How do I know which trip is right for me? Do I need experience?
Each trip description on our website includes the level of experience required for the trip. If you have any questions about that, please feel free to reach out and chat with us about any past adventurous activities you've done to see if your desired trip is the right fit for you! Many of the side excursions (kayaking, canoeing, biking, horseback riding, trail running, ATVs, snowmobiling, etc.) require no prior experience!
Use this quick guide for backpacking and hiking to see which category you fall into:
-Beginner: You have never camped or backpacked, and do small day hikes every now and then. You also don't have the gear yet, and have lots of questions about how it all works, but you're excited and curious about getting into it! You are able to hike up to 8 miles per day with a loaded backpack.
-Intermediate: You've been backpacking, camping, and hiking a few times and would feel comfortable going with a group of friends. You have some of the gear but it spends more time tucked away in the closet than you'd like. You would be able to hike 8-12 miles per day with a full backpack.
-Advanced: You know what you're doing, you have all of your own gear and know how to use it. You would feel comfortable going out for a night or two on your own or with friends and are in shape to hike 12-15 miles per day with a full backpack.
Will I be able to keep up?
Generally when hiking and backpacking with multiple people, the group naturally splits into a 'faster' group of hikers and a 'slower' group. It happens naturally and it's a great way to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their hike, and also helps to keep people from feeling either rushed or like they're waiting around. Your guide will split their time with each paced group throughout the hike. If you're worried about feeling too slow, make sure that the trip you chose fits your level of experience. Most trips also allow a couple of months of prep time so that you can make sure you're ready for the adventure!
Do you provide gear?
We do not provide gear. Our reason for that is because we want you to have your own gear so that you can stick with an outdoorsy lifestyle after your trip, and we also want you to understand how to use your gear! If you are concerned about the cost of buying gear for a trip, most REI locations rent backpacking and camping gear. There are also some great Facebook pages that sell lightly used gear for affordable prices.
What should I bring?
Before each trip, you'll receive an email with a packing list specific to your destination. That packing list will also include the information of what meals you need to provide for yourself and suggestions on what types of food to bring.
What do I pay for on my own outside of the trip cost?
You will need to cover your airfare, your meals, and any tips for guides of excursions we'll be on. Some trip costs will include some meals, but that will be noted in the trip description.
Is there an age limit?
You must be at least 18 to travel with us. We love for our trips to have a nice age range of guests!
Can I request a trip to a special location?
Yes! Let us know where you want to go, and we'll get to work planning an itinerary for that location.
Can The Girls Trip Adventure Co. plan a private trip for me and my girlfriends?
ABSOLUTELY! And we would love to. Birthdays, bachelorettes, divorces, or 'just because', we want to celebrate it with you outside.
Should I tip my Girls Trip guide?
While not required, it is always appreciated :)
Do I need travel insurance?
It is recommended to purchase travel insurance, though not required.
What if I need to cancel my trip?
We understand that things happen and sometimes cancellations arise. To book your trip and hold your spot, we require a deposit, which is non-refundable.
If you cancel 60-90 days before the trip date, anything you have paid beyond your deposit will be refunded.
If you cancel 30-59 days before the trip, half of what you have paid, beyond the deposit, will be refunded
If you cancel 29 days before the trip, your payments are non-refundable.
How can I help The Girls Trip Adventure Co.?
Coming on a trip with us is the best way to support The Girls Trip, but other ways include following us on Facebook (The Girls Trip Adventure Co.) and Instagram (@thegirlstripadventureco), engaging with us on social media, tagging us in your travel photos, sharing our open trips, telling your girlfriends about us and our trips, purchasing merchandise, and leaving a review after your trip!