ALL YOUR TRAVEL RESOURCES

 

The hard stuff! While we’re planning to give you the trip of a lifetime, there are some things we can’t organize for you! But we’re on hand to answer all your questions and give you the best advice to help you prepare for your trip.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

TRAVELLING PHILIPPINES

Before you set out with us on the trip of a life time, we want to go over a few things. The Philippines is an amazing country with so much to offer, but like with most Southeast Asian countries things sometimes don’t go according to plan. This is why we may have to slightly alter the itinerary if we need to. One Life is committed to giving you the best possible experience, so if we need to change something we’ll make sure we’ll replace it with something equally awesome! We also include a domestic flight with a checked luggage allowance of 20kg. If you need more you can you can pay for your luggage at the airport but it can be pretty expensive!

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

 

AGE RANGE

Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don't have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous "flashpacking" style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of different ages and backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded fellow travellers.

SPENDING MONEY

The cost of food and drink in the Philippines is quite low, even for South East Asian standards. Everyone spends money differently so it’s not easy to give a specific number for how much money you will need. The following website gives accurate prices of all the basics in the Philippines, including food and alcohol.

ATMS are few and far between, so make sure you have enough cash with you for smaller day-to-day expenses. We do not advise to bring travelers cheques as finding a place to exchange them can be difficult in Palawan. Your group leader will advise you where there are ATMS in the towns and cities so you don’t have to carry too much cash on you at any one time.

DAY 10 OF YOUR TOUR - GETTING TO YOUR NEXT DESTINATION

Shuttle buses run from El Nido every hour on the hour from 4am to 7pm (with the exception of 12pm). Therefore guests can book their flight from Puerto Princesa to any destination in the Philippines on Day 10 of the tour any time after 3pm. The journey takes 6 hours so bare this in mind.

 

Where do we spend our first night on tour in Manila?

We stay at the award winning Z-hostel in Makati

If we arrive 1 day early – can we have an airport pickup? 

Unfortunately not. Air port pick ups are on day 1 of the tour only. We do however give you very simple instructions on how best to get from the airport to Z-hostel in your information pack so you shouldn’t have any trouble!

I’m arriving 1/2/3 days before the tour – can you arrange some pre nights of accommodation? 

Yes! We can arrange dorm beds at the place we stay during the tour. These nights would be paid in cash on arrival.

Can I upgrade to a twin/double room with my partner closer to the date? 

Yes, though this of course depends on availability.

Do I require a visa? 

Most countries will get a free 30 day tourist visa in the Philippines upon arrival. Please check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information.

How much spending money should I take? 

You will get a spending guide in your info pack, but around $30-$40 AUD per person per day will easily be enough.

Do I need hiking shoes?

There is a little walking involved in the Philippines but not much. Sandals and some trainers/running shoes would be fine.

Is it okay for me to bring a 25kg suitcase? 

While we really don’t recommend bringing such a large or heavy suitcase, we can make it work. It will be a bit awkward or uncomfortable at times but if it’s absolutely necessary for you to have it the we can make it work. Our recommendation is to bring a backpack no more than 20kg.

Do I need any shots or vaccinations before travelling? 

We would always recommend speaking to a healthcare professional and following their advice.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements? 

We always do our best to cater for most dietary requirements. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome but please make us aware of your requirements before your tour so we can best prepare.

I’m doing the Cebu/Boracay add-on, are flights included? 

No we don’t include any flights for the add-ons.

Which flights should I get for Cebu/Boracay? 

You can fly from either El Nido or Puerto Princesa to either Manila, Cebu, or Boracay after your tour. If you are doing an add-on it will be easier for you to fly from El Nido instead of Puerto. This is because El Nido airport is 20min away from where we finish the tour whereas Puerto Princesa airport is 6+ hours away. If you leave from El Nido airport then you can leave at any time of day (though the morning is better for the add-ons). If you are flying from Puerto then please book a flight fro 3pm or later on day 10.

What time do we get back to Puerto Princesa on the last day?

You can choose to fly from El NIdo or take a shuttle back to Puerto Princesa. If you go back to Puerto then you will usually get back at around 1pm.

TRAVELLING SRI LANKA

Let’s go through the basics before you meet us on your big adventure to Sri Lanka. You are about to set off into one of the most spectacular places on the planet and we want to make sure you’re all ready! If you still have further questions after reading through this section then please get in touch with one of the friendly OLA team.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

 

AGE RANGE

Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don't have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous "flashpacking" style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of different ages and backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded fellow travellers.

