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  • Who are Indy travellers?
    Indy Escapes create a community of like-minded individuals seeking adventure and connection. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or with a small group of friends, we have no doubt that you will have the time of your life! Each trip is designed to evoke your sense of adventure, learn a little about culture and conservation, along with social events to connect with all of your fellow travellers.
  • How many people will be on my trip? 
    Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 15-20 people, though our group sizes can vary.
  • Are there age restrictions on your trips?
    Yes, Indy Escapes caters specifically to solo travellers, couple and small groups of friends in their 20's and 30's. The age restrictions are in place to create a community of like-minded individuals, and the trips are tailored to the preferences and interests of these individuals. If you fall within this age group and are seeking exciting and socially vibrant travel opportunities, these dedicated trips are designed to offer a platform for connection, exploration, and shared experiences. Feel free to explore our itineraries to find the perfect adventure that aligns with your interests and preferences. If you have any specific questions about age requirements or trip details, our team is available to provide assistance.
  • I’m travelling alone – is that OK?
    Absolutely! Traveling alone with Indy Escapes is not only okay but welcomed. Many of Indy Escapes' trips are designed to cater to solo travellers, offering an opportunity to explore, connect with like-minded individuals, and create memorable experiences. Whether you're an independent adventurer looking for a solo journey or seeking to join a group of fellow solo travellers, Indy Escapes provides a platform for individuals to embark on exciting adventures independently or as part of a vibrant community.
  • If I am travelling solo, will I be charged a single supplement?
    As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement.
  • Will someone take photos and videos of us?
    Yes, we realise the importance of capturing these once in a life time experiences so our staff are equip with SLR, Drone, GoPro & Underwater cameras to capture every single moment so there is no need to worry about missing that perfect shot! The photos are distributed free of charge by our group leader during our trip!
  • Do I get any free time?
    The beauty of travelling with Indy Escapes is that we encourage travellers to explore at their own pace. When you get to a destination, your leader will offer options on what you can do. Some of the group will do one activity, others will opt for something completely different while others may just choose to lie in a hammock and read a book.
  • How can I make Payment?
    Deposit: To secure your spot, we require a $300 USD non refundable deposit. Payment Plan: Flexible Weekly or Monthly fixed payments over a period of time. Full Payment: The total amount paid upfront so you don’t have to worry later! We accept Credit & Debit Card, Bank Transfer, PayPal & WISE.
  • Where do we stay?
    We have endeavoured to select hotels that enhance your travel experience, either through a central location which are of a high level of standard, service and amenities available. There are photos of the accomodation available on each trip page.
  • Are the rooms air-conditioned?
    We want our guests to be as comfortable as possible so when you come home from a day at the beach, so in the Maldives, Croatia, Turkey and Bali, all rooms have air conditioning. On our Africa Safaris, we are stay in glamping tents (with ensuites) and in cooler climates so air conditioning is not required.
  • What is the food like?
    The culinary experience with Indy Escapes varies depending on the destination and the nature of the trip. Indy Escapes is likely to offer a diverse range of food experiences to provide travellers with a taste of local cuisine and culture. Here's what you might expect: Flexibility for Dietary Preferences: Indy Escapes aims to accommodate various dietary preferences and restrictions. When booking a trip, you may have the opportunity to specify any dietary requirements, and the team will do their best to ensure your needs are met. To date we have no had a dietary requirement that we could not cater for, so please share any concerns. Local Cuisine Experiences: Indy Escapes often includes opportunities to explore and savor local dishes. This could involve dining at authentic restaurants, themed dinners, exploring local markets, trying street food, or participating in cooking classes to learn about the traditional preparation of local specialties. We can ensure that all travellers have insight into the best places to eat and unique culinary experiences that align with the destination's culture. Included Meals: Our tours typically include certain meals as part of the overall package. These meals might include breakfasts, some lunches, and dinners. The number of included meals can vary, so it's essential to check the specific details of the trip you're interested in. When a meal is not included, our knowledgeable staff can direct you to quality restaurants to purchase meals for any where between approximately $5-20 USD per meal. It's recommended to check the specific details of each trip itinerary or contact Indy Escapes directly for more information on the food offerings for a particular destination or tour. This way, you can better understand what to anticipate and whether the culinary aspect aligns with your preferences.
