Frequently Asked Questions Q.What is backpacking/backpacker and backpacking style trips? A. Backpacking is simply using a backpack as luggage instead of a suitcase. Over the years the trend continued and a travel niche called backpacker became popular. Often identified with the backpacker movement is traveling on a tight budget, using cheap lodging such as youth hostels and using cheap public transport; adventurous and spontaneous type of travel; and, traveling for an extended period of time. Many people still stereotype backpacking with young adults, however, backpacking can be for both young and old including familes. However, a degree of fitness is recommended since traveling backpacking style can be very demanding.
Q.Who and what is Grabba Backpack Travels? A. Grabba Backpack Travels (GBT) was founded by George W Harcus and its purpose is to offer an affordable and alternative way to travel in a group to adventurous destinations. Based on backpacking style trips, the philosophy of GBT is to remain economical by using some public transport; budget lodging and taking advantage of group rates on entrance fees and private transport etc. This style of travel also allows more freedom for the traveler and a more up-close experience of the people and culture.
Q. What is budget accommodation? A. Depending on the country and where you are in the country the hotel or hostel can vary greatly in price and quality. What a lot of travelers don't realize is you don't have to stay in expensive star rated hotels to have comfortable lodging. Obviously it will depend on what style of lodging you are use to, but many budget hotels and hostels offer very clean affordable alternatives to expensive star rated hotels. And sometimes the perks can be very surprising. Many budget hotels offer dormitory rooms (multiple beds in a room) and private rooms with attached and detached bathrooms (shared bathrooms) and can also include breakfast, along with generally more personal and friendly service and travel advice. Usually hotels and hostels that cater to backpackers have common rooms where you can relax and meet other fellow travelers. It can be a social highlight of a trip meeting new people in the common room and sometimes gaining new friends and traveling companions.
Q.What type of transportation is used? A. GBT uses a variety of public and private transport such as bus, train, ferry boats, mini vans and air travel. The use of public transport like buses and trains is twofold: It is very economical and offers an interesting insight into the daily lives of people. Although traveling by bus and train can be exciting it can also be very demanding and the schedules can be very restrictive. As a result, GBT also likes to use private transport like mini vans and commercial airlines, which often offers a more flexible and relaxing way to travel.
Q.Is International air travel to destination included in tour price. A. NO. Since many of our customers live in different parts of the world the cost of airfare to the destination would vary greatly from customer to customer and therefore it is not practical to include airfare in tour price.
Q. Does GBT charge a single supplement? A. No. Single people will be paired together. If the tour has an odd number of people the single person will be paired with the host and/ or guide. If the single person prefers to not share accommodation they will be responsible to pay the balance of the cost for a private room if there is a private room available.
Q. Does GBT arrange any travel documents. A. No. You are responsible for all travel documents such as visas, up-to-date passports, travel insurance and any vaccinations that may be suggested or required by the country of destination. GBT does not offer any medical advice, but strongly recommends consultation with a doctor.