Why is my deposit non-refundable?

Because it is impossible to plan trips of these magnitudes without placing deposits and purchasing non-transferrable flights and excursions in your name, the $500 deposit will remain non-refundable. However, if Illuminate Youth Trips cancels your designated trip, you will be able to use your $500 deposit on any trip the same year or the year following cancellation. All fees are refundable less your deposit up until February 1, 2024.