  • What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?
    What ever you feel most comfortable; a suitcase, duffel bag or backpack. Keep in mind that staff will coordinate movement of your luggage throughout the trip so you will not have to worry about carrying it around.
  • What clothing should I pack?
    The clothing you should pack for an Indy Escapes trip depends on the specific destination, time of year, and activities planned during your journey. Here are some general recommendations: Weather Considerations: Check the weather forecast for your destination during the travel dates. Pack accordingly for the climate, whether it's warm and tropical, cool and temperate, or cold and snowy. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Bring comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, especially if your itinerary includes exploration on foot or outdoor activities. Layered Clothing: Pack clothing that can be layered for versatility. This is particularly useful in destinations where temperatures can vary throughout the day. Casual and Active Wear: Include a mix of casual wear for city exploration and more active wear if your trip involves outdoor adventures. Swimwear: If your itinerary includes beach destinations or water activities, don't forget to pack swimwear. Modest Attire: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially if you're visiting culturally sensitive areas. Pack modest clothing for such occasions. Rain Gear: Depending on the season and destination, bring a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho in case of rain. Sun Protection: Pack sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun, especially if you're visiting sunny destinations. Adventurous Gear: If your trip includes specific activities like hiking, biking, or other outdoor adventures, pack the appropriate gear, such as hiking boots, a daypack, or specialized clothing. Travel Essentials: Don't forget travel essentials like comfortable underwear, socks, and sleepwear. Cultural Considerations: Be aware of any cultural norms regarding dress code and pack accordingly. In some places, it may be appropriate to have more conservative clothing. Always refer to the specific packing list provided by Indy Escapes for your chosen trip, as it will offer tailored recommendations based on the destination and activities. Additionally, consider the duration of your trip and whether laundry facilities will be available.
  • Can I do my laundry?
    Along the way there are usually chances to do laundry, either through your hotel or using local services. Your leader will be able to let you know once you are on the trip.
  • Do your tours include international airfare?
    Travellers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We recommend searching through websites like Skyscanner or Google Flights to compare rates, then book directly with the airline that facilitates your needs, and not through a third party website.
  • Are airport transfers included?
    The inclusion of airport transfers in Indy Escapes trips can vary depending on the specific details of the itinerary and the type of package you've booked. Here are a few points to consider: Check the Itinerary & Inclusions: Review the detailed itinerary provided by Indy Escapes for the specific trip you are interested in. The inclusion of airport transfers will be mentioned in the trip details. Contact Indy Escapes: If the information is not clear from the provided materials, consider reaching out to Indy Escapes directly. Their customer support or trip coordinators can provide specific details about whether airport transfers are included and any additional information you may need.
  • Whats not included?
    What is not included in an Indy Escapes trip can vary depending on the specific itinerary and the type of package you've booked. However, here are common aspects that may not be included, and it's advisable to check the detailed itinerary and terms of your specific trip for accurate information: International Airfare: The cost of international flights to and from the destination are not included. Travellers are responsible for booking their own flights. Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional meals not included in the itinerary, snacks, and other personal purchases are generally not covered. Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is often not included but is compulsory for attending an Indy Escapes trip. It's up to the traveller to purchase insurance that covers trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Visa Fees and Travel Documents: Costs associated with obtaining visas, permits, and other necessary travel documents are the responsibility of the traveler. Optional Excursions: Any optional excursions, activities, or experiences that are not explicitly listed as included in the itinerary will incur additional charges. Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and other service providers are not included. It's customary to tip in many travel destinations, and this expense is often borne by the traveler. Airport Transfers (Varies): While some trips may include airport transfers, others may not. Check the specific details of your itinerary to confirm whether airport transfers are provided. Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages are not included. Additional Accommodations: If you decide to arrive earlier or stay longer at the destination beyond the scheduled trip dates, the cost of additional accommodations may not be included. Single Supplement Upgrade: As a solo traveller, you will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you’re not comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same gender, you also have the choice to pay for a single supplement. Transportation Outside of Itinerary: Transportation outside of the planned itinerary, such as taxis, rideshares, or personal transportation, is generally not covered. Always refer to the detailed itinerary, terms, and conditions provided by Indy Escapes for your specific trip to understand what is included and what is not. If you have any questions or need clarification, contacting Indy Escapes directly is recommended.
