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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 Adventures & Trips

Are Walking Connection Geographhic 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. Much of the world we explore moves at pedestian speed. Matching that allows you to Immerse yourself in the true flavor of a culture, the people, its history and all of its unique sights and sounds.

Why travel with Walking Connection?

Traveling with Walking Connection is not about going on a “group” tour. It is about taking a ‘real’ vacation/holiday 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.

What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure Travel is for those inclined or willing to engage in adventures; defined as exciting or very unusual experiences. To be adventurous. Adventure Travel is participatory. It's the act of engaging in the activities of a travel experience rather than viewing it as a spectator. The true definition of Adventure Travel can be fround between the beholder's, mind, and heart. What is adventurous to YOU? Perhaps a relaxing walk along a deserted beach? A hike to a distant mountain peak or a walk through old town with freinds to an amazing city park? Pick your adventure dream vacation. We know the way!

Our Guests

Who travels with Walking Connection?

They are like-minded people with a positive outlook on life. Many are between the ages of 45 – 70, but all 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 95% of people who travel with Walking Connection — will do so again!

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

Solo 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 arrangements for those who prefer to room individually.

How many adventurers will be on a small group trip?

That depends upon the trip. For most, there are 8 - 12 guests. On selected departures we charter a luxury yacht or private camp where there are accommodations for 16 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.

Your Adventure

How far do you walk each day?

Each day comes with planned activities. You are usually at liberty to choose the ones you want to do or go it on your own. 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.

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.

What is included in the trip price?

Each trip is different, so are the inclusions. Please read each adventure page carefully. Also, you can contact our team directly about anything, so if you have a question, click here and ask or tell us anything. Here is a general list of some, but not all of the inclusions you can expect.

  • Comprehensive information prior to the trip including reading lists, recommended web sites and detailed information about the destination.
  • All accommodations with private baths, breakfasts, most lunches and dinners each day.*
  • Experienced Walking Connection Tour Host, local resident guides, and additional city guides or naturalists for selected trips.
  • Internal flights, boat rides, trains, 4-wheel drive, camel, elephant transfers on trips where noted.
  • Gratuities for all hotels, porterage and meals.
  • Special events entrance fees included in trip itinerary, such as park entry fees, museums, villas, archaeological sites, special walking events, etc.
  • Drinking water provided for each day’s walks.
  • Daily trail snacks.
  • Special Walking Connection travel gifts and surprises throughout your trip.
  • The unbeatable experience of traveling with new-found and old Walking Connection friends. A single trip with Walking Connection will provide you with a lifetime of stories to share with your family and friends.
*Each Walking Connection trip has its own special characteristics. This listing is a general guideline. For complete details of what is and what is not included on each trip, please see the individual trip brochure or web site.

What is The Walking Connection?

Walking Connection Geographic Adventures is an adventure travel company specializing in international active vacations, tours, and trips to more than 30 different countries around the world. Much more than just walking tours or hiking tours, guests can choose Independent Travel Itineraries at any of our destinations, join a small group of like-minded people on a preset departure, or choose to have us build a custom active adventure exclusively for them.

How long has the Walking Connection been in business?

We were founded in 1989.

Who owns The Walking Connection?

Gene and Jo Ann Taylor

What type of travel does The Walking Connection offer?

We offer three styles of travel.

  1. Independent – These are preset and scripted itineraries at specific destinations. The Walking Connection makes all arrangements for accommodations, meals, transportation. These can be guided or self-guided. Guests can select any date that is suitable for them.

  2. Custom – Guests select where and when they want to go. We work closely with each guest to suggest and help choose the type of activities to include, then we arrange the components into an exclusive itinerary.

  3. Small-Group Tour – These are set departures and itineraries to a specific destination. These can be private for affinity groups or families, or an open tour where like-minded guests come from all walks of life.

Can The Walking Connection make travel arrangements for me?

YES! We cover the spectrum, from budget conscience trips to the ultimate in luxury adventures. Each receives our service guarantee that provides guests with constant contact while building your vacation, precise delivery of your vacation experience, and ongoing backup while on your holiday to assure your safety during your trip.

I prefer not to travel in a group, what are my other options?

  1. Independent – These are preset and scripted itineraries at specific destinations. The Walking Connection makes all arrangements for accommodations, meals, transportation. These can be guided or self-guided. Guests can select any date that is suitable for them.

  2. Custom – Guests select where and when they want to go. We work closely with each guest to suggest and help choose the type of activities to include, then we arrange the components into an exclusive itinerary.

I’m interested in travelling but I’m not sure where yet. Can The Walking Connection help me narrow down my choices?

YES. We offer adventures to more than 30 countries around the world. Each one of those comes with a variety of opportunities to explore varied regions and neighboring countries. We work closely with guests to help them assess and choose destinations. We know the way!

How do I book an upcoming trip with The Walking Connection?

Guests can book their adventures online through our website, or over the telephone with a Walking Connection Geographic Adventure Specialist. We also feature a guest TEXT line to answer questions and provide quick guest service information. The SMS TEXT message number is +1 623.800.3649.

How much does a trip with The Walking Connection cost?

Walking Connection Geographic Adventures are high-value, quality-minded travel adventures. In general, prices begin at $100 per guest, per day for US domestic adventures. Internationals and custom adventures are all based upon the destination, accommodations, sites, and services selected. Typically, tours require an initial reservation deposit and final payment 90 days before their trip.

What does a typical itinerary look like?

Itineraries are as varied as are the destinations to choose from. Domestic US departures are typically 5-days/ 4-nights and international departures range from 10 days to month-long sojourns.

What if I want to make changes to the itinerary?

We work closely with guests to be certain the travel itinerary is just right. In today’s world of changing travel restrictions due to COVID, we remain nimble and focused on adjusting schedules and itineraries that may need to change. Our team is proactive when addressing changes and work with guests as far in advance as possible should a change need to be made.

Do you recommend hiking/long-distance walking training before my trip?

YES and NO! That depends upon the destination and style of trip you select. If it is a more laid-back experience, we do recommend that you prepare yourself in advance for the activities you will be doing on your holiday. If your trip includes a strenuous hike or trek, we have specific (free) physical training programs that you can do at home to prepare you for the rigors of a challenging adventure.

What type of special gear would I need to bring on a trip?

Each adventure comes with its requirements for what you’ll need. Though most do not require any special equipment, appropriate walking, running, hiking footwear is almost always required. If any specialized equipment is required it is usually provided on-site by the Walking Connection so that guests do not have to bring it with them.

What are the Covid-19 testing/vaccination requirements for your trips?

This varies with every destination. Because each country has its regulations, we provide as much information as is current about vaccination, testing, and possible quarantining. For Independent and Private adventures, vaccination is not required. For ALL small group departures, proof of vaccination is required.

Do I need additional vaccines to travel to different countries?

NO. But, it is strongly recommended that guests check with the US Center For Decease Control for their recommendations based upon the destination selected.

Do I need a passport?

A valid passport with at least 6 months of validity after the trip is required for all international travel.

How soon before traveling should I get a passport?

The sooner, the better. The process to get a passport varies depending upon demand and your location so please check with the US State Department website for directions. Expedited services are usually available for an added fee.