Historical - Hysterical UK "Plus" Tour 2019 - FAQs

Current Tour Estimate: $2999 Last checked on 11/5/2018 at 11:52:00 PM

How long is the tour?
What are the dates of the tour?
What is the itinerary?
How many people will be in the group?
Can a non-teller come?
How much will the tour cost?
Airfare:
Can I go EARLY or stay LONGER?
Currency - Exchange rate:
Food:
Tipping:
What will the accommodations be like?
Passport Info
Insurance
Climate
Clothing
Baggage
Phones, Tablets, Internet, electronics
What to bring
What NOT to bring

 

How long is the tour?
 

14 days on the ground (plus two days to travel to and from England/Dublin)

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What are the dates of the tour?
 

Proposed - May 11, 2018 - May 26, 2018

Leave USA on Saturday, May 11th - Arrive in Dublin the next day - Sunday, May 12th in the morning (about 13 hrs total travel time).

Leave from Dublin Sunday, May 26 - Or stay longer if you like (about 15 hours travel time).

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What is the itinerary?
 

Subject to change, The plan is to visit: Dublin, Edinburgh; Scotland; Canterbury; London; Salisbury; Stonehenge; Bristol; back to Dublin (subject to change) - Click here for the itinerary

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How many people will be in the group?
 

We would like to keep the group small, 8-12 people. This will allow us to travel as a group with ease.

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Can a non-teller come?
  Yes. Non-tellers, friends, spouses and partners are absolutely welcome to come and enjoy the experience, and will be encouraged (but not pressured) to participate in workshop activities.
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How much will the tour cost?
 

The current estimated total is listed at the top of this page. (*All pricing subject to change)
Use the calculater below to see the current exchange rate for Pounds (used in England) or Euros (used in Ireland)

NOTE: This is an estimate of what the entire trip will cost - PER PERSON.
Fees paid to me prior to the trip: $2000 (see below for payment schedule)
Costs on your own: Airfare, Food, Tips, Passport ($135) (Approx. $995 total - see below for more info)
 
The biggest expense while there, is impulse food, snacks and purchases (chotchkis) - the less you spend, the more you save All pricing and estimates here are listed as US Dollars (all English £ prices have been converted to US dollars)
 
*Pricing subject to change
Deposits and Payment Schedule 
Payment # Amount Due Date
1 - Non-refundable $400 on or before 12/1/18 holds your spot
2 $400 1/1/19
3 $400 2/1/19
4 $400 3/1/19
5 $400 4/1/19

 

 

 

 

 

This is a total of $2000 paid to me BEFORE the tour - This covers all accommodations, entry fees for scheduled attractions, train travel between cities, initial oyster card in London, Taxis or Ubers when necessary, Welcome Dinner, storytelling workshops/coaching, administrative and facilitation fees.

You are responsible for Airfare, Food, Tips (see below) and any other personal wants or needs.

 

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Airfare:
 

Airfares will be "on your own". The sooner you commit to the tour the better. Then you can check prices every day and wait for the best sale.

Airfares can run from $800 and UP depending on when and where you fly from and when you purchase your ticket. Fares can fluctuate greatly...and have even gone as low as $363! Often, these "low" fare sales can show up between December and february. and last only 24 hours. Checking every day is the best way to get a low price.

Latest fare check from Phoenix to Dublin: (as of 10/22/2018): $875

Do NOT pruchase insurance from the airline booking site. (see insurance below) I use www.momondo.com  

NOTE: When you do purchase your airline ticket, MAKE SURE you use the EXACT name you have on your passport!

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Can I go EARLY or stay LONGER?
  Yes you can, however you must make all early or longer arrangements yourself. Feel free to contact me for a better understanding of your options.
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Currency - Exchange rate:
 

Use the calculater below to see the current exchange rate for Pounds (used in England) or Euros (used in Ireland)

 
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Food:
 

All food is "on your own" Included in the tour price is a welcome dinner, Copntinental Breakfasts at the Canterbury, Salisbury and Dublin Hostels are included.  (Full breakfast is usually $6-$8)

We estimate food at $550 - $35/day (approx. $450-$550 for 14 days) - A conservative estimate is $420 Estimated food prices below - you can spend more OR less if you desire Full English Breakfast: One Egg, English Bacon (it's like ham), Sausage, Hash browns, Baked Beans, Tomato

Full Breakast $7
Smaller breakfast $4
Porridge (oatmeal) $2
Breakfast sandwich $5
Lunch: Jacket Potato (baked potato) & Drink - $6
Cornish Pasty (like a meat turnover) $8
An afternoon Cream Tea or Hot Chocolate with scones $8 - $12
Dinner: Curry plate; Roast chicken; Fish and chips $8-$15
Pastries at a bake shop: A chocolate croissant or a Pan aux raisin (possibly heaven on earth) $2-$3
Beer (pint) $4.5 on average.

Go minimal on breakfast and lunch...and GO CRAZY in the pubs at night!
*Yes... There are Starbucks all over! Coffee $4.5; Latte $6-$8

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Tipping:
 

Tipping in England is a bit different than it is in the States.

In a Pub, one generally does not tip the Barman (bartender) however, it is customary, if you have established a relationship and had a great time, to sometimes leave some change coins, and/or add a £1 on the bar and say, "...and one for you."

