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If you're unable to find the answer to your question in our F.A.Q please do not hesitate to Contact Us.


Who is the Global Expeditions Club?

How is Global Expeditions Club able to offer such competitive prices?

Do your adventures include international airfare to and from the starting point of the adventure and my home?

How should I book my international airfare?

Do I need Travel Insurance?

What is a Single Supplement?

How do I get access to money along the trip?

What type of accommodations should I expect on my adventure?

Who are the adventure guides for your trips?

Do you give discounts for groups or early bookings?

Can I customize your adventures?

Are there any restrictions on your tours?

Am I able to book extra hotel nights before or after my tour?

Can you provide a list of local contacts and hotels that I will be staying at?

Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

Are airport transfers included?

What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

What type of luggage to bring?

What should I pack for my adventure?

Do I need Visas, if so how can I get them?

Do I need a Passport?

What vaccinations do I need for my adventure?

Is tipping included and if not, how much should I tip?

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

Does GEC have Terms & Conditions associated with each adventure?

Is it possible to write a testimonial if I really enjoyed my adventure?

How soon, after booking my trip on-line, will it be until I have a confirmation of guaranteed departure?



Who is the Global Expeditions Club?

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With well in excess of over 70,000+ members, the Global Expeditions Club (GEC) is one of the largest and fastest growing adventure travel clubs in the world. Designed for solo travelers and groups of friends alike, GEC is a unique and exciting social travel club. Our small group tours are open to anyone who is interested in traveling to exciting destinations around the world with other like-minded adventurers. Membership is always free (simply join a trip and you are a member!) and amazing experiences and new friendships are always the goal.

Please see our About Us Page for more details about the club.

Want to hear what club members are saying about the club trips? Check out the Global Expeditions Club's Testimonial Page!

Check out a list of GEC's upcoming small group tours

Check out GEC's ORIGINAL affordable and fully guided "Around the World" small group tours if you're looking for the adventure of a lifetime!


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How is Global Expeditions Club able to offer such competitive prices?
GEC is dedicated to bringing the world to those of us who yearn to be on the forefront of adventure travel. Through a complex process of due-diligence, dedicated research, local visits and experience we have established an intricate network of unique adventures lead by the best guides. Every adventure is handpicked and customized to offer the ultimate experience and the best value for the money. They are built with a passion for adventure and a devotion to uniqueness, creativity, comfort and safety.

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Do your adventures include international airfare to and from the starting point of the adventure and my home?
Our adventurers come from all corners of the globe and have their own specific requirements (such as using frequent flyer miles, traveling before or after the group trip, etc.), therefore it’s not really feasible for us to include international airfare in our prices. Plus with the introduction of the online volume discount airfare websites (like kayak.com, orbitz.com etc.) it has become far cheaper to book international airfare on your own. As such, all of our adventures are “Land Only”, which means that we do not include airfare or personal travel expenses between the starting & ending points of your adventure and your home. If there is ever an exception to this, we will very clearly state this fact in the trip details.

Included Airfare: While it is the case that international airfare is not usually included, any airfare that occurs during scheduled itineraries will be arranged on your behalf. Sometimes it is included in the price of the adventure, while other times it is an additional price. Either way, if it is included it is always clearly outlined in the trip details.

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How should I book my international airfare to and from the starting point of the adventure and my home?
Many people prefer the convenience of purchasing their own airfare on-line. There are many on-line providers of international airfare who can provide quick, easy and affordable airfares. Some of the more popular ones are: Kayak.com, Orbitz.com and Expedia.com

Important Notes:
Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure from GEC.

Be sure to book flights which give you ample time to be at the starting location of the trip on the scheduled departure day. Please be sure to note if there are any activities and/or Group Orientation meetings on the first day and schedule your flights accordingly. This goes for departure flights at the end of your trip as well. If you have specific questions about the best time of day to arrive in your starting city, or depart your ending city, please Contact Us. For most adventures, we highly recommend that you fly in a day early and to extend your trip by a day if there are internal flights, particularly in remote areas like the Himalaya. This helps in the event that there are any flight delays, but it also gives you the chance to enjoy the starting destination and to relax a bit before and after the start of the adventure. Pre and post hotel nights are usually easy to arrange and are typically available during checkout; just Contact Us to let us know so we can set up accommodations and transfers for you.