SPENDING MONEY

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Rupee and AUD$1 is roughly R115. When you join a One Life trip we like to keep extra costs at a minimum and include as much as possible to make it easier for you to budget. Luckily, Sri Lanka is a cheap country for most things! You will be able to feast of the freshest seafood and homemade curries for just a few dollars, and buy fresh coconuts on the beach for pennies. An average local meal of rice and various curries will set you back around AUD$4. The local beer called Lion is delicious and costs around AUD $2 per pint.
 
Spending money all depends on the kind of person you are. Each person knows their own likes/dislikes and spending habits. You may like to drink cocktails in hip lounges by the beach, or crack open a local beer under a palm tree on the sand.

Tips are expected in Sri Lanka. They are not compulsory, but there is very much a tipping culture for hotels and restaurants for around 10% of the bill. We usually find it easier if your group leader says how much the tip should be and everyone can pitch in together.

 

 

Where do we spend our first night on tour in Negombo?

We stay at the stunning Pegasus Reef Hotel:

Address: Palliyawatha -, Wattala, Sri Lanka
Phone:  +94 112 930 205
 

If we arrive 1 day early – can we have an airport pickup?

Unfortunately not. Air port pick ups are on day 1 of the tour only. We do however give you very simple instructions on how best to get from the airport to Pegasus Reef Hotel in your information pack so you shouldn’t have any trouble!

I’m arriving 1/2/3 days before the tour – can you arrange some pre nights of accommodation?

Yes! We can arrange dorm beds at the place we stay during the tour. These nights would be paid in cash on arrival.

Can I upgrade to a twin/double room with my partner closer to the date?

Yes, though this of course depends on availability. Do I require a visa? Most countries will get a free 30 day tourist visa in Sri Lanka upon arrival. Please check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information.

How much spending money should I take?

You will get a spending guide in your info pack, but around $30-$40 AUD per person per day will easily be enough.

Do I need hiking shoes?

Ideally yes, sandals and some trainers/running shoes would be fine.

Is it okay for me to bring a 25kg suitcase?

While we really don’t recommend bringing such a large or heavy suitcase, we can make it work. It will be a bit awkward or uncomfortable at times but if it’s absolutely necessary for you to have it the we can make it work. Our recommendation is to bring a backpack no more than 20kg.

Do I need any shots or vaccinations before travelling?

We would always recommend speaking to a healthcare professional and following their advice.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

We always do our best to cater for most dietary requirements. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome but please make us aware of your requirements before your tour so we can best prepare.

I’m doing the Maldives add-on, are flights included?

No we don’t include any flights for the add-ons.

Which flights should I get for the Maldives?

Emirates or Sri Lankan airways are the operators who fly the route.

TRAVELLING JAPAN 10 & 14 Day Tour

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

 

AGE RANGE

Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don't have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous "flashpacking" style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of different ages and backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded fellow travellers.

 

What fitness level is required to join this tour?

This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness due to the amount of walking involved. There will be some days where guests will be walking more than approximately 8-10km on the biggest days. Guests must also ensure they have appropriate footwear for these distances.

What is the rooming situation like?

All rooms are sold on a twin-share basis aside from the temple stay (multi-share tatami rooms) or the triple room on the final night in Osaka. All other nights are twin (bunks). If couples are travelling together they may put in the request at time of booking for a double bed where possible, though this cannot be guaranteed. If booking the upgrade for the final night, guests will be in twins instead of the triple room.

I saw the tour finishes in Osaka, is the return to Tokyo included?

For those wishing to return to Tokyo after the tour finishes in Osaka there is the option to include the train cost in the ticket price. This is bookable by your agent at the time of booking. Those guests who wish to book their return train journey whilst on the tour will need to arrange this while in Osaka and is dependent on availability.

What flights do you include in your tour package?

We do not include any flights in the tour programme however all public transport from Tokyo to Osaka is included in the tour

I see you stay in multi-share rooms, is it possible to upgrade to a private room?

We offer an optional upgrade to a private room on the final night, though not at the temple stay in Takayama. Sleeping on the floor of the temple in a large room is part of the unique experience.

How many people usually come on your tour?

We have a maximum capacity of 16 people + 1 foreign tour guide

What is the normal age range for people on your tours?

We have accepted people from 18 - 78 in the past, but the general age range of our groups is 23-35

Do you get many single person travelers come on your tour?

Yes! In fact a lot of our customers are single travellers, so it’s a great way to meet new people. Most of our guests are solo travellers

Will I be picked up from the airport?

No, unfortunately we do not offer a pick up from either Narita or Haneda Airport

How do I get to the hostel in Tokyo from the airport?

This will be covered in great detail in your welcome e-mail. Getting into central Tokyo from both airports is very easy on public transport and once in the downtown everywhere is very well connected via the subway. It’s a great start to your adventure! Again, don’t worry too much about this as we’ll be covering it all in your welcome e-mail

What is the address of our first hostel?

