It’s been said that the “best laid plans…change” and so too will Walkabout’s travel plans for 2018. Due to changes in personal circumstances, tour leader Dan Haslam’s worldwide sabbatical plans have been altered. It appears that Walkabout will go back to offering week-long van trips for 2018, with summer “vacations” offered on Cape Cod, and the fall week-long van trips to national parks beginning around October. As details are developed and the Walkabout board approves new offerings for 2018, it’s best that you simply contact the office (if you have already done so, you’ll automatically receive travel updates) to add yourself to the interest list. Those on the list receive advance notice of our travels, with an opportunity to book once details become known. An e-blast will be sent to those who have email addresses on file at the Walkabout office and early details on any trips will be covered by the Walkablasts. Other trips may be offered by other leaders and day trips will be offered periodically during the year too.

If there are trips that you would enjoy going on in 2018, the office staff would enjoy hearing from you. Some of the trips that have been suggested for 2018 include a return to the San Juan Islands (Washington state), Colorado, Maine (Inn at Poland Springs), Fall Foliage in Vermont, (first week in Oct.), New Orleans & Louisiana, and the Great Lakes region. Some of the national parks tours and attractions being considered are Monticello & Charlottesville, VA, Great Smokey Mountains and Dollywood, Appalachian trail, and Texas Big Bend National Park. Also, the C&O Canal, Harper’s Ferry NP and nearby WVA (and possibly DC).

Most all of the above trips are likely to be air-van trips, which start and finish in San Diego. It is possible to book from a different city, with any upcharge in airfare reflected in your trip price. Where a 12-passenger van is used, only 10 passengers will be aboard. Where a 15-passenger van is utilized, only 13 passengers will be booked. Twelve passenger vans generally offer more flexibility with luggage constraints; occasionally luggage is provided to passengers on trips so that size requirements are met. Some airlines are now charging for carryon luggage, but allow a personal item to come aboard free of charge. In such circumstances you will be given the free luggage dimensions and shown how to pack to meet these, or else you can pay for carry on or checked baggage fees. Trips prices generally include round trip airfare, all ground (van) costs, double occupancy accommodations costs; two meals per day (typically a continental breakfast and main meal at lunch time) and the services of your tour leader and co-leader. Trip insurance is recommended, but not included. Most people find our meal plan, plus a dinner time snack (such as a cocktail party, or pizza night or ice cream night–often included) to be plenty of food. The amount of walking depends on the trip, but typically we have an early bird walk before breakfast (3 miles), our general walking event during the day (4 miles), and an afternoon or evening walk (2-3 miles) to round out the day. Walks are optional, and you can do as much as you wish. Endurance and difficulty levels are explained as part of a daily briefing and a detailed itinerary is provided before you travel. Many trips include picnic meals, which allows the trip food budget to encompass three meals per day. No one has returned hungry from a Walkabout trip. If you have questions about our trip program, you can contact Dan Haslam at danielbhaslam111@yahoo.com.