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Do I need Travel Insurance?
Being on the forefront of adventure travel is what we do best. From our classic adventures, to our small group tours designed for solo & adventure travelers, to our ground-breaking fully guided 'Around the World' Tours, our goal is to introduce our clients to the most exciting adventures and emerging destinations in the world. We strive to be unique and to visit the road less traveled, but to do it in a safe, comfortable and exciting fashion.

Like all of the leading adventure travel companies in the industry, because our adventures do center on the more exotic and off-the-beaten-path destinations and often incorporate adventurous activities, we require that all of our clients carry at least a minimum level of emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance. In addition, we also highly recommend that all our clients take out a full travel insurance policy to cover personal liability, cancellation, trip interruption, loss of luggage and personal effects, etc.

Travel Insurance Quotes:

For more information and travel insuance quotes, please visit the
GEC Travel Insurance page

Mandatory Minimum Travel Insurance Requirements:

It is solely the passenger's responsibility to, at minimum, obtain the following coverage, which must be valid for the duration of all travel on any and all GEC trips.
  1. Medical Expenses: $50,000*
  2. Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation

*NOTE: It is important that your minimum policy cover you for travel in all countries that you will be visiting and that, if needed, an additional Sports & Hazardous Activities rider be obtained to cover all activities you will be participating in. Sports & Hazardous Activities may include, but are not limited to higher altitude trekking, whitewater rafting, skydiving, SCUBA diving, bungee jumping, horseback riding, canyoneering, repelling, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, etc. Please check with your insurance agent for complete details of any policies you own or intend to own for coverage details.

Highly Recommended Travel Insurance Coverage:

In addition to the above mentioned mandatory coverage, GEC highly recommends that each traveler purchase a travel insurance policy that covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We all know that unforeseen situations can occur at home before or during a trip. This alone is a great reason to purchase full insurance. However, unforeseen situations can happen while traveling too. Weather, airline, transportation or other delays of several days, although not always common, can and do happen. Full travel insurance coverage may help alleviate some of the burden of the costs associated with these or similar types of events, whereas you will otherwise be required to incur the full cost. As such, GEC highly recommends that full travel insurance coverage be purchased above and beyond the required minimum as stated above.

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What is a Single Supplement?
GEC trips are priced based on double occupancy. A single supplement is a cost that is charged in addition to the cost of the adventure for those traveling alone, as an odd numbered group, or who are specifically requesting a single room.

For GEC small group trips, we offer Free Roommate Matching. What this means is that we have NO Mandatory Single Supplement charges on most of our trips. If you choose to have us take care of matching you up with someone of the same gender, then the single supplement will never apply*. Of course if you wish to have your own room we typically offer you the ability to purchase your own rom at an additional charge.

*NOTE: there are extremely rare cases (such as small ship based tours) where we cannot avoid the single supplement if we can't match you up... this will be noted on the trip detail page for these rare cases. Also, there are rare situations due to limited availability (such as in small villages or specialty accommodations) when a single room cannot always be guaranteed in each and every destination. Additional single supplement may apply to any optional activities.

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How do I get access to money along the trip?
The best way to access your money on the road is through ATM’s (it’s best to have a Visa symbol on the front of your ATM card). They are by far the best way to get local cash. ATM’s are readily accessible in pretty much any country, airport and/or major area of tourism. Credit cards (again Visa is best) are a great way to pay as well, but as a general rule they are less accepted in 2nd and 3rd world countries. Having USD cash is the easiest and in some areas it is the local preference. This is particularly true in Africa and some Asian countries. USD cash (in smaller denominations) is the most accepted currency in the world, but is nearly unrecoverable if lost, so the use of traveler’s checks is an additional option. Although less desirable to locals than hard USD currency, traveler’s checks add a layer of safety if lost. A combination of both USD and USD based traveler’s checks, along with an ATM and credit cards, is a good recommendation for most places.

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What type of accommodations should I expect on my adventure?
We believe that adventure travel is all about the place that you visit, not the luxury of your hotel. We also believe that it is important to be in comfortable, safe and clean accommodations. Therefore, we never use hostels or super budget hotels. Our adventures are built to include reputable, mid-range, and wherever possible, locally owned accommodations.

Note: On some of our adventures, especially those that venture deep into remote, underdeveloped areas (such as certain parts of Tibet and Africa), the tourist infrastructure can be extremely limited. While this is part of the charm and allure, the services can be very basic in nature. In these cases we make all attempts to provide the best available accommodations.