Khaosan Tokyo Origami Hostel, 3 Chome-4-12 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

What's Japanese food like?

Japanese food is sometimes described as some of the best food in the world. It is a diverse range of rice, noodles, soups, sushi, BBQ, sweets and more. Be aware that Japan does not cater very well for vegetarians or vegans so if you do associate with these then you may want to bring some extra snacks to be prepared

Should I exchange money in my home country or do it when I arrive?

You can change money at the airport or use the ATMs in Tokyo and at the airport. You can use your card a lot in Japan but cash is still king.

How is the Wi-Fi and data access on the trip?

As Japan is a developed country, Wi-Fi and data access is excellent. All the hostels that we stay in have strong and consistent Wi-Fi. If you’d like to stay connected whilst on the road you can pick up a tourist sim card at the airport, however be aware that these can be anywhere from $20-$40 for 2 weeks worth of data.

I have specific dietary requirements, is this ok?

Due to the nature of cuisine in Japan, strict dietary requirements may be difficult to accommodate in some areas. Many of the broths/stocks which flavour much of Japanese food are not vegetarian/vegan friendly, and many meals contain either meat, fish, or egg elements. Guests are encouraged to do their own research before arriving in Japan and the group leader will instruct those guests on which meals may need preplanning

I've seen that we are staying in a temple, how are the facilities?

We are staying in a temple for 1 night in a stunning, old mountainous town. These places are breathtaking, making it a truly once in a lifetime experience. We sleep on traditional tatami mats in multi-share accommodation (up to 9 people in 1 room) with a view of a Japanese garden and provide a mattress, sheet and pillow for all guests. The temple has excellent shared facilities and is centrally located.

How long are the travel times?

Whilst on the tour the longest travel time is around 4 hours. There will be a day where we will be on the train for 2-3 hours twice in one day with a 30 minute change. Should you fly out of Tokyo after the tour then the train journey back is 3 hours.

How much spending money do I need for the trip?

We would advise 50,000Y//£330//$450USD//$600AUD for the duration of the 10-day tour. This is a safe amount to cover lots on the tour, however you will have lots of opportunities to withdraw more cash throughout the tour

I have booked my flight out of Tokyo for 8am on Day 10 is this ok?

Whilst it is ok, it isn’t ideal. The travel time from Osaka to Tokyo is 3 hours with the airport a further 60 minutes away from central Tokyo. If you book a flight before 2pm on day 10, we recommend leaving the tour on day 9 and organising your own accommodation in Tokyo to catch your flight the next day.

Do you have any meals included on the tour?

Yes, in fact we actually include more meals than the industry standard, over 40%!!

If I arrive before the tour starts, when and where can I met my group?

We stay at “Khaosan Tokyo Origami” in Asakusa, Tokyo. We recommend booking a night with them or alternatively contact us about doing it for you. We will then all meet together as a group at 7pm on day 1 in the lobby of the hotel and have our welcome meal which is included in your tour.

Do I need to get any vaccination before coming to Japan?

We would recommend discussing this with your local doctor or GP as they will give the best,  and most up-to-date advice on this matter.

Do I need to take Malaria tablets whilst travelling?

Again, we recommend that you discuss this personally with your local GP.

Can I drink the water in Japan

Yes, Japan has drinkable tap water, so make sure you bring a refillable water bottle to save yourself buying water all the time!

Do I need a visa to visit Japan?

We advise checking with your governments travel website for up to date information. However, most countries are issued a 90 day visa on arrival. Although, you do need to show proof of onward travel from Japan to be allowed to board your inbound flight.

Are we staying in Hostels or Hotels?

On day 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8 you will be in twin rooms in a traditional Japanese hostel. On day 4 you will be staying in Twin Rooms in the Mountains of Hakone, day 5 in a multi-share accommodation in a temple and in Triple rooms on day 9.

What plug adaptor do I need?

Japan uses the standard North American non-grounded outlet (two prong plugs). This adapter is also known as type A.

Do I need to bring a rain jacket?

Yes, it’s always handy to bring a rain jacket when visiting anytime of the year, we all know the weather can be unpredictable!

When is the 'best time' to come to Japan?

Anytime - it is beautiful all year round, however March, April & May are the busiest months as it’s Cherry Blossom season. We also do not run tours in December, January and February due to the bitter Japan winter.

Do all of the accommodations on the tour have Wifi?

Yes

Is Japan safe?

Japan is incredibly safe, possibly one of the safest countries in the world. It is not uncommon to see unlocked bikes on the street and laptops left unattended in public cafes! However, like with all travelling we still recommend being careful with your belongings at all times!

Can I pay for meals etc with card?

In Japan, cash is king! But a lot of places do accept credit card payments. Just check and notify your card provider that you are travelling to Japan before leaving to avoid any potential disruption to your tour.

