Travel Advice - Awesome Experiences

Travel Advice

At Awesome Experiences, we know that some pre-departure planning can take any potential stress out of an adventure. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of basic travel advice for your quick reference. While not a comprehensive list, these are some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned from experience.

Weather

However much we would like to control the weather, sadly it is not in our power. Remember that the weather and season in your experience destination(s) may be different from home. We advise checking the forecast in your destination(s) before departure and packing accordingly. Due to the nature of some experiences, itineraries may be altered, or activities cancelled, due to adverse weather. See our Terms & Conditions for more info.

Travel Documents

You will be sent an email containing all the documentation you will need before departure. Some important documents for use in-country will be provided on arrival (e.g. tickets for events, transport). Keep all the documents that you will need on your journey to hand. Bear in mind that it’s always good to have hard copies of digital documents in case you have any technical difficulties, for example no phone reception.

Health

Some Awesome Experiences itineraries require a high level of fitness. We ask that you check the Full Itinerary carefully to judge if you would be comfortable with all activities. If in doubt, please consult your doctor before booking, or contact us if you have questions. Our FAQs and Terms & Conditions have more information on health requirements.

If you are travelling within Europe, you may be able to get an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). You’ll need to carry this when you travel, but bear in mind that it does not replace adequate travel insurance.

Vaccinations

Please research whether your destination(s) require or recommend specific vaccinations before travel. Some vaccinations are available through the NHS, whilst others may have a cost attached. Please visit the NHS site for more information.

Travel Insurance

As our experiences involve exciting activities and destinations, so it’s worth checking that your insurance policy covers all aspects of your holiday. Some activities (e.g. skiing, hiking at altitude, paragliding) and health conditions are not covered by basic insurance. Insurance companies tend to have different policies depending on where you are going, so always check the specifics relating to your destination(s). You are responsible for ensuring you have adequate travel insurance.

Passports

We believe that one of the benefits of travelling is filling up your passport with stamps. Check that your passport and all the information within it is up to date and that you have enough space for visa stamps. Some countries will deny entry if your passport has less than six months remaining from the date you return to the UK. If you need to apply for or renew your passport, remember that waiting times can be lengthy, particular in peak season. Make sure the information you give to us matches the passport you will be using for travel.

Visas

It is important you check visa requirements for the destination(s) you are visiting. Please see our Visa section for more information.

Accessibility

We want everyone to enjoy trips of a lifetime. Our Accessibility section has more information about meeting your needs during your experience.

Money

Always check the currency you will need in your destination(s) (some countries use more than one) and remember that exchange rates are constantly fluctuating. Whilst there are now alternatives to carrying cash, some providers will charge you for using your card abroad. Bear in mind that many of our trips visit rural areas where you may have difficulty using cards or withdrawing money.

Altitude

Some of our tours (Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu, The Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain & Lake Titicaca; Everest Helicopter & Hiking in Nepal) are at high altitude, which can affect your body. The following is for information only and should not be taken as a substitute for professional advice.

  • Headache
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • No appetite
  • Shortness of breath

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, but it is most likely to happen if you ascend too quickly. This is why our experiences at high altitude include a slow start to help you acclimatise before doing anything too strenuous. Your guides will be very experienced and can provide further advice on how to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be very dangerous – if you do feel unwell, be sure to tell someone immediately. Some people may recommend medicines to you in order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, but Awesome Experiences recommends that you always consult a qualified doctor before taking any medicines.

It is also worth remembering that the higher the altitude, the stronger the sun, so make sure you have adequate sun protection. The weather at high altitude is colder and more changeable too.

Cultural Differences

One of the great things about travel is being able to experience different cultures. Some of the countries we visit have customs and traditions that are very different from the UK. You may be asked to do something when visiting an attraction (e.g. removing your shoes) or refrain from doing something you wouldn’t think about at home (e.g. taking photographs). It is important to be aware of the culture you are visiting and be respectful of any requests.

Public Holidays/ Local Festivals

You’ll get a great feel for a country during a public holiday or festival, but you may find that it affects the opening times of shops and attractions. Public holidays can also affect the prices and timetables of transport, worth bearing in mind when choosing a time to travel.

Baggage Allowance - International and Internal Flights

None of us want to pay more than expected or have to leave something behind in order to carry on our journey. Baggage restrictions vary by carrier and country so please check the allowance for any flights you book yourself. Baggage restrictions on flights we have organised will be detailed in your pre-departure pack. Contact us to check dimensions and sizes. We cannot be held responsible for any excess baggage charges that you incur.

