Frequently Asked Questions
Do I book my own flight?
Yes. Everyone needs to book their own flight. Read below for more info.
I’m new to traveling, is there someone who will help me book my flight?
Of course! We can make it a little less stressful for you. We have two options for you. (ok, 3)
We have a wonderful travel agent at your service to find you flights based on our itineraries. You can contact Barbara directly at Riverdale Travel: Barbara@riverdaletravel.com or 763-432-4377. Give her a holler and she will set you up with a great flight!
When you register with us we will offer you the option of sharing your email info with other women registered for the same trip. You can communicate with one another about the trip and possibly plan flights together if you are coming from the same area.
We sure don’t mind giving you some direction as well. Give us a shout anytime!
Is there a possibility to book flights together?
That is a definite possibility! We can share email information (only with your permission) among those who want to connect and possibly book flights together if you happen to be flying out of the same airport.
Covid-19 safety measures, where do we start?
During the 2021 travel year we will be following safety measures required on a state by state basis. As in all trips, we want everyone who travels with us to be safe and healthy. That said, we are asking that we all take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and others such as:
If you have underlying conditions that put you into the higher risk category, we strongly recommend that you do not travel at this time. Save up for next year!
If you have been in contact with anyone who has contracted Covid-19 or has symptoms related to Covid-19 in the past 10 days, we ask that you do not travel.
If you have any symptoms related to Covid-19 such as fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, etc. we ask that you do not travel.
We are asking all travelers to bring along their own hand sanitizer and/or wipes for extra safety. We will also provide a bottle of sanitizer in our vehicle(s).
Masks will be required to be worn in airports, on planes, and in any other public area required by law. We recommend bringing spare masks and, if possible, medical grade masks for best protection.
Travel at this time is a very personal choice. We want you to be comfortable and secure in your decision making process to choose what is best for you.
What if I have to back out because of Covid-19?
Many of you may be leery to sign up for a trip. Some of those fears may be due to the possibility of losing your deposit or trip payments if you end up getting sick or have to quarantine prior to or during the dates of the trip. We at Women on the GrOw always recommend purchasing travel insurance for just such a reason. Before making a travel insurance purchase, make sure you read the Covid-19 benefits of the plan. Most companies have updated their plans with benefits related specifically to Covid-19. A "Cancel For Any Reason" (CFAR) add-on to your policy adds a tad bit more expense but, for peace of mind, it gives you the opportunity to opt out of the trip with less financial loss. Here is an informative article on a CFAR add-on policy that explains the reasons to consider this bonus plan.
Travel insurance, do I really need it?
We highly recommend it. Both Allianz and Travel Guard are well known and reputable companies. Reasons to buy travel insurance. We have shared our input about trip insurance on our blog page as well if you'd like to read a little more before making a decision. For reviews and recommendations of some popular travel insurance companies visit reviews.com. They provide invaluable input and comparisons on numerous companies and their policies.
Medical insurance, what if I don’t have it?
All WOTG trip participants are required to have proof of medical insurance. The purchase of travel insurance (see above) can cover you for medical insurance and will also cover expenses that your own insurance (if you have your own plan) may not, such as medical evacuation and emergency services.
Do you offer single supplements?
There are two main reasons we do not offer single supplements on our Women on the GrOw trips.
First, we totally believe in community and that time spent together is a bonding and growing time as we share great conversation and wonderful accommodations with other like-minded travelers. Heck, if you’re on a WOTG trip, you have to be awesome, right?!
The second reason is that we try to do everything local and non-corporate. For that reason, we sometimes end up booking the entire B+B, hotel, or set of cabins because we rent from small locally owned businesses. Many times they may only have 5-6 rooms (yes, you always get your own bed). We think you’ll find it very warm and wonderful sharing a room. We hope you make a new best friend in the process! Roommates will be swapped with each new stay unless you request a specific roommate ahead of time for the entire trip.
That being said…
Can I request a specific roommate if I know someone going on the trip?
Can you give a description of what each trip level ranking means?
Yes! We'd be happy to! Since we consider them very important, let's tell you how we determine levels.
Level 1 - Getting out of the car, taking pictures, and walking under a mile is about it for me.
Level 2 - I can walk 2 miles at a steady pace with no breaks.
Level 3 - Walking 2-4 miles every day wouldn't be an issue for me. I exercise regularly.
Level 4 - I'm somewhat psycho about keeping in shape and exercise vigorously 3-5 times a week to keep fit and toned.
Level 5 - I AM psycho and live to keep fit and active all of the time! I can hike 8 miles or bike 30 miles without batting an eyelash.
How critical are the described physical fitness levels for each trip?
We try to give a pretty accurate description of the physical condition you must be in to participate in each trip. If you are not up to that ability physically, there’s always time to train. (Another way to “grow” even before you go!) We wouldn’t want your trip to be exhausting or disheartening because you have a hard time keeping up nor do we want to hold up the rest of the group if you aren’t at the fitness level described.
What if I’m not quite up to par physically as far as the trip requirements but I really want to go on the trip?
We recommend beginning a training regimen at the nearest gym or at home and setting goals. As the trip dates draw near and your physical fitness increases, sign up for the trip. Each trip has differing levels of fitness requirements. Pick one that’s more suited to your ability. No matter which one you choose, it is guaranteed to be memorable and beautiful!
What are the vehicle accommodations on trips?
We prefer 7 passenger vans or SUVs. 15 passenger vans are used as well.
How many women typically go on a trip?
It could be as few as 4 or as many as 12 (including your fearless leader/leaders) depending on the trip. We will never be more than 12 women. We want to feel like a family.
What if I’m the oldest/youngest in the group?
There always has to be an oldest or a youngest in the group! Age is all in the head! If you love to be active, enjoy the outdoors, appreciate hanging out with other amazing women, and relish seeing new places and faces, you are the same age as everyone else on the trip.
When meals are on our own, do we still eat together?
That is completely up to you. If you love your independence and prefer doing a meal on your own, go for it! If you love community and eating with someone, that’s an option as well. You’ll always have time to be alone or hang out with others. Go with your gut, literally!
How much spending money should I bring?
How much of a spender are you? Other than the meals that are not covered on the trip, once you are in our care, you shouldn’t have any extra expenses unless you choose the optional activities with added fees. Of course shopping, snacks, trinkets, coffees, drinks, etc. will add up if you enjoy those things.
I want to stay extra days after the trip is over. Will you help me find lodging?
We love to hear women saying they want to extend their adventure! We can inform you of our accommodations on the first and/or last night if you would like to extend your stay on either end. We’d be happy to send you the information/links to contact them.
What should I pack?
We will send you a “what to bring” list within about two months of the trip departure date. Looking up weather averages online for the destination beforehand is always helpful. We encourage layers, minimizing, and even trying to get it all in a carry on and a personal bag if you think you can. Make sure you check your airline requirements for these items. Less baggage less stress! You can always buy some unique clothing as you travel as part of your memory making. If you'd like to get an early start on packin' check out our WARM and COLD weather lists.