14 DAY TOUR SPECIFIC FAQS

Does this trip provide us with a JR Pass?

For 2019 we will not be using the JR Pass for this trip as it will purely be an extension of an existing 10-day tour. Moving into 2020, this trip will be a standalone 14-day tour and a JR pass will be included (yet to be finalised with the supplier).

Is a return to Tokyo Included?

The trip does not include a return to Tokyo, however we can assist you with booking this.

When will this tour begin?

The 14 Day Tour departure options commence from September 2019. To check the tour departure date options, please view the ‘Choose a Date’ area on the ‘Book Now‘ page.

Is it possible to book this tour on arrival to Japan?

No, this tour must be booked in advance either online or with a travel agent. This tour is considered a different tour to the 10 Day trip so must be booked as an alternative option and not in conjunction with the 10 Day Tour.

Do you include a flight back to Tokyo?

No, in 2019, all onward travel will have to be arranged by the customer themselves.

Is it possible to book post tour accommodation in Hiroshima?

Yes

Is dinner included at Shinsekai?

No, however, the tour guide will give lots of recommendations of places to eat and even try to book an entire table for the group

Do many people extend the trip beyond the initial 10 days?

Yes, we’ve had lots of existing guests extend their stay after the 10 days and head to Hiroshima on their own. This new tour option was born out of demand. However, please note that the 14 Day Tour must be booked in advance to arriving in Japan and cannot be tagged onto the end of the 10 Day Tour.

TRAVELLING JAPAN Ski Tour

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

 

AGE RANGE

Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don't have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous "flashpacking" style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of different ages and backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded fellow travellers.

 

What fitness level is required to join this tour?

This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness due to the amount of walking involved and skiing. There will be some days where guests will be walking more than approximately 8-10km on the biggest days. Guests must also ensure they have appropriate footwear for these distances.

 

Can I hire ski equipment?

Yes, you can hire ski equipment but you must book this with us at least 30 days prior to your tour departing to guarantee availability.

 

Can I bring my own ski equipment?

Yes, you can bring your own ski equipment. Hiring is optional.

 

Can I book ski lessons?

Yes, you can book ski lessons but you must book this with us at least 30 days prior to your tour departing to guarantee availability. You can opt for group lessons with other random guests, or you can opt for private lessons. The prices for these are on request if booking for more than 1 person, please get in touch for a quote.

 

Is the lift pass included in the tour?

Yes, the price of the tour includes a 5-day ski lift pass in Nagano, where we will stay.

 

What is the rooming situation like?

All rooms are sold on a twin-share basis (bunk beds and simple rooms with tatami mats). If couples are travelling together they may put in the request at time of booking for a double bed where possible, though this cannot be guaranteed.

 

What flights do you include in your tour package?

We do not include any flights in the tour programme however all public transport from Tokyo back to Tokyo is included.

 

How many people usually come on your tour?

We have a maximum capacity of 20 people + 1 foreign tour guide.

 

Do you get many single person travelers come on your tour?

Yes! In fact a lot of our customers are single travellers, so it’s a great way to meet new people. Most of our guests are solo travellers.

 

Will I be picked up from the airport?

No, unfortunately we do not offer a pick up from either Narita or Haneda Airport.

 

How do I get to the hostel in Tokyo from the airport?

This will be covered in great detail in your welcome e-mail. Getting into central Tokyo from both airports is very easy on public transport and once in the downtown everywhere is very well connected via the subway. It’s a great start to your adventure! Again, don’t worry too much about this as we’ll be covering it all in your welcome e-mail.

 

What is the address of our first hostel?

Khaosan Tokyo Origami Hostel, 3 Chome-4-12 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan.

 

What's Japanese food like?

Japanese food is sometimes described as some of the best food in the world. It is a diverse range of rice, noodles, soups, sushi, BBQ, sweets and more. Be aware that Japan does not cater very well for vegetarians or vegans so if you do associate with these then you may want to bring some extra snacks to be prepared.

 

Should I exchange money in my home country or do it when I arrive?

You can change money at the airport or use the ATMs in Tokyo and at the airport. You can use your card a lot in Japan but cash is still king.

 

How is the Wi-Fi and data access on the trip?

As Japan is a developed country, Wi-Fi and data access is excellent. All the hostels that we stay in have strong and consistent Wi-Fi. If you’d like to stay connected whilst on the road you can pick up a tourist sim card at the airport, however be aware that these can be anywhere from $20-$40 for 2 weeks worth of data.

 

I have specific dietary requirements, is this ok?

