We join these trips for many different reasons but we all travel with Canyon Calling to have a really fun time in beautiful locations. Women in general, and certainly our guides, are very in tune with all our marvelous personality differences and are patient and indeed celebratory of those differences. You will find that your guide is a great group alchemist and sets an example for inclusivity. She is welcoming, well-trained, caring, and patient.
These are the essence of Canyon Calling adventures and are what make our trips so special (second only to our guests). We hire the most appropriate outfitters in each region to give us the ultimate outdoor experiences. They are safety-first minded, fun, competent, licensed and permitted, and are usually folks with whom we’ve been working with for years. They understand that many of us are new to the activity and they give detailed instruction. Most importantly, they work hard to keep us safe while ensuring a fabulous time. You are in good hands.
Also, unlike other tour companies, you are not required to tip while traveling with Canyon Calling. We take care of tipping outfitter guides, drivers, wait staff, etc.
Your travel companions come from diverse backgrounds and you will discover that you all have two things in common. One is that each of you has a little adventure-seeker inside. Two is that no matter how fabulous the destination or the activities, the best part of the trip will very likely turn out to be the friendships forged with the women with whom you travel.
Giving and Friendship
A tour group is much like life – you put energy into it and you get back ten-fold what you have given.
You may arrive tired – from life or maybe just from the flight. Your smile will do fine until you have caught up on sleep. Be generous of heart. Show interest by checking in with each other. If you need more quiet than others, that will become obvious and folks will let you chill-out. Most importantly, give a little of yourself – perhaps share a funny story from your past or maybe a challenging experience and what you learned from it. We’re not implying our trips are therapy on wheels…although we’ve been told that! What we’re saying is that getting to know each other requires giving something of yourself. We have found that the rewards of friendship are so worth the investment.
Trust your Guide!
No matter whether we’re single, divorced, married or partnered, we all tend to be independent women making our own decisions every moment of the day. And now you’re on vacation – and one where you’re paying someone else to make decisions for you. So we respectfully invite you to relax and do just that! Please be flexible, after all this is adventure travel. Your guide is intimately acquainted with the area, the local conditions, the schedule, and most importantly, keeping everyone safe and happy. She provides clear instructions and invites follow-up questions. Every evening she outlines what you can expect the following day – and what to wear to keep you comfortable.
Your guide also recognizes that guests may be a little nervous at the start of a trip. Some have fears like “Will I hold the group up?” “Who will I be roomed with?” “Have I brought the right clothing?” “Will I be safe?” etc. There may be a ‘settling in’ period, and it is our experience that everything usually settles within 24 hours and a good rhythm develops. You’re on a guided vacation…time for YOU…relax and enjoy yourself!
Your job is to get yourself to the trip meeting point at the correct time, and to get yourself home after the trip ends. We take care of everything in between!
We usually travel in a 12-passenger van, sometimes a smaller van depending on the group size. Your guide will also drive, except on some of the international tours where local drivers are required, and/or when we utilize local transport such as a train or boat for a segment of the tour. In the van, we rotate seating each day so that everyone gets a turn up front.
The properties vary depending on the trip but in general they are always clean, quiet lodging with an average of a three star rating, sometimes four. You will have your own bed. Each room will have two beds – sometimes three in park lodging. We rotate roommates each night that we change locations and this policy has served us well ensuring great group dynamics. If you join the trip as a duo, obviously the two of you may choose to room together the whole trip.
Some accommodations are destination-specific like log cabins and historic lodges in National Parks and farm guesthouses in Iceland. In Morocco we sleep one night outside under the stars in the Sahara. In New Zealand we spend one night sleeping on mattresses all in a row at the Maori homeland, and on the Swiss trip we have a one-night alpine hut experience sleeping dorm-style at 6000’. In these unusual situations bathrooms may not be in the rooms, but they’re very close by. You have the option to shower every day, and again these are the exceptions to the rule and based on the desire to fully experience the local culture. We hand pick each of our accommodations and strive to deliver the best experience for you. Sometimes we stay in spa resorts too!
We eat very well – mostly in restaurants where you’re welcome to order an entree on the menu and a non-alcoholic drink. (To be clear, you’re welcome of course to order alcohol however it’s not covered in the tour cost.) As a standard, we skip appetizers and desserts but have been known to stop for an ice cream. Guests have claimed they were surprised by the gourmet meals on our trips. Sometimes lunches are picnics out on the trail to appreciate the scenic beauty and enjoy more time outdoors. Rest assured, you will be well fed and well fueled for our exciting adventures.