Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose AMC Adventure Travel trips versus those offered by others?
Each trip is individually conceived and run by the trip leader who is passionate about creating a great experience for an active traveler.
A trips are run on a non-profit basis this keeps the initial trip price low. Also, all participant money not spent on the trip is returned to the participants. This is typically 5-15% of the initial trip price.
How long has the AMC been running Adventure Travel trips?
Adventure Travel (formally known as Major Excursions) has been running trips for over 40 years.
What are the volunteer trip leaders like?
All are fully qualified AMC chapter trip leaders who have, in addition, undergone substantial additional instruction and training before being allowed to lead adventure travel trips. All have wilderness first aid and CPR certification.
How do I apply for a trip?
You apply for a specific trip by contracting that leader directly. All trip listings contain the leader and, if applicable, co-leader name and contact information. The leader will be able to provide the application materials and answer questions about the specific trip.
How fit do I need to be?
All of the trips have some level of physical activity but the level of activity varies greatly from trip to trip. The trip prospectus will provide you with an idea of the activity level and the expected fitness level of the participants. The leader of the trip can answer more specifically for an individual trip.
Is travel insurance included?
All of our trip participants are provided with Medical & Evacuation insurance for the duration of the trip. We also encourage participants to purchase additional optional travel insurance to insure yourself against losing the investment you've made in your trip. This optional insurance can cover things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delays, baggage loss, medical expense and medical evacuation.
What is the typical group size?
One of the benefits of traveling with AMC is the small group sizes. A typical trip will have a leader and a co-leader and 10-16 participants.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Cancellation policies vary by trip. Depending on the date you cancel, you may receive a full refund, partial refund or no refund. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
Who are your fellow trip participants?
Our trips are open to all! Our participants share a passion and enthusiasm for outdoor recreation. Each trip is made up of a diverse group of people of different ages, backgrounds, nationalities and genders. Typical age range is 55-70 years old although we often have people younger and older on trips.
What if I have specific dietary restrictions?
We will do our best to accommodate trip participants with dietary restrictions. Since our trips run all over the world, often in remote locations, some dietary request are difficult to accommodate. Please speak with the trip leader for your specific trip about any dietary needs/requests.
Do trips include airfare?
Most of our trips do not include airfare to/from the destination, either international or domestic. There will be an estimated airfare listed. There are some that do include airfare which is clearly outlined in the trip cost.
What types of trips are there?
Activities include hiking, trekking, skiing, paddling, canoeing or cycling. The level of effort varies from moderate to strenuous. Many of the trips also include a cultural or environmental component.