Due to the nature of cuisine in Japan, strict dietary requirements may be difficult to accommodate in some areas. Many of the broths/stocks which flavour much of Japanese food are not vegetarian/vegan friendly, and many meals contain either meat, fish, or egg elements. Guests are encouraged to do their own research before arriving in Japan and the group leader will instruct those guests on which meals may need preplanning.

 

How much spending money do I need for the trip?

We would advise 50,000Y//£330//$450USD//$600AUD for the duration of the 10-day tour. This is a safe amount to cover lots on the tour, however you will have lots of opportunities to withdraw more cash throughout the tour.

 

If I arrive before the tour starts, when and where can I met my group?

We stay at “Khaosan Tokyo Origami” in Asakusa, Tokyo. We recommend booking a night with them online. We will then all meet together as a group at 7pm on day 1 in the lobby of the hotel and have our welcome meal which is included in your tour.

 

Do I need to get any vaccinations before coming to Japan?

We would recommend discussing this with your local doctor or GP as they will give the best,  and most up-to-date advice on this matter.

 

Do I need to take Malaria tablets whilst travelling?

Again, we recommend that you discuss this personally with your local GP.

 

Can I drink the water in Japan

Yes, Japan has drinkable tap water, so make sure you bring a refillable water bottle to save yourself buying water all the time!

 

Do I need a visa to visit Japan?

We advise checking with your governments travel website for up to date information. However, most countries are issued a 90 day visa on arrival. Although, you do need to show proof of onward travel from Japan to be allowed to board your inbound flight.

 

What plug adaptor do I need?

Japan uses the standard North American non-grounded outlet (two prong plugs). This adapter is also known as type A.

 

Do I need to bring a rain jacket?

Yes, it’s always handy to bring a rain jacket when visiting anytime of the year, we all know the weather can be unpredictable!

 

Do all of the accommodations on the tour have Wifi?

Yes

 

Is Japan safe?

Japan is incredibly safe, possibly one of the safest countries in the world. It is not uncommon to see unlocked bikes on the street and laptops left unattended in public cafes! However, like with all travelling we still recommend being careful with your belongings at all times!

TRAVELLING INDONESIA

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

 

AGE RANGE

Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don't have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous "flashpacking" style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of different ages and backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded fellow travellers.

 

Where do we spend the first night on tour?

Frii Hotel, Canggu.

If we arrive early, can we have an airport pick up?

Unfortunately not. Airport pick ups are only available on day 1 of the tour. We will however give you very simple instructions on how best to get from the airport to Frii Hotel in your information pack so you shouldn’t have any trouble!

I’m arriving before the tour starts – can you arrange some pre nights of accommodation?

Yes! We can arrange this at the place we stay during the tour. These nights would be paid in cash on arrival.

Do I require a visa?

Most visitors to Indonesia will obtain a free tourist visa on arrival, this will last for 30 days and you do not need to organize it before you arrive. You should check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information regarding your country of origin.

How much spending money should I take?

You will get a spending guide in your info pack, but around $30-$40 AUD per person, per day will easily be enough.

Do I need hiking gear?

Running shoes will be fine, and some warm items to take on the sunrise climb will be adequate!

Do you get many solo travellers on tour?

Yes! In fact, lots of our customers are solo travellers, so it’s a great way to meet new people. Most of our guests join us on their own.

Is it ok for me to bring a 25kg suitcase?

While we don’t recommend bringing a very heavy suitcase, we can make it work. Our recommendation is to bring no more than 20kg.

Do I need any shots or vaccinations before traveling?

We would always recommend speaking to a healthcare professional and following their advice.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

We always do our best to cater for most dietary requirements. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome but please make us aware of your requirements before your tour so we can best prepare.

Where does the tour end?

The tour will end at the ferry port in Padang Bai, where you can catch a van to the airport, Ubud, Canggu, etc.

 

TRAVELLING INDIA

TRAVELLING INDIA

Let’s go through the basics before you meet us on your big adventure to India! You are about to set off into one of the most spectacular places on the planet and we want to make sure you’re all ready. If you still have further questions after reading through this section then please get in touch with one of the friendly OLA team.

Before you set out with us on the trip of a lifetime, we want to go over a few things. India is an amazing country with so much to offer, but like with most Asian countries - sometimes things don’t go according to plan. This is why we may have to slightly alter the itinerary if we need to. One Life is committed to giving you the best possible experience, so if we need to change something we’ll make sure we’ll replace it with something equally awesome! 

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it.

 

AGE RANGE

Most of our guests come from all over the world and are a mix of ages. To take part in our tours you must be over the age of 18, but we don't have an upper age limit. While most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, we are happy for any age to join our tours if they want to experience our adventurous "flashpacking" style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of different ages and backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded fellow travellers.

