
Average Lowest Temperature: 3°C in January and February
Spending money: €7.50 for a whole margarita pizza

€20 for good quality t-shirt

€2 for a small gelato

Rome:

Language spoken: Italian
Currency: Euros
Population: 2.8 million people
Average highest temperature: 32°C in July
Average Lowest Temperature: 3°C in January and February
Spending money: €7.50 for a whole margarita pizza

€5-10 for a key ring or small souvenir

€2 for a small gelato

 

 

Mallorca

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Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, situated in the Mediterranean and a part of Spain. Palma, the capital of Mallorca is also the capital of the Balearic Island. Beyond the holiday destination, the Island offers epic landscapes and special culture, making it the perfect destination for students.

Language spoken: Spanish and Catalan
Currency: Euros
Population: 923,608
Average highest temperature: 31°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: 15°C in January
Spending money: €2 for an ensaïmada, a Mallorcan spiral-shaped pastry

Around €1 for a bottle of water

€2 for a small ice cream

Montenegro

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Montenegro is located in the South of Europe, on the coast of the Balkans. Fringed by the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro also shares its boarders with 5 states: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and Serbia. The country is just 100 kilometres from head to toe, but is bursting with geography and adventure for all students.

Language spoken: Montenegrin
Currency: Euros
Population: 622,359
Average highest temperature: 32°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: 1°C in January
Spending money: €1.50 for a pizza slice

€0.30 for a postcard

€2.50 for a cappuccino

Norway

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Situated in Northern Europe, Norway is one of the four countries that make up Scandinavia. The majority of Norway borders water including the Norwegian Sea, North Sea and Barents Sea. Famed for Fjords, mountains and northern lights, Norway has exceptional geography and a national passion for the great outdoors, no matter the weather. Norway is also a shining example of a sustainable country. In addition to educating their pupils from a young age about the importance of being green, Norway has many eco-friendly achievements. One of the biggest is that Norway recycles 97% of their plastic bottles.

Language spoken: Norwegian
Currency: Norwegian krone
Population: 5.368 million
Average highest temperature: 18°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: -1°C in February
Spending money: £1 is approximately 10 NOK.

24 NOK for a bottle of water

180 NOK for an average meal in a local restaurant

35 NOK for a sharing bar of Norwegian chocolate

China

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China is located in South East Asia along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. China is the world’s third largest country, after Russia and Canada. With an area of 9.6 million square kilometres and a coastline of 18,000 kilometres. China borders 14 sovereign states including India, Afghanistan, North Korea, Russia and Vietnam.

Shanghai: 

Language spoken: Wu Chinese
Currency: Yuan (Renminbi)
Population: 24 million people
Average highest temperature: 32°C in July
Average Lowest Temperature: 1°C in January
Spending money: Shanghai, like most big cities around the world is slightly pricier than smaller cities and rural areas in China. That said, prices are still significantly lower than in the UK. We recommend budgeting around 2-10 yuan for a snack from a street vendor (25p – £1.50)

Beijing: 

Language spoken: Mandarin
Currency: Yuan (or Renminbi)
Population: 21 million people
Average highest temperature: 31°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: -9°C in January
Spending money: Beijing, like most big cities around the world is slightly pricier than smaller cities and rural areas in China. That said, prices are still significantly lower than in the UK. We recommend budgeting around 2-10 yuan for a snack from a street vendor (25p – £1.50)

Xi’an:

Language spoken: Zhongyuan Mandarin
Currency: Yuan (or Renminbi)
Population: 12 million people
Average highest temperature: 32°C in June and July
Average Lowest Temperature: -4°C in January
Spending money: You may find that Xi’an is slightly cheaper than some of the bigger cities in China like Shanghai and Beijing.  The average bottle of water costs 2 yuan (25p) and Chinese fast food meals can cost as low as 20 yuan (£2.40)

Chengdu:

Language spoken: Mandarin
Currency: Yuan (or Renminbi)
Population: 16 million people
Average highest temperature: 30°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: 3°C in January
Spending money: You may find that Chengdu is slightly cheaper than some of the bigger cities in China like Shanghai and Beijing.  The average bottle of water costs 2 yuan (25p) and Chinese fast food meals can cost as low as 20 yuan (£2.40)
Costa Rica

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Located in Central America, Costa Rica boarders Nicaragua, Panama, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica is the poster child for ecotourism, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity and produces 99% of its energy from renewable sources.  Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country and it has not had an army since 1948.

Language spoken: Spanish
Currency: Colon
Population: 4.99 million people
Average highest temperature: 27°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: 14°C in January
Spending money: 1 pound is approximately 733 Costa Rican Colon.

Water bottle: 785.20 ₡

An empanada from a street food vendor: 900 ₡

Pura Vida T shirt: 11,500 ₡

Morocco

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Situated in North Africa, Morocco boarders with both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. As well as Algeria, Morocco shares a land boarder with the Western Sahara. Much of Morocco is mountainous and its highest peak is Mount Toubkal at 4,167m, making it the highest point in North Africa and the Arab World. With its contrasting landscapes, a unique culture and a wealth of curriculum links, Morocco is a hidden gem for geographers.

Language spoken: Moroccan Arabic
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Population: 36.03 million people
Average highest temperature: 36°C in July and August
Average Lowest Temperature: 6°C in January
Spending money: 1 pound is approximately 12 Moroccan Dirham.

Water bottle: MAD 8

Public Restroom: MAD 4

Mint tea: MAD 10