Where do I get more information about the tour?
The best place to look is the trip notes for each of our trips on the relevant pages of this website. This will give you details into the day-to-day itinerary and inclusions as well as other useful information. Once you’ve confirmed your booking, we will send out trip-specific pre-departure information, which will give you the lowdown about visas, vaccinations and all the other vital stuff you’ll need before you go.
What should I pack?
Once you have confirmed your booking, we will send out a detailed pre-departure information pack covering all sorts of practical information, including a general packing list and a list of any other special items you may need to bring.
What immunisations do I need?
Immunisations vary from country to country and we strongly recommend you visit your local doctor or contact the Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre (www.traveldoctor.com.au) to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you about appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure, so allow plenty of time. It is also important that you obtain a certificate of vaccination and that you carry this with you on your trip. Please note that in some cases a certificate of vaccination is compulsory in order to obtain a visa.
Do I need to take any medical supplies?
A suggested list of items to take with you will be sent out to you with your trip-specific info pack on confirmation of your booking. Please note however that this list doesn’t cover what medications to bring. We recommend you carry personal medical items for managing common minor ailments such as colds, diarrhoea, blisters and sore throats etc. Travellers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply. Asthma sufferers should ensure that they have an adequate supply of their routine medicine, as some major cities have high levels of smog.
How much luggage can I take?
As a general rule, pack light but bring all the essentials. Leave some space in your luggage – you’ll no doubt want to bring home some souvenirs from the communities and cities you visit. There will be occasions when you will be carrying your luggage on and off public transport, so you should consider travelling with a backpack or a soft duffel bag. Suitcases are okay on some of our trips, but not as practical. Each airline has specific rules as to luggage allowances – check directly with them or ask your travel consultant to confirm for you.
Will I be able to do any laundry?
Some of the places we stay have laundry facilities, and those that don’t may have laundry facilities nearby, especially within cities. It is also a good idea to bring some ‘travel wash’, and a travel clothes line. This will help you cut down on packing space, and can be particularly useful if you are on a multi-day activity adventure, such as trekking in remote areas.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
Sometimes. This varies depending on which trip you are booking on, and we will let you know in the pre-departure information pack that is sent out to you on confirmation of your booking.
How fit do I need to be?
Our holidays are designed to be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. However, some trips visit remote areas where medical facilities are limited or non-existent, so you must be in good health. Some trips may include an activity element, or be entirely activity-based such as our cycling and trekking holidays, so some preparation and practise of the activity you will be doing is recommended. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential.
There are some other factors to consider: bumpy roads, dust, traffic, delays and unfamiliar customs and cultures may all create additional demands. You also sometimes have to carry your own bags so bear that in mind when deciding if you really need that extra pair of shoes.
Our trips are all graded, which describes the focus, level of activity, comfort and style of the tour. They’re pretty self-explanatory grades: ‘moderate walk’ for example is just that, with days consisting of five or six hour-walks, so a reasonably good level of fitness is needed. A higher level of fitness is needed for our ‘moderate trek’ trips, and higher still for our challenging treks and mountaineering treks. We also have cultural adventures, cycling, remote adventures, expeditions, wildlife and wilderness – for every one of our trips, we give you a full run-through of all you need to take and everything you can expect while on your tour. See the trip notes for each of our tours for details of the trip type. For the tours we categorise as adventurous, challenging or remote, we may ask you to complete a questionnaire in advance.
Do I need to get a visa for my trip?
Many of the countries we travel to require you have a visa before arrival. This will vary greatly depending on which country you are travelling to and which passport you hold. We will send you a trip-specific pre-departure information pack with your confirmation. This has all the visa information and the best way to obtain them if they are needed. It’s best to get visas sorted out as far in advance as possible – the processing time in some cases can be quite long.
Do I need to take Travel Insurance?
It is compulsory that you have comprehensive travel insurance. Domestic government medical insurance and private health schemes will not cover you in most overseas countries. Peregrine has a policy designed to cover participants in our programs; please ask your consultant for full details. You may take other cover, of course, but we require you to be adequately insured before we can allow you to participate in our tours. Please check the terms of the policy carefully, particularly with regard to limits of cover (eg for replacement of photographic equipment, baggage loss, etc) and the procedure for making claims (for example, most policies stipulate that claims must be made within a certain time after completion of your journey). Your policy MUST cover medical costs in case of hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation. If you are going on one of our activity holidays, make sure your insurance covers you for this activity.
Once you have paid your deposit or full payment, certain fees will apply if you cancel your holiday. Insurance should therefore be organised at the time of booking to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances that would require you to cancel before travelling.
Your Peregrine leader will need two copies of your policy - the Tour Leader and our Ground Operator will keep one copy each in the unlikely event of an emergency. The copies must show the policy number and the emergency hotline phone number.
Can I get online whilst travelling?
Internet cafés are plentiful throughout much of the world, particularly in major cities – an internet email address and a webcam/phone account (such as skype) are good ways of staying in touch.
Will my mobile work overseas?
If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Check with your service provider before you go if they have a reciprocal agreement with the countries you are travelling to, and make sure you remember to get international roaming turned on.
I am going on an activity holiday – trekking, cycling etc. Do I need to pack differently?
Probably. Once you’ve confirmed your booking with us, we send you an information pack that is specific to the trip you’re going on. So if you’re climbing Aconcagua or cycling through Provence, all the information on what to bring and how to bring it will be with you well before your departure date. And if you’re still unsure about something or want further information, you can always contact us via email, phone or pop in for a chat.