Defining WTT Activity Levels
All tours involve activities and have minimum activity requirements.

 

All WTT tours require walking, sometimes extensive, and other physical exertion. The tour you are considering describes the activity rating - which you will be asked to confirm you read and agree to at the time of your space reservation.

As a solo traveler you are responsible for yourself, your possessions, your physical fitness, and all other aspects related to participation in the WTT tour you have chosen. Because of this requirement, WTT tours are not suitable for anyone who is physically challenged, walking impaired, or is a slow walker that cannot keep up with the pace of the group.

It would be inappropriate to expect assistance from the other travelers, who have their own self to look after. This includes the WTT Tour Leader. The Tour Leader’s own personal responsibilities and her duties to the group preclude her from assisting individual travelers with their luggage, or any other needs that may arise as a result of mobility issues, whether those mobility issues existed prior to the tour or occur during the tour.

The WTT Tour Leader will be happy to discuss actions a traveler can take to work around or solve problems as situations occur; however, any additional transportation expenses, hired services, missed activities, etc. will not be reimbursed by WTT.

If you have questions about activity levels or your personal responsibilities, contact the WTT office at 443-458-5634 (in Maryland) BEFORE you sign up for a tour.

The Overall Amount of Activity: A Rating System

The activity level for each trip is stated under the "Important Details" tab, Activity Rating.

WTT rates the overall amount of activity or exertion necessary to participate in each 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 (extensive city walking involved)
  • 15% Moderate (overland travel (i.e. no roads) by jeep)
  • 10% Strenuous (walking in soft sand and up hills)

Activity levels are subjective and based on the reader's interpretation of what she thinks easy, moderate and hard. Almost everyone overestimates their abilities. Therefore, it is your responsibility to read the itinerary and understand what you are doing throughout the tour.

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.
  • Make sure you can manage your luggage unassisted. Pack everything you plan to bring and carry it 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 decide whether you should go on the tour, or participate in the included activities. 

Per WTT Policies, WTT is not responsible for the actions, expenses or harm incurred by travelers who, through their own actions or through the advice/actions of other travelers, 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 each tour. It is your responsibility to READ the itinerary and determine if you are capable of physically handling the activities.  If you have any doubt or questions, they should be directed to WTT at: (443) 458-5634 or email: wttmail@women-traveling.com  Subject: Activity Rating.

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