Physical and Culture Shock Ratings

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PHYSICAL RATING
Our travellers are sometimes concerned that our trips might be beyond their capabilities. Relax! We have a huge range of trips, with something for everybody. The Physical grading gives you an idea of how much huffing and puffing you can expect on the trip. While generalisations are always tricky, a summary of our gradings follows:

Rating 1:
These trips are a relaxing break. You don’t have to worry about being able to do anything physically demanding unless you want to.

Rating 2:
You are required to carry your pack on and off trains and buses, up hotel steps, etc. Your itinerary may include easy paced walks or bike rides, but these are on mainly flat ground.

Rating 3:
Activities include treks of 3 to 4 hours per day in hilly terrain, flat water kayaking or a long day’s bike ride, in conditions which are likely to be hot and muggy. You will raise your heart rate on these trips, so a basic level of aerobic fitness is required.

Rating 4:
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. This may be treks of up to 6 hours per day in steep terrain, or extended bike rides of more than one day. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your holiday.

Rating 5:
Activities include extended treks of 8 or more hours a day or extended bike touring, often at altitude and over steep terrain. Even if you’re in excellent shape, these trips provide plenty of challenges.

CULTURE SHOCK RATING:
The Culture shock grading considers the remoteness of the location, the type of accommodation and transport we use and that ‘Wow, I’m really not at home now!’ factor. While generalisations are always tricky, a summary of our gradings follows:

Rating 1:
This is the least confronting of our product range. You have the ease of ‘Western-style’ accommodation and the support of local English speaking guides when sightseeing is included.

Rating 2:
The trip includes a range of accommodation, such as basic hotels with western facilities or overnight trains. Days of being on the move are well interspersed, communication with the outside world is ever-present and a wide variety of food is commonly available.

Rating 3:
Expect to rough it every now and again, whether it’s very simple group-share accommodation at a homestay, a packed public bus where you are forced to stand, the odd cold shower or an encounter with a squat toilet.

Rating 4:
The comforts of home are more of a rarity. Expect extended stays of multi-share accommodation, limited access to hot water, simple food or days cut off from the rest of the world.

Rating 5
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You’re out there in Asia the Middle East or Latin America! You are likely to be exposed to the elements and/or altitude, stay in very basic lodgings for extended periods, travel in whatever means of transport is available and basically take it as it comes, whatever comes! It can be tough.





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