We’re sure that you’ll have a great time on your guided walking holiday with us. Here are ten expert tips to help you have the perfect trip:
1. Pick the grade that’s right for you
Each of our holidays is graded for difficulty. This is shown clearly on its website page, and you’ll find full details in the ‘Trip Information’ tab. Make sure you want to do the kind of walking that’s required. If you’re not sure, we suggest you ‘err’ on the side of caution. After all, it’s a holiday, not a test of endurance!
2. Check our website
Our website has a wealth of detail about each holiday we offer: the itinerary, accommodation, reviews, and all sorts of useful information. If you read it all carefully you’ll have a very good idea of what to expect. And it’s a great way to feel the excitement your holiday before you’ve even left home!
3. Bring spending money…
Although most things are included in the price (accommodation and most food and travel), you’ll need extra for things like entrance fees, optional excursions, souvenirs – and your bar bill, of course! Bear in mind that in some countries there are few opportunities to change money, so running out of the local currency can be a problem. You’ll find more details about this on the website as well.
4. … but let us take care of the tips
Your group leader will make sure that appropriate tips are given wherever required. We give them funds for this, which you don’t have to add to – although you can if you like.
5. Dress appropriately
Many cultures’ rules about appropriate dress are different from Western norms. They may be different for men and women. It’s especially important to be aware of this when visiting temples and holy sites.
6. Don’t lose your boots
If you’re taking a plane, it’s best to wear your walking boots or pack them in your hand luggage. It’s rare for hold luggage to be lost or delayed, but it does happen occasionally, so don’t risk turning a drama into a crisis.
7. Be polite about phones
We ask you to switch your phone off – or at least to use it as little as possible – while walking and during group meals. After all, a Ramblers Walking Holiday is all about making friends and enjoying new experiences.
8. Photocopy your passport
It’s a good idea to bring a photocopy of the personal details page of your passport. This can make things a lot easier if you lose the original.
9. Make sure you bring everything you’ll need
Our website includes a suggested kit list for your holiday, and a checklist of travel documents. They’re a good place to start.
10. Be smart about water
Rather than bringing single-use plastic water bottles, why not use a re-fillable bottle that contains its own filter, so you can fill it up from any source? We’ve partnered with one manufacturer, Water-to-go: on their website (www.watertogo.eu) just enter the code RWH17 and you’ll get a 15% discount.
Most of all – don’t forget to have fun!