Preparing for your trip
If you will be leaving the U.S.A., please make sure your documentation is in order. A passport valid for six months after you return is required for U.S. citizens traveling to all international destinations; this now includes Canada and Mexico as of December 31, 2006. U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico will need proof of U.S. citizenship. If you are a citizen of any country other than the U.S., be sure to check visa requirements as soon as possible.
Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx; 877-FYI-TRIP) concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting.
VENT tours depart from the departure city or location listed in the tour itinerary, but we can also book your travel to the departure location.
VENT’s in-house, full-service travel agency was established in 1990 to offer VENT customers a complete range of travel-related services. For airline reservations and ticketing, we charge a service fee of $35 for domestic and $55 for international itineraries. This fee is assessed per-person per-tour so that if multiple tickets are required, as is sometimes the case, you will be charged this transaction fee only once. All your travel arrangements can be made with one easy call to 800/328-VENT or 512/328-5221. Just tell us which tour you wish to take and we’ll do the rest!
Check to see that all of your air arrangements are in order. Check your tickets, and be sure to reconfirm the night before to make certain your departure time hasn’t changed. After boarding the aircraft, be sure to drink plenty of liquids and move around frequently to aid circulation while in flight.
Your tour itinerary will have specific suggestions about what to bring. In general, bring the things you will need and leave unnecessary items at home. Casual attire is appropriate at all times on VENT tours. Wearing bright or light-colored clothing in the field is strongly discouraged. Waterproof or rubber boots that reach at least halfway to the knee are useful on many VENT tours (check specific itineraries). All VENT leaders carry a scope. Bringing one of your own is optional. A water bottle, insect repellent, a hat, alarm clock, and snacks may also be useful.