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Who are the adventure guides for your trips?
While our Group Tours and our "Around the World" adventures are fully guided from start to finish, our Private Tours typically use experienced, English speaking local guides for individual day tours, transportation, activities, etc. We believe that using local guides is the very best way to maximize your experience, as our local guides know the land, culture and customs intimately and are typically experts in the particular activity they are leading..

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Do you give discounts for groups or early bookings?
Yes we do! Groups who are booking together may be eligible for discounts on our already competitively priced adventures. Typically the larger the group is, the better the discounts. Please Contact Us to discuss your particular group and the tour you are interested in.

Travel "Around the World", Group Discounts - GEC is currently offering a group discount on any of our original, fully guided "Around the World" tours. With a group of 8 or more signing up together, you will receive a discount that can be applied to each person or applied in full for the group leader. We also offer NET prices. Please Contact Us for details.

GEC is also offering Early Booking Discounts on our original, fully guided "Around the World" tours. Please Contact Us for details and to see if you are eligible for an early booking discount!

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Can I customize your adventures?
You sure can. Regardless of whether you are a large group, a small group, a family, or just one or two people, we can help you create the adventure that you want. Anything from a minor change to one of our fixed adventures to fully customizing your own trip, GEC can help you tailor the adventure of your dreams. Simply Contact Us and we will work with you to create a memory of a lifetime.

Customized, Fully Guided "Around the World" Tours - GEC is the only company in the world offering affordable, fully guided "Around the World" tours. In addition to our fixed departure tours, we also have vast experience in creating customized fully guided "Around the World" tours that allow you to choose not only the dates that you’d like to travel, but your favorite/dream destinations as well. Typically our customized "Around the World" tours are for groups of 6 or larger, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a group of 4 people, as we pride ourselves on our flexibility and resourcefulness.

Premier customer service is part of our goal to make your adventures as fun and stress-free as possible.

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Are there any restrictions on your tours?
The minimum age for our adventures, without parental supervision, is 18. Typically we discourage parents or legal guardians from traveling with children under the age of 12, except on our family rated adventures. While we leave the ultimate decision to the discretion and responsibility of the parent or legal guardian, we recommend that you contact Contact Us before booking to discuss the details of the adventure you wish to purchase so that you can best judge the appropriateness.

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Am I able to book extra hotel nights before or after my tour?
Absolutely. Most of our adventures offer this option during the checkout process. In the event that this option is not offered, please feel free to Contact Us. Many times we can make this arrangement on your behalf.

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Can you provide a list of local contacts and hotels that I will be staying at?
Yes. About 3 weeks before your adventure start date, we will send you a Pre-Departure Dossier which will include many things like airport arrival instructions, an example packing list, how the local currency works, what electricial plugs to use, and your start and end hotels. However, due to the fact that many of our destinations incorporate 2nd and 3rd world countries, exact accommodations cannot be guaranteed and we reserve the right to change accommodations in route in order to satisfy unforeseen circumstances.

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Can I join a tour late or leave it early?
While we highly discourage this, it is possible if it does not disrupt the tour and/or others on the tour. Should you choose to join an adventure late or leave it early, you will be fully responsible for all associated arrangements and costs, as our obligation to you only starts when you physically join the adventure and up until you choose to leave it. Typically it is best to try to arrange a customized adventure through us. Either way, please Contact Us to discuss.

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Are airport transfers included?
In some cases airport transfers are either included or are offered as an option. This should be clearly indicated on the trip details page of each of our adventures. In other cases it is best to use local transportation. The exact starting point for each adventure will be provided to you in the Pre-Departure Dossier which will be emailed to you about 3 weeks before your trip start date. If you are unsure of airport transfer inclusions, please Contact Us before purchasing any additional travel arrangements.

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What type of transportation is used on your adventures?
Depending on the nature of the adventure, this can vary from comfortable tourist vans, to rugged 4X4’s and buses, boats, trains, scheduled airlines, horses, trekking, or a combination of all of these. In all cases we use comfortable and safe vehicles that are suitable to the environment and activity. Please see the trip detail page of each adventure for specifics.

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What type of luggage should I bring?
It is our experience that the less you can bring the better. Most basic necessities can be obtained anywhere in the world, with the exception of the most remote places. We recommend the combination of a small day pack and one rolling suitcase (or if you are comfortable carrying one, a medium sized backpack about 3,800 – 4,200 cubic inches or 62 – 69 liters).

