2020 has been a very unusual year. We spent the first quarter of the year worrying about ourselves, our beloved ones, and all other people. We learned how to protect ourselves and the others around us. We created our own protocols of shopping and handling packaged goods, fresh vegetables, and fruits, etc. We locked down and remained calm and stayed at home if we were not obliged to do otherwise. Our lives changed suddenly and very radically.
As soon as, we figured out how to sustain our lives, we started to learn how to sustain our work and businesses. It was a long process. Hike’n Sail Travel is the only active member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) which has more than 1300 members in more than 100 countries. All of these tour operators collaborated with each other, local authorities, sharing opinions and best practices so that they could put together their re-opening protocols in order to provide the safest possible circumstances for their clients and their staff.
Your health has always been a priority on our trips, and so moving forward we’ll be implementing a guest pre-trip screening process based on new standard operating procedures developed among a number of companies within the outfitting world. This will include a temperature check and answering standard questions. Please understand that if you or a member of your household cannot meet the screening criteria, travel with us will not be possible.
Please download and fill this form and send it to us: H&S – Participant Acknowledgement of Risk
Maintaining Physical Distance
Small Group Sizes – Our group sizes will not exceed 10 if you are the members of the same household. Otherwise, we will reduce it to 7, there will be more space in the vans and on the boats, and everybody will have a window seat in the van.
Dining – We are making our meals as flexible as possible, providing options for larger or separate tables whenever we can, and dining al fresco if possible!
Choose to book privately – We strongly encourage you to travel with a group of friends and/or family. This seems to be the best option during the pandemic. H&S trips are extremely family-friendly and very flexible.
Slow Travel – We have started to design our itineraries to fit the slow travel principles even before COVID-19. We stay in small or remote places, plan to stay more than 1 night at each location, travel in the shoulder season, cover a small region, rather than traveling across the universe. This travel format is not only safer but also helps to absorb and enjoy the experience even better.
Cleaning & Sanitation
Additional precautions have been implemented to further clean and disinfect all surfaces of the various equipment we use, including kayaks, door handles, surfaces on vans, and boats. In the vans and onboard our staff will make the sanitizers for your use handy. We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer as well.
Bring a Face Covering
Bring your preferred face covering, and we’ll supply a few extras on the trip in case you forget. Medical masks are best and easy to carry. Cloth masks, buffs, etc. are all good options. You are obliged to wear masks in public in Turkey, also there will be times when they are required such as at an indoor orientation meeting or when using group transport.