Travel Updates

Unfortunately we live in a world that, from time to time, suffers natural disasters or is affected by political unrest. For the most up-to-date information, please see the FCO (UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office) website or the UK government’s travel advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Travel Advice

At Awesome Experiences, we know that some pre-departure planning can take any potential stress out of an adventure. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of basic travel advice for your quick reference. While not a comprehensive list, these are some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned from experience.

Weather

However much we would like to control the weather, sadly it is not in our power. Remember that the weather and season in your experience destination(s) may be different from home. We advise checking the forecast in your destination(s) before departure and packing accordingly. Due to the nature of some experiences, itineraries may be altered, or activities cancelled, due to adverse weather. See our Terms & Conditions for more info.

Travel Documents

You will be sent an email containing all the documentation you will need before departure. Some important documents for use in-country will be provided on arrival (e.g. tickets for events, transport). Keep all the documents that you will need on your journey to hand. Bear in mind that it’s always good to have hard copies of digital documents in case you have any technical difficulties, for example no phone reception.

Health

Some Awesome Experiences itineraries require a high level of fitness. We ask that you check the Full Itinerary carefully to judge if you would be comfortable with all activities. If in doubt, please consult your doctor before booking, or contact us if you have questions. Our FAQs and Terms & Conditions have more information on health requirements.

If you are travelling within Europe, you may be able to get an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). You’ll need to carry this when you travel, but bear in mind that it does not replace adequate travel insurance.

Vaccinations

Please research whether your destination(s) require or recommend specific vaccinations before travel. Some vaccinations are available through the NHS, whilst others may have a cost attached. Please visit the NHS site for more information.

Travel Insurance

As our experiences involve exciting activities and destinations, so it’s worth checking that your insurance policy covers all aspects of your holiday. Some activities (e.g. skiing, hiking at altitude, paragliding) and health conditions are not covered by basic insurance. Insurance companies tend to have different policies depending on where you are going, so always check the specifics relating to your destination(s). You are responsible for ensuring you have adequate travel insurance.

Passports

We believe that one of the benefits of travelling is filling up your passport with stamps. Check that your passport and all the information within it is up to date and that you have enough space for visa stamps. Some countries will deny entry if your passport has less than six months remaining from the date you return to the UK. If you need to apply for or renew your passport, remember that waiting times can be lengthy, particular in peak season. Make sure the information you give to us matches the passport you will be using for travel.

Visas

It is important you check visa requirements for the destination(s) you are visiting. Please see our Visa section for more information.

Accessibility

We want everyone to enjoy trips of a lifetime. Our Accessibility section has more information about meeting your needs during your experience.

Money

Always check the currency you will need in your destination(s) (some countries use more than one) and remember that exchange rates are constantly fluctuating. Whilst there are now alternatives to carrying cash, some providers will charge you for using your card abroad. Bear in mind that many of our trips visit rural areas where you may have difficulty using cards or withdrawing money.

Altitude

Some of our tours (Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Sacred Valley; Machu Picchu, The Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain & Lake Titicaca; Everest Helicopter & Hiking in Nepal) are at high altitude, which can affect your body. The following is for information only and should not be taken as a substitute for professional advice.

  • Headache
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • No appetite
  • Shortness of breath

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, but it is most likely to happen if you ascend too quickly. This is why our experiences at high altitude include a slow start to help you acclimatise before doing anything too strenuous. Your guides will be very experienced and can provide further advice on how to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be very dangerous – if you do feel unwell, be sure to tell someone immediately. Some people may recommend medicines to you in order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, but Awesome Experiences recommends that you always consult a qualified doctor before taking any medicines.

It is also worth remembering that the higher the altitude, the stronger the sun, so make sure you have adequate sun protection. The weather at high altitude is colder and more changeable too.

Cultural Differences

One of the great things about travel is being able to experience different cultures. Some of the countries we visit have customs and traditions that are very different from the UK. You may be asked to do something when visiting an attraction (e.g. removing your shoes) or refrain from doing something you wouldn’t think about at home (e.g. taking photographs). It is important to be aware of the culture you are visiting and be respectful of any requests.

Public Holidays/ Local Festivals

You’ll get a great feel for a country during a public holiday or festival, but you may find that it affects the opening times of shops and attractions. Public holidays can also affect the prices and timetables of transport, worth bearing in mind when choosing a time to travel.

Baggage Allowance - International and Internal Flights

None of us want to pay more than expected or have to leave something behind in order to carry on our journey. Baggage restrictions vary by carrier and country so please check the allowance for any flights you book yourself. Baggage restrictions on flights we have organised will be detailed in your pre-departure pack. Contact us to check dimensions and sizes. We cannot be held responsible for any excess baggage charges that you incur.

Travel Updates

Unfortunately we live in a world that, from time to time, suffers natural disasters or is affected by political unrest. For the most up-to-date information, please see the FCO (UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office) website or the UK government’s travel advice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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