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FAQs

Do I need immunisations?

The immunisations you require will depend upon the countries you are visiting. We strongly recommend that you are fully immunised and are taking any necessary medication essential for your journey. You should visit your local doctor or contact the Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre to discuss immunisation requirements for your trip, and plan your vaccinations accordingly.

There may be a need to undertake a course of vaccinations, or you may have to have your vaccinations at a certain time before entry into the countries you are visiting. Your doctor will also give you a certificate of vaccination. This is a very important document and should be carried and kept safe at all times. In some cases, an immunisation certificate is compulsory to acquire a visa.

Do I need to take any medical supplies?

We recommend you carry personal medical items for managing common minor ailments such as colds, traveller’s diarrhoea, blisters and sore throats etc. Travellers who take regular medication should take an adequate supply.

Please Note: We highly recommend that you carry medical certificates for all prescription drugs to prevent misunderstanding when going through airport security.

How fit do I need to be?

We want you to enjoy your holiday and we do feel a reasonable level of fitness is needed. For even the most relaxed of journeys there can be bumpy roads, dust, traffic, delays, issues, luggage, who knows. So, some fitness may be essential.

With our more adventurous tours, such as the hiking, cycling and so on, we would advise a certain level of fitness. If you don’t think you could easily achieve everything on these holidays without it being painful, then perhaps a less demanding holiday would be for you. If you truly want to be adventurous, and you don’t feel your body is up to it, plan ahead. See a health professional, train and get yourself ready for the time of your life.

Please Note: If in doubt, please seek advice from your family doctor.

What safety measures should I be aware of?

Your travel safety is our highest priority at Orange Journeys, which is why we monitor world events very closely. We are in regular contact with partners and operators, and their in-depth knowledge and understanding of their local areas gives us access to information, sentiment and level of safety within the countries of travel. Operational decisions are made on informed advice from a number of sources, such as the level of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory.

Ultimately, you need to be responsible for your safety so please be mindful and exercise common sense.

How much baggage can I take?

As a general rule, bring all the essentials, but pack light. Leave some space in your baggage – you'll no doubt want to bring home some souvenirs back with you.

There will be occasions when you will be carrying your baggage on and off public transport, take this into consideration when packing. Suitcases are okay but may always not be as practical. Each airline has specific rules as to baggage allowances – check directly with them or ask your travel designer to confirm for you. If your itinerary involves multi-day hiking or cycling, you may need to pack appropriately.

Please Note: Baggage allowances may vary between destinations and airlines. You will find details of your baggage allowance on your flight itineraries.

Do I need to get a visa for my trip?

You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries you will visit on your trip. We advise your passport to be valid for six months beyond the duration of your trip. 

Please Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip.

Whether you need one or more visa to travel depends on the countries you will visit. We can advise you on what visas you need to enter certain countries; however, we are not responsible if you are refused entry into a country because you lack the correct passport or visa.

For your convenience we can offer you our visa service. Once you have completed the necessary forms and details, we take your passport and complete the application procedure on your behalf. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks for your visas to be approved, so make sure you plan ahead.

Do I need to take travel insurance?

The short answer- yes. Absolutely.

Travel insurance is an essential part of your travel. It may seem expensive at times, but it is a small price to pay if you consider the cost of being evacuated in an emergency. Insurance may also cover your documents and luggage, overseas medical costs, and additional costs incurred in case of accidents or delay. We highly recommend that our clients take out their insurance at the time of booking their holiday. This way if unforeseen circumstances prevent your travel between the time of booking and your day of departure, you can take comfort in knowing that your travel insurance will have you covered.

Please Note: Cover will vary. Conditions will apply.

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When are payments due?

Most bookings will require a deposit and a final balance payment. The amounts and due dates will depend upon your itinerary and operator. Our travel designers will always advise you on payment terms at the time of booking.

What is the best way to take money with me?

We suggest a combination of cash, an ATM card and perhaps a credit card as back-up as well. Let your bank know which countries you are visiting so they don’t block your card due to irregular activity. This also will help if there are charges found in countries you did not visit. Traveller’s cheques are a safe way to carry money, however travellers can find it difficult in some areas to exchange them. A more suitable alternative may be taking a multi-currency travel card or cash passport. 

As a general rule, American dollars are accepted throughout the world, but make sure you have small denomination bills, and that they are not ripped or marked, as this may affect your ability to change them.

Please Note: Check with your bank about using your bank cards overseas, in particular the fees and charges associated with ATM withdrawals in other countries.

Do I need to tip the local guide?

Although in Australia, we don’t have a culture of tipping, in many countries tipping is a local custom, and a primary source of income for people in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Your guides, tour leaders, drivers, and other staff work exceptionally hard to ensure you have a great trip, so please be generous if you feel they have done a good job or went the extra mile and earned a tip for their efforts.

What is a tailor-made holiday?

At Orange Journeys, we believe the most intimate way to see the world is on a travel itinerary designed just for you. Tell us about the trip you’re dreaming of taking and we’ll make it happen!

We will work closely with you in designing your customised itinerary using our experience and knowledge, and our international network of ground operators to give you the most rewarding experience possible that exceeds your expectations. Our website offers a large choice of travel itineraries for you, which we can further customise to suit your interests, schedule and budget.

A tailor-made holiday is a profound and memorable way to see the world in all of its endless beauty, and make the experience of travel one of life’s greatest pleasures.

What is an activity holiday?

Activity Holidays are adventure-style holidays which allow you to explore the world from a unique perspective.

For example, our cycling tours give you the opportunity to remove the windscreen and engine which keeps the world from touching your skin, and get on your bike. You can meander the countryside at a slower pace, or explore the wonders of a city. Whether you’re riding the Pacific Highways along the Western Coast of the USA, or on a bike tour of France’s vineyards, you can challenge yourself, and earn that glass of wine at the end of the day.

Alternatively, you may wish to do a trekking expedition and explore the world as our earliest ancestors did, by walking and hiking. Nothing gives you a better sense of achievement than hiking and seeing the world up close and personal with your own two feet. Feel the crunch of track under your feet, the fresh smell of the wilderness in your nostrils, and hear the sound of wind whistling through the trees. There are many notable and breathtaking hiking and trekking holidays around the world like in Nepal, Canada’s Rocky Mountains, and even the glaciers of Chile and Argentina.

Our activity holidays are usually for a maximum of 16 like-minded guests and have a social element to it. They are large enough so that you can connect with people and make new friends, but small enough so that it is a profound and personal group to travel with.

We would advise a certain level of fitness for our activity holidays. If you don’t think you could easily achieve everything on these holidays without it being painful, then perhaps a less demanding holiday would be for you.

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