An outline of our unique travel experience
Our expeditions start on the designated date and it is your responsibility
to arrive within the designated time-frame and meet up with the
rest of the group. You must advise us of your arrival details at
least 30 days before the expedition starts. We strive to meet every
member of our team at the airport on the arrival date. It is of
course possible for you to use any means you prefer to travel, or
arrive earlier. It is also conceivable that you could join a tour
after the start date, but please note that the full expedition
participation fee will still be payable. Often, team members
decide to extend their sojourn after the "official" end
of the expedition in order to further explore parts of the country
or a particular aspect of it, a project made easier as they have
already become familiar with the destination and have in the meantime
become friends with other like-minded individuals from the group.
You may want to factor this potentiality into your travel plans,
if you have the time.
Our team stays in selected local accommodations according to availability.
A minimum standard of cleanliness can be expected in larger cities, but you
must be prepared for much more basic arrangements when we move off the beaten
We operate under a total immersion approach as far as our expedition needs
for food are concerned. This means that we will endeavour to introduce all members
immediately to the local cuisine, explain its -- sometimes significant -- historical
and cultural status, and assist them in learning to appreciate its nuances and
flavours. We favour local and traditional eating establishments, away from designated
tourist haunts, where you will find yourself sampling all the richness of Southeast
Asian culinary traditions. We would usually eat as a group in such restaurants
but, of course, you are free to stick to your special diet if you wish, or eat
wherever and whenever you choose.
Lectures & Study Material
End-of-the-Tether Expeditions are committed to maximising the learning experience
for each of our participants, and your expedition leaders will be passing along
their considerable knowledge about the culture and history of Southeast Asia
via formal lectures. You will also benefit from lectures given by local experts
on various topics of academic interest. Prior to each expedition, we prepare
a customised package of research materials and suggested supplementary readings,
and make this accessible online to confirmed expedition participants, in our
private 'Members Only' section.
We also provide you with comprehensive practical information on travelling in
the region, such as disease
The cost of participating in an End-of-the-Tether expedition is
normally around GBP 750 / USD 1,100. This fee covers all accommodation
and internal (overland) travel at the destination, all site and
museum admission charges, the daily lectures, guided tours and study
materials. Your participation fee does not
- Food: Our experience has shown this to be
the most convenient arrangement and it also helps to keep our costs down.
That said, very good food comes at really low prices in Southeast Asia so
you need not worry about this item in your budget. Given our anticipated travel
areas, you would be hard-pressed to spend more than GBP 7 / USD 10 per day
on meals, regardless of how much you eat!
- Flights: You are also responsible for your
flights to our destination. We advise you to shop around for the best fares
that will ensure your arrival on the day we begin. Do not forget your visas
and your inoculations!
- Insurance: It is an extremely prudent idea
to purchase travel insurance covering emergency medical costs, loss of baggage,
flight cancellation, etc. Check with your current medical insurance provider
to determine whether your benefits extend to foreign travels. The UK Foreign
& Commonwealth Office has a general discussion on the topic of Travel
Insurance. One source of insurance for travellers of any nationality is
One of the problems that package holidays create is that the tour
operators require the entire cost to be paid up front, and if you
must cancel your plans they do not give you a refund. At End-of-the-Tether
Expeditions we do not do this. We only ask you for a reservation
payment of GBP 200 / USD 300 payable by cheque to us, so as to secure
your position in the team. The balance is to be paid six weeks prior
to the expedition's scheduled commencement date. This
page provides further details on the legal terms of our expeditions.
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