  • Can you help arrange my travel visas?
    We are not able to directly arrange visas or facilitate the application process. Here are some steps you can take to arrange your travel visas: Research Visa Requirements: Check the visa requirements for the specific destination(s) you plan to visit. Requirements can vary based on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Visit Official Government Websites: Refer to the official government websites of the country or countries you intend to visit for the most accurate and up-to-date visa information. Start the Application Process Early: Begin the visa application process well in advance of your planned travel dates. Some visas may take time to process, and last-minute applications can lead to complications. Collect Required Documents: Gather all necessary documents, such as passport photos, proof of accommodation, flight itineraries, and any other documents specified by the visa application requirements. Apply through Embassies or Consulates: Submit your visa application through the appropriate embassy or consulate. Many countries require applicants to apply in person or through an authorized visa application center. Pay Visa Fees: Be prepared to pay the required visa fees. The fees can vary depending on the type of visa and the processing time. Attend Visa Interviews (if required): Some countries may require applicants to attend a visa interview. Prepare for the interview by understanding the purpose of your visit and having all necessary documents on hand. Track the Visa Application: Track the status of your visa application if the embassy or consulate provides an online tracking system. Travel Insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance that includes coverage for trip cancellations or interruptions in case your visa application is delayed or denied. If you have specific questions about the visa requirements for your destination or need assistance with the application process, consider reaching out to the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit or consulting with a reputable visa service agency.
  • What vaccinations are recommended?
    The recommended vaccinations for a specific adventure can vary based on the destination, the activities planned, and your individual health condition. Before embarking on any adventure with Indy Escapes, it's crucial to check the specific health and vaccination requirements for the destination. Here are some general tips: Consult a Healthcare Professional: Schedule a visit to a travel health clinic or consult with your healthcare provider well in advance of your trip. They can provide personalized advice based on your medical history and the specific destination. Routine Vaccinations: Ensure with a medical professional that your routine vaccinations (such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) are up to date. Destination-Specific Vaccines: Some destinations may have specific health risks that require additional vaccinations. Examples include yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, rabies, and Japanese encephalitis. Malaria Prophylaxis: Depending on your destination, malaria may be a concern. Your healthcare provider can prescribe appropriate antimalarial medications if needed. Traveler's Diarrhea and Waterborne Diseases: Consider vaccinations or preventive measures for traveller's diarrhea, and be cautious about consuming water and food that may pose contamination risks. Altitude Sickness Prevention: If your adventure involves high-altitude destinations, discuss altitude sickness prevention with your healthcare provider. Personal Health Considerations: Inform your healthcare provider about any pre-existing health conditions, medications you are taking, and any allergies to ensure a comprehensive health assessment. Plan Well in Advance: Some vaccines may require multiple doses over a period of time. Plan your vaccinations well in advance of your departure date to ensure you are fully protected. Keep a Record: Maintain a record of your vaccinations, including dates and types, as some countries may require proof of certain vaccinations upon entry. Stay Informed: Stay informed about health advisories and updates for your destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are reliable sources for travel health information. Remember that health recommendations can change, so it's essential to stay updated on any new developments or requirements. Additionally, Indy Escapes are not able to provide specific guidance or requirements for health and vaccinations for the tours that we organise, so be sure to consult with your healthcare professional accordingly.
  • Do I need Travel Insurance?
