While phones are technically permitted on our programs we have a strict policy to reduce usage. Participants may have their phones for emergencies and during free time in the evenings back at the hotel, but we expect them to be fully present and unplugged throughout the day and encourage them to live in the moment. Teens may use their phones for photo opportunities, however, we will be taking upwards of 100 photos a day on our high-quality DSLR cameras that we upload to a shared album every evening. We find this policy works well to help teens and families feel safe knowing they have a phone if they need it while balancing phones not detracting from the actual trip.