 

SPENDING MONEY 

The currency for India is Indian Rupees (INR). We like to keep extra costs at a minimum and include as much as possible to make it easier for you to budget. Spending money all depends on the kind of person you are. Each person knows their own spending habits & you will receive a spending guide in your info pack, but around $30-50 AUD per person, per day will be plenty. Cash is very easy to access in India, with ATMs being plentiful.

 

Tipping is not compulsory, but is very much so expected in India. There is a culture of tipping around 10% of the bill for hotels and restaurants. We usually find it easier if your group leader says how much the tip should be and everyone can pitch in together to form a kitty which will cover you for any hotels or restaurants we visit on tour together.

 

Where do we spend the first night on tour?

The Florence Inn, New Delhi.

 

Address:

The Florence Inn, 15A, 6, Ajmal Khan Rd, Opposite New Bloom School, Block 15A, WEA, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110005, India

 

Where should I fly into? Do you include flights on this tour?

We don’t include international flights, you should fly into New Delhi International Airport (DEL). We include a domestic flight on this trip from Varanasi to Agra, this has a luggage allowance of 15kg + 7kg hand carry so please do not bring more than this. If you need to, you can purchase extra baggage at the airport, but this will be expensive. 

 

I’m arriving before the tour starts – can you arrange some pre-nights of accommodation?

Yes! We can arrange this at the place we stay during the tour. These nights would be paid in cash on arrival.

 

Do you include any meals on tour?

Yes, we actually include 50% of the meals on this trip! Including two food tours sampling the best of Indian cuisine.

 

Do I require a visa?

Most visitors to India can apply for an e-visa online prior to arriving in India, however, this is heavily dependent on your country - you should always check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information regarding your country of origin. You can use this site (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html) to apply.

 

Note: You must apply for this e-visa before you begin your journey to India. You will also need on onwards ticket exiting the country. You MUST have both of these things printed out (the e-visa and the onward flight ticket) to present at check-in and immigration.

 

Will I be picked up from the airport?

We don’t currently offer pick ups from the airport. But you can request a pick up at an additional cost.

 

Do you get many solo travellers on tour?

Yes! In fact, lots of our customers are solo travellers, so it’s a great way to meet new people. Most of our guests join us on their own.

 

Is it ok for me to bring a 25kg suitcase?

Our domestic flight includes 15kg of checked luggage +7kg hand carry. Although you can pay extra for this at the airport if you need to, we wouldn’t recommend bringing more than 15-20kg as we strictly use public transport and it will be much more comfortable for you to carry less.

 

What is the rooming situation like?

Most nights on this tour you will be in hotels, traditional havelis or even a desert glamping experience in double/twin share rooms. 1 night only will be quad-share/multi-share when we stay in a traditional homestay.

 

Do I need any shots or vaccinations before traveling?

We would always recommend speaking to a healthcare professional and following their advice.

 

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

We always do our best to cater for most dietary requirements. India is a haven for vegetarians and vegans but please make us aware of your requirements before your tour so we can best prepare.

 

Is there safe drinking water in India?

Tap water in India is unfit for consumption, but each of our accommodations that we stay in provide bottled water in the rooms and it will be available to purchase. When buying bottled water, you should always make sure it is sealed before opening - if it is not sealed, do not drink it.

 

Is India safe to travel?

Like all countries, appropriate caution is required as a traveller to keep yourself and your belongings safe. Provided you exercise the same caution you would in any other country and remain with the group it is perfectly safe to travel.

 

Should I carry cash and ID with me during the trip?

There is no need to carry excessive cash or ID when out and about in India, it is best to leave it safely locked away in our accommodation while just taking what you need out with you.

 

Can you help with my onward travel? What are the connections like to travel around India?

Your guide will aid you with any onward travel you might be planning. India is extremely well-connected domestically, with loads of domestic flights and trains available. However, if travelling in high season (December - March), then it is advisable to book this as early as possible because things can sell out very quickly.

 

What is the weather like in India?

March-May is generally Summer and can get exceedingly hot in some areas. June-October is monsoon season and November-February sees much cooler temperature and can feel cold at nighttime. We run trips all year round, so you can join us whenever you want to!

 

How is WiFi throughout the trip?

WiFi is available at all accommodation during the trip, but it’s not reliable and we would recommend picking up a local SIM card on arrival if you need to be online.

 

What are travel times like during the trip?

We take 2 overnight trains during the trip, both 10-12 hours each. These are both in comfortable cabins with A/C. The other travel times range between 1-6 hours and are on a combination of buses/trains.

 

Where does the tour end?

The tour will end back in New Delhi, at the Florence Inn.