In most pubs, you order food at the bar and it is then brought to your table. There is no need to tip anyone. If a server/runner does an excellent job and does provide some extra service, like getting more of something, it is ok to leave 50p or £1 or 10%.

In a restaurant where there is a server who takes your order and does give more service, again, one may leave 10% or £1.

Taxi cabs usually expect 10% as a tip.

In a hotel, one does not typically tip the chambermaid, but one does tip if a porter carries a bag for you, about £1.

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What will the accommodations be like?
 

We will mostly be staying in youth hostels Youth Hostels have “dorm” rooms (6-12 people) and bunk beds.

Some dorm rooms are “ensuite” with toilets and showers in the room. Some dorm rooms have toilets and showers down the hall.

There may be options to upgrade to a 2 or 4 bed room at some hostels. These are all, clean and safe accommodations, but be aware that these are NOT four star hotels. This is traveling on a shoestring.

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Passport Info
 

You must have a current Passport. The cost is $135. It takes about 4-6 weeks to get your passport after submitting your application.

Most Post Offices accept applications, many FedEx offices also. It requires 2 standard photos.

For those with current passposts: your pasport must be good THROUGH AT LEAST NOVEMBER 0f 2019!

Here is a link to the passport info page. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/apply.html

YOU DO NOT NEED A VISA. NOTE: Passports should be kept ON YOUR PERSON at all times, in a zippered pocket or a passport holder around your neck UNDER YOUR SHIRT. Do NOT keep your passport in any luggage or daypack. If you forget your pack somewhere or it is stolen, you are out of luck!

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Insurance
 

Travel and Medical Insurance is INCLUDED in the tour. We use a separate company that covers medical and evacuation if necessary. (Also, most hospitals or ERs do not charge.)

You may purchase extra insurance if you want but I don't believe it is necessary.

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Climate
 

Like many places, the weather in England can change rapidly. The average temperature for May is low=45, high=65-70.

Rain is pretty much a constant way of life for the English. That being said, I have been there when the days were sunny and perfect, and I have been there when almost every day was rainy and cold.

Come prepared for rainy and chilly!

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Clothing
 

One word - LAYERS!

As the temperature and presence of rain can change in an instant, for warmth and comfort, layers are the way to go.

Two words - TRAVEL LIGHT! - Two more words - NO FASHIONISTAS!
TWO pairs of pants/slacks
THREE shirts/blouses
Undergarments - TWO to FOUR sets -
TWO to THREE pairs of socks

Find material that is LIGHTWEIGHT and will WASH and DRY quickly. These can be found at most camping and hiking stores. Find lightweight polypro, nylon or silk for undergarments. Silk is the best insulator. Polypro "wicks" moisture away from the body. 

The same goes for "sweaters" or pullovers. Polypro is the way to go as it is lighter and thinner. Do NOT bring BULKY sweaters or coats. They take up too much room.

Socks should be synthetic too as they will wash and dry easily. It is best to bring ONE lightweight jacket that is waterproof (with a hood is preferable). A good set of gloves keeps your hands warm when chilly.

Pants that have "zip off" legs that convert to shorts are great. Denim jeans are NOT great as they are not good insulators. Cotton or synthetic material for pants is the best. Again, these can be found at camping and hiking stores (and even thrift stores sometimes).

Most Hostels have laundry facilities, but one can also wash single items in a sink and dry with various methods of hangers, or wash in the sink and use the dryers for expediency. Or 2-3 people can combine stuff for one load of wash and dry.

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Baggage
 

NO SUITCASES - Backpacks Only
One medium size Backpack (30 - 40 litres)
ONE small to medium size DAYPACK - Collapsible, lightweight. (15-20 litres) 

This will be your main piece of luggage, carrying your clothes and toiletries. Make sure you can carry it comfortably between train stations and hotels. If your room is on the 2nd floor or higher, YOU will need to carry it, and often up the stairs if there is no elevator (lift). Keep this as SMALL and LIGHT as you can.

We will all bring backpacks on the plane (and it absolutely MUST fit in the overhead). This should only be as heavy as you feel you can carry on your back from the train station to the hotel (this will usually be less than a mile).

ONE small to medium size DAYPACK - Collapsible, lightweight. (15-20 litres) This will be your daily pack. Best if it is collabsable and fits IINSIDE your larger backpack. It should fit in the overhead, or under your seat on the plane. You will want to carry your daypack with you throughout the day. Why? You will want to carry several items with you as we will be gone from the hotel/hostel for most of each day. Jacket; gloves; sweater; tablet/laptop; all chargers/batteries, water bottle(s), snacks, band aids... ANYTHING YOU THINK YOU MAY NEED during the day.

If you buy something, put it in your pack. As the weather changes, you will add or delete layers to accommodate. (Some attractions, like the cathedrals, often require you to check any packs) Ladies, a large purse is not recommended. Small "clutch" purses. If you must carry a purse with a strap, make it as small as possible with a good, sturdy strap worn across your chest (NOT just over the shoulder) - or even carry it inside your daypack or fanny pack.

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Phones, Tablets, Internet, electronics
 
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What to bring
 
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What NOT to bring
 
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