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The following are questions we are asked most frequently about what it is like to travel with the Walking Connection. Here are straight-forward answers to those questions along plus additional insights providing you with a more complete picture of the exhilarating and authentic experience you'll have with Walking Connection.

Traveling with The Walking Connection - Frequently Asked Questions

Since 1992 we have been leading active adventures around the world for guests just like you. The young and young at heart enjoy the satisfaction of a day’s exploration and relax in the pampering provided at the end of each day’s journey.

Learn why there is a difference when you travel with us and what to expect on our trips including; who travels with us, how far we walk each day, how strenuous our walks are, what is included in your trip, what to bring and more.

New travelers often like to talk with tour directors, owners or trip guides before making a decision to reserve their spot on a trip.  Your question may be answered in the FAQs below but we welcome the opportunity to speak with you directly or exchange emails to provide any additional information.

Our Trips

Are Walking Connection adventures right for me?


Yes, if you like an intimate relationship with your surroundings. By walking the countryside or strolling bustling city streets, you have the chance to explore the path less traveled. To immerse yourself in the true flavor of a culture, the people, its history and all of its unique sights and sounds, it must be done on foot.




Why travel with Walking Connection?


Traveling with Walking Connection is not about going on a “group” tour. It is about taking a ‘real’ vacation where all the details are planned so that you can relax, reenergize and truly be stress free. We find special places that without us, you would probably not find on your own. Once there, you have plenty of time to be independent and explore on your own. We pride ourselves in personal service by knowing our guests on an individual basis. We will learn what your likes and dislikes are, what you are interested in and what your physical capabilities are. Then based on that information, we share each destination with you as only we can.





Weather, Safety and Special Gear

Coverage

How much coverage do I need?


This can vary but I have found the following timeframes to be pretty consistent. Pre-Ceremony: 1 hour + 30 minutes (Prep + First Look)
Ceremony + Formal Photos: 2-3 hours (Varies with Traditions) Reception: 3 hours (Entrance, Special Dances, Cake, Tosses, Toasts + Partial Party Time) Buffer: 30 minutes A full day like this would be most comfortable around 8 hours of coverage. That way your not being rushed through things. PRO TIP: If you are working with a shorter timeline/ budget try ommiting a few things. Such as the grand exit, shorter reception coverage and having the reception events back to back.




Do you work with a 2nd Photographer?


I do! The minimum coverage time is 2 hours. Weddings beyond the 8 freeway have a 4 hour minimum. PRO TIP: Having a 2nd photographer is great! Still over 98% of my weddings are solo. Its nice but can be done without a 2nd Photographer.




Do you have insurance?


Yes, I do! PRO TIP: Ask your venue if they require Vendor Liability Insurance. Most do, so its good to know ahead of time when hiring your vendors.





Deliverables

What is your turnaround time?


For both Photo I deliver within 6 weeks. I also provide Sneak Peaks within 48-72 hours. PRO TIP: If you are going to send out thank you cards, let me know and I can prioritize the photos you want for those cards. That way you can have them printed and mailed in time.




Do you provide RAW images?


The short answer is no. A donut without the glaze isn't complete right? Same goes for photos. They take some finess in post processing to make them special. I edit every photo and personalize it to be as I envisioned when capturing it. PRO TIP: Don't go for the unglazed donut, it's not as good.




How do you deliver the images?


I will deliver the images through an online gallery. It is password protected, so no randoms can find it. You can download the images right from there! PRO TIP: It does expire after a month, so be sure to download them to your computer and back them up to a cloud/ hardrive. Back up, back up, back up. Seriously. DO IT.




Are the images print ready?


Yes, all aimges are in High Resolution and ready for print. PRO TIP: Send the gallery link to your family so they can order prints right from there, one less thing for you to worry about.





Photobooth

How long should I book the booth?


Most events range from 2-4 hours. PRO TIP: Plan for the booth either during cocktail hour or after dinner. The coverage time is consecutive. No one will be using it during dinner, don't spend money you don't have to.




Do I need to hire an attendant?


No, but we will have someone from our team there regardless. To help set up and keep the line moving.




How do I get my content?


If WIFI is available, instantly! Using Email, Text, Airdrop + Gallery. No wifi? No problem! I have a hotspot n my phone the booth can connect to. No service? No worries! All the content will queue and send once the photobooth is connected to the internet again. The full event gallery is usually ready within 24-48 hrs.




Do we get prints?


Sadly no, since the Digital Features are so popular we can send you a high res. file for you print if you'd like.





Who travels with Walking Connection?


They are like-minded people with a positive outlook on life. Many are between the ages of 40 – 65, but all other ages are well represented. You will meet individual travelers and couples with diverse backgrounds who share a common love for seeing and experiencing the world, its cultures and people close up. Based upon past experience, over 90% of people who travel with Walking Connection — will do so again!




What if I don't have anyone to travel with?


Single travelers are always welcome on Walking Connection trips. In fact, most of our trips are a combination of couples, single travelers and close (same gender) friends who enjoy traveling together. We often help locate roommates for guests as well as offer reasonably priced single supplements for those who prefer to room individually. In any case, you can rest assured that by the end of the trip you will have made many new friends.




How many walkers will be on a trip?


We limit the size of most of our groups to 16 guests with the average size being 12 – 14 guests. As important as group size is our guest to host and guide ratio. We generally have at least 1 guide/host for each 6 people on a trip. Private trips or family groups allow even more flexibility in size.





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Our Guests

How far do you walk each day?


Each destination we travel to presents a unique opportunity for walking. Guests can walk as little or as much as they want. You will typically have options throughout the day so that you can walk your pace and pick and choose how much or how little you would like to do. You may choose to get up for a walk to a farmers market before breakfast or take the morning at a slower pace. A van or mini-bus is always available for anyone who needs a lift. If you regularly walk and can comfortably go 3-5 miles at a time, these vacations are perfect for you.




What are the accommodations like?


Always high style and first class — we want you to feel pampered. By selecting the best available and most suitable accommodations an area has to offer, we ensure you will finish each day the way it began — peaceful, relaxed and looking forward to your next experience.




What will the meals be like?


Whenever you travel with Walking Connection, the cuisine reflects the region's very best. Dining venues include quaint family operated restaurants, private homes, farms, vineyards and occasionally local cooking schools where we participate and learn how meals of the area are prepared. Breakfasts are hearty and frequently lunches will be picnics served at some of the most beautiful places on earth. If you have special dietary needs we can usually accommodate them with advance notice.





Who travels with Walking Connection?


They are like-minded people with a positive outlook on life. Many are between the ages of 40 – 65, but all other ages are well represented. You will meet individual travelers and couples with diverse backgrounds who share a common love for seeing and experiencing the world, its cultures and people close up. Based upon past experience, over 90% of people who travel with Walking Connection — will do so again!




What if I don't have anyone to travel with?


Single travelers are always welcome on Walking Connection trips. In fact, most of our trips are a combination of couples, single travelers and close (same gender) friends who enjoy traveling together. We often help locate roommates for guests as well as offer reasonably priced single supplements for those who prefer to room individually. In any case, you can rest assured that by the end of the trip you will have made many new friends.




How many walkers will be on a trip?


We limit the size of most of our groups to 16 guests with the average size being 12 – 14 guests. As important as group size is our guest to host and guide ratio. We generally have at least 1 guide/host for each 6 people on a trip. Private trips or family groups allow even more flexibility in size.