 

Address:

The Florence Inn, 15A, 6, Ajmal Khan Rd, Opposite New Bloom School, Block 15A, WEA, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110005, India

 

VISA & TRAVEL ADVICE

Philippines

VISA INFORMATION

It is up to you to organise your own visas (if required) for the trip. Most nationalities are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days for tourism. We recommend that you go to this website for the most up-to-date information regarding Filipino tourism visas.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens! When you are choosing your insurance policy, it’s important to make sure it covers the following things:

  • Adventure activities included in the tour
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal belongings (in cases of lost luggage or theft)
  • Missed flights

 

SRI LANKA

VISA INFORMATION

You will always need a visa to visit Sri Lanka and it must be organised before you arrive. Sri Lanka tourist visa charges USD $30 per person for NON SAARC countries & USD $15 for SAARC countries, can be obtained directly via this site. Payments can be done easily online and you’ll receive confirmation within 48hrs. Easy! Just remember – your passport has to be valid for at least six months from the day of arrival. You will also need to have proof of onward travel (flight tickets out of the country).

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens! When you are choosing your insurance policy, it’s important to make sure it covers the following things:

  • Adventure activities included in the tour
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal belongings (in cases of lost luggage or theft)
  • Missed flights

We advise you to check with your local Sri Lankan consulate or embassy to get the most up-to-date conditions. One Life Adventures cannot apply for your visa for you, so please make sure you have sorted it by the time you arrive!

During your visa application process, you will be required to name the first location of your stay in Sri Lanka and their contact details. This location is:

Pegasus Reef Hotel
Palliyawatha,
Wattala, Sri Lanka

JAPAN

VISA INFORMATION

We advise checking with your governments travel website for up to date information. However, most countries are issued a 90 day visa on arrival. Although, you do need to show proof of onward travel from Japan to be allowed to board your inbound flight.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens! When you are choosing your insurance policy, it’s important to make sure it covers the following things:

  • Adventure activities included in the tour
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal belongings (in cases of lost luggage or theft)
  • Missed flights

We advise you to check with your local Japanese consulate or embassy to get the most up-to-date details.

INDONESIA

VISA INFORMATION

Most visitors to Indonesia will obtain a free tourist visa on arrival, this will last for 30 days and you do not need to organize it before you arrive. However, you should check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information regarding your country of origin.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens! When you are choosing your insurance policy, it’s important to make sure it covers the following things:

  • Adventure activities included in the tour
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal belongings (in cases of lost luggage or theft)
  • Missed flights

We advise you to check with your local Indonesian consulate or embassy to get the most up-to-date details.

INDIA
VISA INFORMATION

Most visitors to India can apply for an e-visa online prior to arriving in India, however this is heavily dependent on your country - you should always check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information regarding your country of origin. You can use this site (https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html) to apply.

 

Note: You must apply for this e-visa before you begin your journey to India. You will also need an onwards travel ticket showing your exit from the country and you must have this along with your e-visa printed out upon arrival.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Click here to get your insurance now

Travel insurance on all One Life Adventures trips is compulsory and we will check it on tour, if you do not have travel insurance when you arrive on your tour you will not be able to continue without purchasing it. Our group leader will be taking care of you from the moment you arrive, though things can happen which are out of our control. This is why we require everyone who travels with us to have their own travel insurance by the time they depart for the trip. You will have a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you are covered no matter what happens! When you are choosing your insurance policy, it’s important to make sure it covers the following things:

  • Adventure activities included in the tour
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal belongings (in cases of lost luggage or theft)
  • Missed flights

Terms & Conditions

Our services are provided to you subject to these terms and conditions. These terms and conditions can only be amended in writing by One Life Adventures. They are incapable of amendment or waiver by an employee, agent or representative of One Life Adventures or by any other supplier. These terms and conditions are to be read in conjunction with the Booking Terms and Conditions both of which govern your participation in the tour.

 

Parties:

These terms and conditions (including the exclusion of liability) bind you (the person specified below beside “your full name”). References in these terms and conditions to One Life Adventures includes (where the context permits) our employees, agents, contractors and suppliers and these terms and conditions (including exclusions from liability) apply to their benefit.

 

Acknowledgements:

Travelling with One Life Adventures requires a degree of flexibility, good humour and an understanding that modes of transport, accommodation and itineraries may change. This can happen even after the tour has commenced, without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control or when we deem it to be necessary such as flight delay, cancellation or postponement due to notorious weather in the Philippines, or other unpredictable circumstances such as landslides, road blockages, floods, political unrest or delay of arrival etc. Accordingly, we reserve the right to amend, vary, reroute or cancel our tours and we cannot guarantee exact arrival or departure times for certain aspects of the tour. To make this trip as fun and stress-free as possible, you must comply with our directions and advice while undertaking the tour and for matters related to the tour. You must also comply with all laws and legal (including visa) requirements of the Philippines while participating in the tour.