    Yes, having comprehensive travel insurance is compulsory for travelling with Indy Escapes. Travel insurance provides financial protection and peace of mind in case unexpected events or emergencies occur during your trip. Here are some reasons why travel insurance is essential: Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Travel insurance can cover non-refundable trip costs if you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, injury, or family emergencies. Medical Expenses: In the event of illness or injury during your adventure, travel insurance can cover medical expenses, including hospital stays, doctor visits, and medications. Evacuation and Repatriation: If you need to be evacuated to a medical facility or repatriated to your home country due to a medical emergency, travel insurance can cover the associated costs. Lost or Delayed Baggage: Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost, stolen, or delayed baggage, helping you recover the value of your belongings. Travel Delays: If your trip is delayed due to reasons beyond your control (such as weather, strikes, or transportation issues), travel insurance can provide compensation for additional expenses incurred. Cancellations by the Tour Operator: In the rare event that Indy Escapes needs to cancel a trip, travel insurance can help protect your investment by reimbursing you for non-refundable expenses. Emergency Assistance: Many travel insurance policies offer 24/7 emergency assistance services, providing support in case you encounter difficulties during your journey. Coverage for Adventure Activities: If your adventure includes specific activities such as trekking, water sports, or other adventurous pursuits, make sure your travel insurance covers these activities. Personal Liability: Travel insurance may include personal liability coverage, protecting you in case you accidentally cause injury to someone else or damage property. Cancellation Due to Work Reasons: Some travel insurance policies offer coverage for trip cancellation due to work-related reasons, providing added flexibility. Before purchasing travel insurance, carefully review the policy terms and conditions to ensure it meets your specific needs. Consider factors such as coverage limits, exclusions, and any pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, check if Indy Escapes has any specific insurance requirements for participants in their adventures.
  • Are trips physically demanding?
    The level of physical demand for trips organised by Indy Escapes can vary depending on the specific itinerary, destination, and activities included in each adventure. Overall, Indy Escapes offers a range of inclusive trips designed to cater to different preferences and fitness levels. Here are some factors to consider: Optional Activities: Optional activities are additional experiences or excursions that travellers can choose to participate in during their trip. These activities are typically not included in the standard itinerary, and participants have the flexibility to decide whether they want to add them to their travel experience. Here are some common characteristics of optional activities: Activity Types: Consider the types of activities included in the itinerary. Some trips may involve hiking, trekking, or other outdoor adventures that require a certain level of physical fitness. Others may have more relaxed activities and cultural experiences. Altitude and Terrain: Trips that involve high-altitude destinations or challenging terrains may require additional physical preparation. Altitude, in particular, can affect individuals differently, so it's important to be aware of the elevation of the destination. Duration of Activities: Assess the duration of physical activities planned for each day. Longer and more strenuous activities may be suitable for those with a higher level of fitness. Preparation: Some trips may benefit from pre-trip physical preparation. If the adventure includes activities like trekking or hiking, consider a fitness routine that helps build stamina and endurance. Trip Grading: Indy Escapes may provide information on the level of difficulty or physical demand associated with each trip. This can be indicated through trip grading, such as easy, moderate, or challenging. Ask Questions: If you have concerns about the physical demands of a specific trip, don't hesitate to ask Indy Escapes for more information. They can provide insights into the activities and help you assess whether the trip aligns with your fitness level. Flexibility and Options: Indy Escapes may offer trips with flexible itineraries, providing options for participants with different preferences and physical capabilities. This allows individuals to choose activities that suit their comfort levels. It's crucial to carefully review the trip details, including the itinerary and any provided information about physical demands. Additionally, consult with Indy Escapes and, if necessary, your healthcare provider to ensure that the trip is suitable for your individual fitness level and health condition. This proactive approach helps ensure a positive and enjoyable travel experience.
  • Can I opt out of certain activities if I want to?
    One of the most important values at Indy Escapes, is making sure that all participants feel safe and comfortable at all times. Whilst specific policies may vary based on the nature of the activity, safety considerations, and logistical arrangements. The trips are designed so that you will be able opt out of any activity that you do not want to participate. . Here are some general considerations: Flexibility in Itinerary: Indy Escapes may design their trips with a degree of flexibility, allowing participants to choose which activities they want to join. This flexibility enhances the overall experience, catering to diverse interests and preferences. Communication with Tour Leaders: Communication is key. If there are activities you wish to opt out of, it's advisable to discuss your preferences with the tour leaders or guides. They can provide guidance, address any concerns, and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the implications of opting out. Optional vs. Mandatory Activities: Some activities may be marked as optional, indicating that participants can choose whether to participate. Others may be integral to the overall itinerary, and opting out may have implications for the flow of the trip. Advance Information: Trip itineraries provided by Indy Escapes often outline which activities are included and which ones are optional. Reviewing this information in advance helps you plan your participation based on your interests. Individual Preferences: Recognise that participants may have individual preferences and varying comfort levels with certain activities. Tour leaders are typically understanding and aim to accommodate reasonable requests. Consideration for Group Dynamics: While flexibility is important, group dynamics play a role. Activities are often planned to foster a sense of community among participants. If opting out of a group activity, be mindful of the potential impact on group cohesion. Before booking a trip, carefully review the provided itinerary and any information about optional activities. If you have specific concerns or preferences, reach out to Indy Escapes to discuss your individual needs and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the flexibility offered during the trip.
