During 2018 our chief tour leader, Dan Haslam, will be on sabbatical leave from Walkabout so he can travel around the world. The good news is that Dan is opening segments of his trip to Walkabouters who would like to join him as individuals or in small groups. Here’s how it will work: get on the interest list for Dan’s detailed itinerary by contacting the office with your email address. All reservations/confirmations, etc. will be handled by Dan via email. All payments will, as always, go through the Walkabout office. Peruse the itinerary for a segment of the world tour that interests you. You can provide your own airfare and “tack on” the segment to your independent itinerary, or your airline ticket can be purchased for you. Your segment price will be quoted to you in advance of your making any initial payments and will include being met at the airport or other point of arrival, your accommodations, and Dan’s services as your walk guide. Trip/travel insurance is a “must,” and all food and beverage charges (except those specifically included in your itinerary) are not included. Some ground transportation may be included, especially where there is small group involved.

Here’s an example of how this will work: you want to visit Barcelona and environs for a week and then walk along the Camino (religious pilgrimage walk) with Dan, staying in pensions along the way for another week. Dan meets you in Barcelona, tours you around the city and area and travels with you for the week along the Camino. That is your 2-week segment. Perhaps you want to add on another segment in Madrid. You’ll know in advance when the Barcelona trip begins and when the segment will end.

There are two more components to our Travels in 2018: you can book a summer vacation with Dan on Cape Cod, MA for one, two, or more weeks. You’ll fly to Boston, then a bus to Hyannis where Dan will meet you. You may stay in a vacation condo which he owns, or a hotel, and your tour will include trips around the Cape, a boat to either Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket (or both), and sunny weather and sand on the Atlantic Ocean.

By early October Dan leaves the Cape for a road trip across the U.S. with stops at national parks along the way, and walks in each. His schedule will include which parks and when, and you can fly in and join him for an in-depth exploration of your park(s) of choice. He’ll meet you at the local airport, and everything will be taken care of for you, just as we do on regular Walkabout tours.

Details are still being worked out at press time concerning the specific itinerary for the world tour. The “bucket list” includes travel from San Diego west around the world, with the final international stop in Ireland. Here are some of the countries to be visited: Australia, New Zealand (Jan into Feb); Vietnam, possibly China; Turkey, Greece, Italy (Venice & Rome); possibly S. Africa, St. Petersburg, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Madrid, Barcelona (Camino). These travels will occur over a 4-month period (Jan. through April, or into early May). Then Cape Cod May to October, then U.S. National Parks from Oct. into November.

If you love to travel, but hate to do the planning, this is the trip for you. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the walk! You’ll have access to Dan’s international cell phone number, and he will have computer access should you need that. You’ll have packing instructions and you can indicate the types of accommodations you prefer (e.g. hostel dorm rooms with shared baths, European hotels/pensions with hall baths, or the American model of private room with en suite baths). We may include a partial meal plan as part of your accommodations (e.g. bed and breakfast). Your trip segment price will include ground transportation (price subject to change if costs fluctuate). Sign up for details at the Walkabout office today!