Frequently asked questions


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About us


Who is 'OUT Adventures'? Where are you located?
Who are your leaders?
How do you stack up against your competition?
The cost of LGBT travel
Are you affiliated with any other company?

About our trips


How active are your trips?
What about accommodation?
How many people are on your trips?
Are there men and women on your trips?
Are my meals included?
I’m travelling alone - is that okay?
What is the best time of the year to travel? What will the weather be like in my destination when I’m there?
I have special dietary requirements - will they be catered for?
What are optional activities?
Can I extend my trip at the beginning or end?
Can you help me get a visa?
What vaccinations should I get before my trip?

Booking with us


What happens if you don’t reach your minimum number of guests?
What’s the required deposit?
How can I pay?
Can you help me with my international airfare?
What about travel insurance?
Do I actually need travel insurance?



Who are you? Where are you located?


We are a lean, mean, gay travel machine! We are three avid travellers located in Toronto, Canada. But don’t let the fact that we’re Canucks deter you from choosing us. All of our trips begin in the country that you are travelling to. You can depart from anywhere in the world as long as you make it to our joining point hotel.

Who are your leaders?


Our leaders are the best of the best. We truly believe that you shouldn’t sacrifice quality just to have a gay or lesbian leader, although we have those too! But, you might find a really amazing straight man or woman leading our trips. Trust us, they are some of our best leaders around the world and we have travelled with each of them in order to ensure that they are the perfect fit. This means that you aren’t paying to have day leaders in addition to a head office representative. We want you to have a true local expert. Some of our competition might disagree on this one, but we stand firm, and think you (and your pocketbook) will appreciate the decision.

How do you stack up against your competition?


We think believe pretty well, considering we’d like to think we are of the fastest growing, small group gay tour operators out there. We offer competitive pricing, fabulous itineraries and great leaders. But, don’t take our word for it. Read through our testimonials to hear what our clients are saying. We should also mention that over 70% of our clients come back to us for second, third, fourth, fifth and even sixth trips. And we’ve only been around since 2009!

The Cost of LGBT Travel


"MANY OTHER GAY TRAVEL COMPANIES WE HAVE CONTACTED HAVE TOURS FAR MORE EXPENSIVE THAN YOUR OFFERINGS. WHAT'S THE CATCH?" - Joe, San Diego


There is no catch - OUT Adventures is not your average tour operator! You save on travel, because there is no "gay premium" attached to our trips.

Why hide away in expensive hotel rooms high above the streets when you can be at street level where the real action is? At OUT Adventures we can make the world and all of its adventures accessible to YOU.

By choosing OUT Adventures you save money through local experiences. You’ll stay at locally owned hotels, clean and friendly three-star accommodations or higher, and never at cookie-cutter chains. You'll travel with local guides who offer up local secrets and cultural insight. You'll support local craftsmen, eat at local restaurants, and skip all the tourist traps. And small group sizes means the footprint you leave behind is significantly minimized.

Travelers on OUT Adventures Tours are looking for a local experience with like-minded companions. We want to see the world from street level so we can immerse ourselves in the cultures and communities we visit on a face-to-face basis. We want to support local businesses everywhere we visit, and we want to make sure we are responsible in the way we do it - both environmentally and socially. On top of the best experience possible, these efforts also save you money!

Are you affiliated with any other company?


No. We are 100% independent, gay-owned and operated. Although we work with other companies, big and large, our trips are just that… ours! And every time you call us, you’ll speak to one of our small team of adventure specialists. This does mean that we have limited office hours, but wouldn’t you rather speak to one of us than a 24 hour representative trained to represent hundreds of trips?

How active are your trips?


How active do you want them to be? We hate when people answer a question with a question, but when the shoe fits, we like to wear it. Hiking boot, cross trainer or loafer - we’ve got you covered. By searching our tours by theme, you can find an itinerary as active - or inactive as you want.

What about accommodation?


We recognize that tents aren’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve found some luxury tented camps (check out our Tanzania Safari). Still not your style? Don’t worry. We have trips with nothing but 4-star hotels.

How many people are on your trips?


You can expect anywhere between 2 and 15 others on a trip with us. We guarantee some of our tours at only 2 guests, which means you can book your flights sooner, plan ahead and rest easy before your vacation. Our small ship trips might have more passengers, but we’ll let you know ahead of time.