  • Are your trips guaranteed to depart?
    All of our group adventures are guaranteed to depart. That means that once you book your trip it’s confirmed to run, regardless of how many other travellers have booked. We are yet to run a trip that has not been completely full, so we can guaranteed that you will never be flying solo.
  • What is the currency in my destination? How much should I take in credit cards/cash? Can I use my credit card during my trip?
    All destinations are different, and currency, payment methods, and acceptance of credit cards can vary widely from country to country. Please check the specific trip page and that will provide information about the currency of your destination, how much cash or credit cards to take, and the acceptance of credit cards during your trip. Currency: Identify the currency used in the destination. Research the current exchange rates on XE to have an idea of the local currency's value compared to your home currency. WISE: Wise specialises in cross-border payment transfers. Wise is the best way to send, spend, get paid, and hold money in different currencies. Low money transfer rates with no hidden fees. Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in many destinations, especially in urban areas and popular tourist locations. Visa and MasterCard are commonly accepted, while American Express and other cards may have more limited acceptance. ATMs: Using local ATMs is often a convenient way to access local currency. Check with your bank about any international withdrawal fees and inform them of your travel dates to avoid issues with your card being blocked for suspicious activity. Cash: It's advisable to carry some local currency in cash, especially in areas where card acceptance may be limited. Cash is useful for small purchases, markets, and places where card payments may not be feasible. Currency Conversion Apps: Consider using currency conversion apps like XE to quickly check prices and understand costs in your home currency. Notify Your Bank: Inform your bank and credit card companies about your travel dates and destination to avoid any issues with card transactions being flagged as suspicious. Emergency Cash: Keep a small amount of emergency cash in a secure location, separate from your main funds. Traveler's Checks (optional): Traveler's checks are less common nowadays, but some travelers still find them useful for additional security. Check whether they are accepted at your destination. Local Customs: Be aware of local customs and preferences regarding payment methods. In some places, cash may be preferred for certain transactions. To get specific and up-to-date information tailored to your destination, visit the official website of Indy Escapes or contact their customer support. Additionally, consult travel forums or guidebooks for insights from fellow travelers who have visited the same destination.
  • Is tipping common whilst travelling? 
    Tipping customs can vary widely from country to country, and it's important for travelers to be aware of and respectful of local practices. In some cultures, tipping is a common and expected practice, while in others, it may be less common or unnecessary. Here are some general guidelines: Research Before Traveling: Before traveling to a new destination, research the tipping customs for that specific country. Guidebooks, travel websites, or local customs guides can provide valuable insights. Service Industry Expectations: Tipping is most common in service industries such as restaurants, cafes, hotels, and taxis. In many countries, it is customary to leave a tip for good service. Check Local Customs: Local customs can vary within a country. For example, tipping practices may differ in urban and rural areas. Always be mindful of regional differences. Understand Included Service Charges: In some places, a service charge may already be included in the bill. Check your receipt or ask the staff to avoid double-tipping. Tipping in Cash: In many cases, tips are given in cash directly to the service provider. Ensure you have small denominations of local currency for tipping. Tour Guides and Drivers: For guided tours, it's common to tip tour guides and drivers. The amount may vary, so it's helpful to research or ask locally for guidance. Consider Quality of Service: Tipping is often linked to the quality of service received. If the service was exceptional, consider leaving a larger tip. Remember that tipping is a cultural practice, and it's a way of expressing appreciation for good service. Being respectful of local customs helps create positive interactions and contributes to a more enjoyable travel experience.
  • Can I organise a private trip?
    Yes, if you have more than 10 guests we can organise an exclusive trip for you and your friends on dates that suit you! Please send an email to info@indyescapes.com for more information.
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