Last update: 8 January 2021
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crises, we have made the decision to postpone all our proposed international walking holidays untill 2022.
Despite the release of vaccines in the UK and the USA, and the impending release of a vaccine here in Australia, we do not believe that international travel will safely resume until at least the start of 2022.
It will take a long time for the vaccinations to be carried out in Australia, and probably a lot longer for vaccination programs to be completed in more populated countries around the world.
Despite our desire to resume the international travel that has allowed us to experience some of the great customs and cultures from around the world, we do not feel comfortable promoting any trips that may put our clients, and ourselves in potential danger.
If the situation changes for the better in the not too distant future we will reassess our plans.
We have changed the position of all proposed trips on our Adventures page to reflect the dates when these trips would normally run and we do hope that 2022 will see us all feeling comfortable with overseas travel.
In the meantime, stay well, stay safe and watch our website for updates to our travel plans.
John and Lyn
Updated 7 September 2020
Despite the most optimistic predictions about the release of an effective vaccine and treatment for Covid19, we do not believe that international travel will resume until at least the middle of 2021.
We have rescheduled all our destinations to what we believe is the best possible scenario.
That would leave the Caribbean, Norway, Morocco, Portugal and Andalusia as tentative departures in 2021 with everything else shifted to 2022.
Most people like to book holidays well in advance so we’ll just wait and see what shape the world is in by the end of the year.
If you’d like to be added to our mailing list to keep up with date changes, or to see what we are offering, just use our Contact Form to send us your details.
Happy travel planning
John and Lyn
Unfortunately, there is still no certainty about just when the Coronavirus will be contained, or when a vaccine or at least a treatment will be available.
However, we are still working on the premise that we may be able to run at least some of our trips in the second half of 2021.
We will continue to liaise with our international operators and notify everyone who has expressed interest in any of our adventure destinations.
In the meantime, watch this space!
John and Lyn
To all our Take A Walk travelling family.
The coronavirus situation is changing rapidly, and we have now taken the following actions.
- We have postponed all trips to Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean, Norway and Morocco for 2020.
- These trips will run again on approximately the same dates in 2021 - hopefully.
- Our position relating to the safety and well-being of all our travelling family has not changed.
We will not facilitate travel to an area where you are likely to be exposed to COVID-19 and will rely on the professional advice from WHO and DFAT before we commit to running trips.
- We are in regular contact with all our international operators and are working towards obtaining refunds or travel credits for all pre-paid trips. We will contact everyone personally who has existing bookings as the situation evolves.
In the meantime, all we can do is follow the appropriate guidelines, practice social distancing where possible, and look towards a future where we can all enjoy the fantastic experiences of adventure travel.
John and Lyn
Last daily update 17.3.20
Take A Walk Adventures is committed to the health and well-being of all our adventurers. We are actively monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we can offer the following advice.
The main areas of concern are mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea and we are not running trips to any of these destinations in 2020. To the best of our knowledge, none of our travellers have flights that are routed through these areas.
Again, to the best of our knowledge, no country has restricted entry to Australian citizens, travelling from Australia.
Take A Walk Adventures and our international operators will not facilitate travel to any country classified as Level 4 – Do Not Travel by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT).
Daily updates from DFAT can be found on the Smart Traveller website.
We are currently checking daily updates from DFAT relating to areas where we are running trips this year, ie Portugal, Spain, the Caribbean, Norway and Morocco and we are in regular contact with our local operators in every country to check current conditions and minimise the risk of infection.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have now declared the coronavirus a pandemic, however, the current travel warnings for the countries we are visiting have not changed since the coronavirus outbreak.
We will continue to actively monitor the situation but at this stage, we have had advice from our personal flight travel agent that flights to any of our destinations are not routed through Asia, Italy or Iran which further insulates against infection.
In the event of a cancellation or entry restriction that would impact on your travel plans, we will contact you to discuss the prospect of changing your dates, or helping you to find an alternate travel plan.
Unfortunately, travel insurance will probably not cover you for any cancellations or changes relating to COVID-19, as epidemics and viral outbreaks are not covered under most travel insurance policies, unless a Cancellation For Any Reason policy had been taken out prior to the outbreak of the virus.
All our scheduled trips are going ahead, unless there is a change in circumstances to the point where DFAT changes their travel warning to ‘Do Not Travel’, OR, a severe outbreak in Australia causes travel restrictions on Australian travellers entering any of the countries where we have scheduled trips. We are currently discussing the options for rescheduling trips to any countries where the travel warning changes to Do Not Travel and we will be updating the advice on our website if, or when it happens.
Signs and Symptoms
All people travelling overseas within the next few months should be aware of the signs and symptoms of coronavirus, as well as the accepted methods of minimising the risk of infection.
Their published, accepted methods of minimising the risk of infection are:
- If you come into contact with any animals or animal products, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you have thoroughly sanitised your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
- Avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact), especially if they are sick.
- Monitor your health closely. If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath), you should arrange to see a doctor for an urgent assessment.
- You do not need to wear a face mask if you are well. Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who are infected with coronavirus from spreading it to others. However, if you are travelling in an affected country, you must follow the advice of local authorities.
For additional information, you could check the professional travel advice from Dr Deb – The Travel Doctor.