Rolling suitcases are typically fine, however backpacks can be a traveler’s best friend, as it frees your hands and allows for maximum maneuverability. While some people prefer rolling bags, remember that you will need to be carrying your bags in a variety of conditions that may not be conducive to rolling bags, including on and off boats, trains and other rugged surfaces.

Eagle Creek makes a variety of excellent adventure travel backpacks. Check out their website. This is a good place to start and adjust for your personal comfort.

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What should I pack for my adventure?
Take as little as possible. Virtually everything, with the exception of specialty items like medications, can be purchased on the road. Remember that you have to carry everything you bring. An example packing list specific to each adventure will be provided to you in the Pre-Departure Dossier which will be emailed to you about 3 weeks before your trip start date.

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Do I need Visas, if so how can I get them?
It is VERY important that you check the visa requirements for countries that you wish to visit as early as possible. Requirements for visas can vary significantly depending on the country you come from and the country that you are visiting and can, in some cases, take upwards of a month to obtain. Most visas can be obtained on entry, but some countries require you to obtain a visa beforehand in your home country. While you may be able to use the services of a visa processing service (such as http://www.travisa.com) or a travel agent, if you are up to the task it can be just as easy to do it yourself.

It is best to check the destination country’s embassy or consulate website for their requirements. Embassy/consulates can typically be found in your nearest major city or capital. Their websites can often be found using a typical search engine. Alternatively, you can try your home country’s Department of State (or equivalent). Guides, like Lonely Planet, can be a decent resource too, but beware that they may not always be current.

Below is a good place to start for Visa research. Please be sure that you have the latest information and any/all appropriate visas before you depart on your adventure, as obtaining any and all required Visas are solely your responsibility.

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Do I need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport if you are traveling outside of your country. In addition, it is required by most countries that, at the time of entry, travelers have at least six (6) months remaining on their passport before expiration to be allowed entry into the country. Therefore to minimize any potential issues we require that the passport expiration date of all our adventurers be at least 6 months after the last day of the adventure. Obtaining or renewing passports, as well as compliance with this requirement and all associated passport rules and costs, is the sole responsibility of the adventurer. Please contact the passport office of your home country for more details.

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What vaccinations do I need for my adventure?
It is highly advisable that you visit with your doctor to determine if you are physically and mentally capable of participating in the type of trip you plan on going on before purchasing. You should also discuss with your doctor if any vaccinations or medications (i.e. malaria tablets, etc.) are needed or recommended. It is your responsibility to ensure that any and all vaccinations or medications that are required are obtained before departure and that you acquire and carry a recognized certificate for proof of inoculation where required.

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Is tipping included and if not, how much should I tip?
Tips are not included in the cost of your adventure. If at the end of the trip you feel that your GEC Trip Leader and Local Guides did a great job, then tipping is greatly appreciated. While the decision to tip and corresponding amount is completely at your discretion, please keep in mind that tipping is how most guides earn the bulk of their living. A tipping guide, specific to each adventure, will be included in the Pre-Departure Dossier which will be emailed to you about 3 weeks before the start of your trip.

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What happens if I need to cancel my trip?
One of the many reasons why we HIGHLY RECOMMEND Travel Insurance is that things happen in life. There are a variety of reasons why you may to cancel your trip and your travel insurance should offer you that protection and peace of mind.

As far as GEC is concerned, our current charges are outlined in our Terms and Conditions, which can be found by Clicking Here as well as on the first page of the booking process for each individual trip. Should you have any questions that our by Terms and Conditions do not answer for you, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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Does GEC have Terms & Conditions associated with each adventure?
Yes, the current Terms and Conditions can be found by Clicking Here as well as on the first page of the booking process for each individual trip. Should you have any questions that our by Terms and Conditions do not answer for you, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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Is it possible to write a testimonial if I really enjoyed my adventure?
Absolutely. We always welcome your comments, suggestions and ideas. If you would like to write a testimonial, please send a brief e-mail to cs@GECtravel.com. If you'd like, please include pictures from your trip as well. If you'd like to see what others have said about GEC and our trips, please see the GEC Testimonial page.

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How soon, after booking my trip on-line, will it be until I have a confirmation of guaranteed departure?
Immediately upon receipt of your booking, we will begin the process of confirming your reservation with the local hotels, transportation, guides, activities, etc. As soon as we receive a confirmation back from our local agents we will e-mail you a guaranteed departure confirmation. This process typically takes between 24 and 72 hours, but may take upwards of 5 business days. Until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure from the Global Expeditions Club, please DO NOT book any of your international flights or personal travel arrangements.

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