What happens if you don’t reach your minimum number of guests?


At no later than 60 days prior to departure we will contact you to give you options. We won’t just pull the rug from under your feet. We’ll offer you the option for a customized private itinerary for the same dates, or allow you to transfer your deposit to another departure or trip. We’ll even throw 5% savings your way if you choose to keep your deposit with us. Alternately, we will refund your full deposit.

What’s the required deposit?


We require a minimum of $750 USD as a non-refundable deposit on all of our trips. If it’s a ship-based trip, it may be more. BUT, we try to be as flexible as possible. If you need to cancel anytime prior to 60 days to departure, and we haven’t purchased any services on your behalf, we’d be happy to transfer your payments to another trip for a fee of $250 USD.

Are there men and women on your trips?


Yes, however most of our guests are men. Ladies, if you’re out there, we welcome you. We love having you along on our tours. We are comfortable saying that our tours are for gay men and women, their friends and family.

How can I pay?


We accept VISA and Mastercard as instant payment, but can also accept personal cheques. If you’re willing to pay by cheque, we’ll put $50 towards your booking (total, not per person).

Can you help me with my international airfare?


Of course. And every now and then, we get a stellar deal! Don’t worry about transportation during a trip though – we’ve got that covered. We have a network of consolidators around the world to help book flights. We can also direct you to the most affordable solution so you’ll have more to spend on your OUT Adventure!

Are my meals included?


Some of your meals will be included. Typically we include breakfast daily (sometimes simple) with a scattering of other meals. Because our groups are quite small, and we know that everyone has different taste, we don’t include more than a few lunches and dinners unless we’re in a remote area. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose your meal, and even break away and enjoy some time on your own.

I’m travelling alone - is that okay?


Of course! Whether you are travelling by yourself or with other people, you are welcome to join us on any OUT Adventure. If you are travelling solo then we will match you up with another person of the same sex to be roommates for the trip. Want a bit more privacy? Most of our trips have a single supplement for a little extra – that way you can make sure you have your own room for the entire trip. And for the record, about half our travellers are flying solo!

What is the best time of the year to travel? What will the weather be like in my destination when I’m there?


We may not be Mother Nature, but we do our best to make sure you have the best weather when you are travelling. How? We only schedule our trips during the seasons that have the best weather in each destination. But rain or shine, there will always be options to make the most of your trip!

I have special dietary requirements - will they be catered for?


If you have a special dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking. We will try our hardest to accommodate your diet, but the nature of some destinations may make this a bit difficult. Talk to one of our adventure specialists about your dietary restrictions and they will recommend some of the best options for you.

What are optional activities?


Each trip has a range of optional activities that you can choose from during free time. We don’t include these in the itinerary so you have the choice of what you want to do – whether that is white water rafting or curling up at the pool with a book. The choice is completely yours!

Can I extend my trip at the beginning or end?


Yes - we even recommend it for most destinations! Many cities have hidden treasures that we don’t have time to visit, so a few extra nights will give you even more time to discover and explore. We also have great deals with our joining point and finishing point hotels to get you the best rates for any extra nights. Definitely look into arriving a few days before your trip starts, it gives you some extra time to get over jet lag and to explore!

Can you help me get a visa?


If you need a specific form or letter from us to apply for a visa, we’ve got you covered! For all other visa inquiries we recommend you contact the local embassy of the country you are visiting – they are the experts on visa details.

What vaccinations should I get before my trip?


Unfortunately we are not able to provide recommendations for vaccinations. Check the trip notes to see if there are any vaccination requirements to enter one of the countries you are travelling to. But for more information about precautionary vaccinations or medicine, it is best to contact your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

What about travel insurance?


Notice that we saved this question until the end? That’s because we believe you shouldn’t have to think about your safety and health while travelling. We include a fantastic travel insurance policy this is included in the price of your trip so you don’t need to worry about anything – leave that to us!

Do I actually need travel insurance?


Yes! Even if you have travelled without insurance before, every person travelling with OUT Adventures is required to have travel insurance. Why? Peace of mind for us AND for you. And remember, this is included in the price of your trip so you don’t need to worry about anything – leave the worrying up to us!