Any Tour - The Minimum Requirements
All WTT tours require walking and other physical exertion. You can expect to walk 2-3 miles on average over the course of a day, navigate steps, get in and off transportation, and manage your personal belongings without assistance
. On some tours, especially European and other foreign tours, the walking can increase to 5-7 miles of walking over the course of a day. For these reasons, our tours are not suitable for anyone physically challenged, anyone who is walking impaired, or anyone who is a slow walker who cannot keep up with the pace of the group.
Travelers must be able to meet the following minimum activity requirements, regardless of which tour is chosen:
- Walk 2-3 miles on average of the course of a day.
- Walk up and down multiple sets of steps during the course of a day - without assistance of a handrail when none is available.
- Walk over uneven ground, up and down slopes, up and down city streets, and navigate uneven pavement/cobblestone without stopping.
- Stand for 60 minutes, without needing to sit down.
- Step up into and get down from transportation unassisted. This includes buses, vans, trains, boats, planes, etc.
- Manage, lift or otherwise transport your own luggage without assistance when in airports, train stations, into and out of hotels, or other places where portage services may not be available, or time does not allow for locating and contracting with portage services.
- Note: Most WTT hotels have elevators, however when stairs are required to get to and from your room, you may be required to manage your suitcase up 1 flight of stairs unassisted if the hotel has no portage services.
The Overall Amount of Activity: A Rating System
WTT rates the overall amount of activity or exertion necessary to participate in a given tour as a percentage of easy, moderate and strenuous – for a total of 100%. A typical activity level rating for a tour might be: 75% Easy; 15% Moderate; 10% Strenuous. In addition, we will point out any specific requirements for you should be aware of before committing to the trip. The activity level for each trip is stated under the "Important Details" tab, Activity Rating.
Activity levels are subjective and based on the reader's interpretation of what she thinks easy, moderate and hard are for her. And almost everyone overestimates their abilities. Therefore it is important to read the itinerary and to make sure you understand what you are doing throughout the tour. If you have questions about the activity level, contact the WTT office. If you elect to go on a tour and then opt-out of included activities, for whatever reason, no refund will be given.
Preparing to Travel
Do you walk regularly and exercise 3 times a week? Then you're probably prepared to travel. Yes, jet lag and the excitement of new places, new people and new experiences will take their toll, but they won't take you out for the count. If, however, you don't walk regularly and exercise, you will have difficulty overcoming jet lag and dealing with everything else. Lack of fitness can lead to stress and illness while traveling - something no one wants, whether it's you or your fellow travelers.
- Start a walking program 3 months before traveling, working up to walking 1 hour (that's about 3 miles at a normal walking pace) without stopping.
- If you could stand to lose 10 pounds, then do it before you go. Traveling for 10 days or more can put on as much as 5 extra pounds depending on the food you consume.
- Make sure you can manage your luggage unassisted. Pack everything you plan to bring and then carry it up around the house, including going up and down a flight of stairs. If you can't do this comfortably in the privacy of your home you'll never do it while traveling. Re-pack and try again until you are comfortable. Remember, start out light so you can add purchases and still be able to manage your things as the tour progresses.
Travel and Risk
It is important to remember - irrespective of the activity level on any trip - that travel has its own inherent risks, up to and including death. WTT will take all reasonable precautions regarding the safety of travelers. It is your responsibility to determine your level of risk tolerance and to make a decision for yourself whether you should go on the tour, or participate in the included activities.
WTT is not responsible for the actions, expenses or harm incurred when, through your own actions or through the advice/actions of other travelers, you disregard the instructions of the WTT representative(s), engage in activities with other travelers that cause harm, depart from the planned activities of the tour, or follow the instructions of a non-WTT representative(s). In other words, use common sense, listen when instructions are being given, and don't do anything that could endanger yourself or others.
A Final Reminder
Women Traveling Together makes an honest effort to properly describe the overall amount of activity or exertion necessary to participate in a given tour. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to READ the itinerary, and to decide if you are capable of physically handling the activities. If there is any questions, they should be directed to WTT at: (443) 458-5634 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Activity Rating.
WTT will not be held responsible, nor reduce the activity level of the tour, should you be unable to participate or keep up. If you do not take part in an activity, have to pay for alternate activities/transportation, or do not complete an activity, no monies will not be reimbursed by Women Traveling Together.