FAQ

  1. Are WanderTours the same as Wanderlust and Lipstick tours?
  2. How do your tours practice sustainable travel?
  3. How is WanderTours different than other tour companies?
  4. What sort of person joins a WanderTour?
  5. What’s Passports with Purpose?
  6. What’s the WanderTours Giving Program?
  7. What’s included in a WanderTour?
  8. Who leads your tours?
  9. Why a single supplement?
  10. Why do your tours focus on just a few destinations?
Are WanderTours the same as Wanderlust and Lipstick tours?

WanderTours is simply an extension of the Wanderlust and Lipstick brand. The company grew based on the increasing demand for both women-only and co-ed tours.

The majority of our tours are women-only but we offer at least a couple of tours/year that are co-ed. These are usually to Bhutan and Papau New Guinea.

The tours are conducted similarly, whether it's a women-only or co-ed trip. They all include culturally-rich experiences with high quality guides.

We provide lots of information to our participants - from your initial inquiry and registration, right on through departure time. You'll be thrilled with how communicative we are. We want you to feel comfortable, relaxed and confident that you are in good hands!

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How do your tours practice sustainable travel?

Travel inherently is not a sustainable activity but we do our best to not only minimize our impact on the environment but also on the communities we visit.

We encourage all participants to limit the bottled water they purchase and, instead, carry their own water purifier (such as one by SteriPEN). We educate our participants about local communities, endangered tribal groups and instill the importance of respecting the cultures we interact with.

All of our international tours incorporate some aspect of the WanderTours Giving Program in which we donate money to fund a project or program in the country we are visiting. Participants usually have a chance to visit the project or program and see the positive influence of their visit and dollars.

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How is WanderTours different than other tour companies?

We are a boutique tour company that specializes in just a handful of destinations. We run small group tours in order to have less of an impact on the communities we visit and so that we're able to meet the needs of each participant.

WanderTours are created to dive deep into a culture. All tours include special elements that you won’t find from most other tour companies. Examples include: private musical performances from world-renowned artists in Varanasi, India; hands-on cooking classes in Bhutan; homestays in tribal villages in Vietnam; a private meeting with a Vietnamese war correspondent in Saigon; and dinners with local families at many destinations.

Participants are "introduced" to each other in advance via a special newsletter so that everyone can get to know each other prior to landing at your destination. We have found that this brings a level of comfort and familiarity to the group from Day 1.

We strive to make participants as comfortable with the process and as excited about the destination as we are - from your initial inquiry and registration through the last day of the tour. If you have special needs, we do our best to accommodate your requests.

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What sort of person joins a WanderTour?

WanderTour participants are interested in joining a small group so as to have a safe environment in which to travel while meeting like-minded travelers without having to do all the research and logistical work to create a full and meaningful trip for themselves.

The women-only tours attract a wide range of travelers - from twenty-somethings to sixty-somethings (and beyond!). We've had mother/daughter duos, small groups of friends and, of course, many solo travelers.

The co-ed tours to Bhutan and Papua New Guinea usually include solo travelers, friends and, on occasion, couples.

Whether you're single, divorced, widowed or have a partner or spouse who doesn't like to travel - we welcome you!

WanderTours are open to travelers from around the world. In addition to the U.S., past participants have come from many countries including the U.K., Australia, Canada and Switzerland.

If you have a specific interest at a given destination, we do our best to accommodate this. For example, we might be able to arrange special cooking classes, massages or meetings with experts in your field of interest. Sometimes there is an additional cost for this but you’ll always know in advance.

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What’s Passports with Purpose?

Passports with Purpose is the travel bloggers fundraiser for which Beth is a co-founder. This yearly event raises funds for organizations around the world and was created in order to provide travelers and others in the travel business with an outlet to help those in need.

Past programs for which Passports with Purpose has raised funds include:

2012 - 5 waters wells in Haiti ($110,000)
2011 - 2 libraries in Zambia ($90,000)
2010 - LAFTI with the building of a village in South India ($64,000)
2009 - American Assistance in Cambodia with the building of the Passports School in rural Cambodia ($32,00)
2008 - Heifer International ($7,500)

Please contact Beth if you'd like more information about PwP or would like to donate: beth (at) wandertours (dot) com

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What’s the WanderTours Giving Program?
All of our international tours include a project or program that we support at the destinations we visit. This includes: building water tanks in remote areas of Papua New Guinea; paying for and serving lunch to 200 nuns at a nunnery in Myanmar; providing funds to a home for the elderly in Varanasi, India; helping orphans in Cambodia; supporting a charitable organization in Vietnam that helps families become self sufficient; and donating money to a nunnery in Bhutan.

A small portion of each tour cost is donated to these programs and the amount varies depending upon the program or project. There is no additional cost to tour participants but you can feel good knowing that you are helping support these communities!

We are currently applying for non-profit 501(c)3 status so that funds donated may be taken as a tax deduction.

Funds donated through the WanderWorld Foundation will usually go directly to the local non-profit but ultimately funds are distributed at our discretion.

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What’s included in a WanderTour?
Most expenses are covered on all tours with the exception of international airfare, some meals, souvenirs and drinks. Each tour explicitly outlines what is and isn’t included.

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Who leads your tours?

Depending on the destination, your WanderTours escort will be either Beth Whitman or Joslin Fritz. On occasion we offer tours, such as a photography trip, that is led by a guide with specialized knowledge in a particular area of interest.

What sets us apart from other tour companies is that not only do our tours include local English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about that country’s sights, history, religion and culture but we include a WanderTours escort who helps bridge the gap between you and the local culture.

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Why a single supplement?
Hotel costs are based on double occupancy.

When we determine per person costs on a tour, we split the cost of the hotel in half and then add in the other costs - food, transportation, activities, entrance fees, guides, etc. Therefore, each person's tour cost is calculated based on half of that double occupancy rate.

When a person requests a single room, the other half of the double occupancy must be paid by someone. And if not a second tour participant, then by the person who has requested the single room.

 

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Why do your tours focus on just a few destinations?

While we would love to include a wider range of destinations, these locations have been personally selected by Beth and are ones in which she has a strong personal connection.

Future possible destinations include a tribal tour through Southeast Asia, touring the Amazon rainforest and culinary tours to New Orleans and Kauai.

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