A VEGAN ADVENTURE IN SRI LANKA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is A VEGAN ADVENTURE IN SRI LANKA hosted by?
The trip is hosted by Escape To..., a social enterprise that has hosted over 600 international travelers in India on volunteering and experiential programs over the last 8 years and Roz Smith, a prominent yoga teacher from Australia and vegan activist.
Total pre-departure support (orientation on health, culture, safety and arrival details, what to pack, etc.), airport pick up and drop off in Sri Lanka, accommodation, 3 meals per day (except one lunch), 6 yoga classes, transportation, entrance fees to places of interest as per itinerary, and all activities as per itinerary.
What's Not Included?
Round trip airfare, visa, travel insurance, laundry, alcohol, activities you may do in your own free time, massages, shopping and personal expenses, extra snacks and drinks outside of meals.
Do I have to BE VEGAN in order to participate?
Nope. All of our meals will be vegan and we will be discussing veganism frequently. If you are not yet vegan, it’s totally okay as long as you come with an open heart :)
Do I have to KNOW YOGA OR MEDITATION in order to participate?
Nope. We encourage travelers who are interested in exploring yoga and meditation to participate. However, you can certainly take part without a background in yoga or background, with the understanding that we have slotted sessions allocated for yoga classes for some of the mornings.
I’VE NEVER TRAVELED OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. IS SRI LANKA A SAFE PLACE FOR ME?
That’s okay! We host all people—those that have or haven’t traveled abroad before. Our trip is designed to provide 24/7 support with experienced travelers and local experts to make your trip as safe as possible. We travel, live and do daily activities together so you do not have to feel nervous about being alone. India is a safe country with a growing tourism market. We have scouted out all the locations and activities on the trip in advance to ensure safe experiences.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
Definitely! We encourage traveling solo with us or registering with a friend(s).
WILL I GET SICK?
Most travelers to Sri Lanka often get stomach upset and mild diarrhea. We will provide meals at trusted, hygienic restaurants that we have tried and tested and you will always have access to filtered water. We will be with you at every step in case you get ill.
I HEAR SRI LANKA IS CONSERVATIVE...WHAT DO I WEAR?
We recommend wearing loose-fitted clothing (khakis, long skirts and capris) during the day. For women, we recommend wearing short sleeved, 3/4 or long sleeved shirts and dresses. For early mornings and evenings, always have a light cardigan or sweater available. Parts of Sri Lanka are quite used to international travelers and are okay for wearing bathing suits on the beach.
WHO WILL THE OTHER TRAVELERS BE?
Our trip is meant for travelers over 18, from around the world who want to travel to India through a meaningful and culturally responsible experience. All our travelers are vegan or have an interest in veganism. We will form a Whatsapp group around 15 days prior to the event so we can all learn about each other before we arrive in Sri Lanka.
WILL WE ALL FLY TOGETHER?
Not necessarily. We will get participants from around the world so everyone is responsible to fly on their own to Sri Lanka. Whenever possible, we will connect those of you who are flying from the same city.
HOW MANY people WILL BE ON THE TRIP?
We are capping our program at 14 travelers (in addition to 2 trip leaders).
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
We ask you to fill out a 3 minute application form as well as chat with us over phone or Skype. We will send you a confirmation letter around 2-3 days after that.
WHERE DO MY TRIP FEES GO?
Your trip fees help provide on-ground support in the form of airport pickups, accommodation, food, transportation, all activities as per itinerary, and 24/hour staff to guide the group through the experience. Through our activities, we are supporting the work of impactful non-profits and causes along the way.
WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES?
July 1st 2019: $300 deposit
September 1st 2019: $500 balance
November 1st 2019: $1,575 final balance
Add on $425 if you want a private room.
You may pay in full for a $100 discount by June 1st 2019.
YOU HAVE NOT ANSWERED MY QUESTION. WHO DO I CONTACT?
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