You acknowledge that participation in the tour involves group interaction with other participants and One Life Adventures group leaders. You agree, at all times, to act decently and with respect to other participants and One Life Adventures. You must not cause or create any nuisance to other participants, One Life Adventures or the general public and must treat the environment with respect. We may cancel your participation in a tour at any time without any liability if you breach any of these terms and conditions or if there are reasonable grounds for us to do so. We reserve the right to cancel your participation in the tour if you take part in any illegal activities, or partake in deliberately negligent, violent, or dangerous activities during the tour.

 

Guest’s responsibilities:

You are held responsible for being in good health to undertake the tour and also for preparing for the tour by studying the itinerary and any pre-departure information supplied, and for bringing the appropriate clothing, equipment and personal documentation as advised therein. There are optional water-based activities available during the tour, and if you choose to partake in any of these activities you must feel comfortable in the water.

Medical Issues:

There are elements of this trip, which require a certain degree of fitness, and for you to be in adequate health. If you suffer from any known medical conditions you must let us know before arrival in the Philippines. Please ensure that you carry with you sufficient supplies of any medications you may require, even if you do not use them regularly. Also, if you wear glasses it is a good idea to have a second pair with you. Our package and tour prices do not include travel or medical insurance so please make sure you are adequately covered. You might also want to consider trip cancellation insurance. Please consult with your health care advisor about any medical issues concerning your trip, including vaccination advice and malaria precautions. One Life Adventures is not liable for the sickness or injury of any tour participant. You warrant to us that you do not have any pre-existing medical condition or disability, which will impact on or prevent you from participating in or completing the tour. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically capable of completing the tour. You acknowledge that tours are carried out in areas with limited medical services. You hereby authorise One Life Adventures to take such action as is necessary (but without any obligation on One Life Adventures to do so) for the provision of medical services at your cost including, but not limited to, the arrangement of any medical evacuation service by air or road, the attendance of any nurse, doctor, paramedic or ambulance officer and any necessary hospital service. You must pay on time the costs of those services to the provider of those services or reimburse One Life Adventures within fourteen (14) days of demand. You are not entitled to any refund for any part of a tour that you missed due to sickness, illness or injury or due to other circumstances outside the control of One Life Adventures.

Travel Insurance:

Participants must have adequate travel insurance before departure on our trip. Your One Life Adventures trip includes ‘adventure activities’, so your own travel insurance must cover death, personal accident, medical expenses, air ambulance, air rescue, loss of effects, repatriation costs, and all other expenses which may arise as a result of death, loss, damage, injury, delay, or inconvenience occurring to the participant. When obtaining travel insurance, the participant must inform the insurer of the type of travel to be undertaken, especially when “adventure activities” are included in the trip. It is also highly recommended that all passengers take out trip cancellation insurance to cover any possible losses incurred by the mishaps of chance.

 

Liability:

You release One Life Adventures from all claims and liabilities arising out of or relating to your participation in the tour including (but not limited to) actions (or inactions) of One Life Adventures undertaken pursuant to these terms and conditions and including those caused or contributed to by third parties including suppliers to One Life Adventures and other participants on the tour. For the purpose of this clause “claims” means any allegation, cause of action, claim, demand, proceeding, litigation, investigation, judgment, loss, cost or expense of whatever nature and whether present or future, fixed or unascertained, actual or contingent and whether arising at law or in equity, under statute or otherwise. You indemnify One Life Adventures for any loss suffered by it and against all claims (as defined in the preceding paragraph) and liabilities arising out of, or related to, your participation in the tour and any breach by you of these terms.

One Life Adventures may suspend its obligations under these terms and conditions if its ability to perform is effected by circumstances outside its control including cyclones, storms, fires, earthquakes, explosions, embargos, government directives, or any law or regulation, litigation or labour dispute, act of god (such as flood) or terrorism or any other cause beyond our reasonable control. Unless required by law or otherwise expressly agreed in writing by One Life Adventures, no refunds are payable and no claims may be made if you do not complete a tour regardless of the reason. You acknowledge that you cannot claim compensation or seek damages if One Life Adventures exercises any of the rights conferred on it by these terms and conditions unless these terms and conditions expressly provide otherwise.

 

One Life Adventures Travel Disclaimer:

We have full confidence in the professionalism of the tour operators with whom we partner and we will do our utmost to ensure 100% professional service and a smooth travel experience for our clients. However, One Life Adventures acts solely as an agent between clients and ‘tour operator’ and thus cannot accept any responsibility for their services. Any disputes that may arise will be handled through the jurisdiction of each operator’s respective place of business. Clients are responsible for making their own international air-travel arrangements and for taking out travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance to cover any possible losses incurred by the mishaps of chance.

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