Hi, I'm booked on to this trip along with my Son. Anyone else going? It's the first one we've done so any hints, tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Clare, my name is Naomi, and I'm also going on this trip (on my own!) Where are you and your son from?
Hi - we're from Clavering in Essex. Where are you & have you done a trip like this before?
Hiya, yes, I went on a trip with Exodus to Rio February last year. This is a wildly different style trip, so I don't really have any tips lol. I'm a bit baffled with it all myself this time around. They were absolutely brilliant on the last trip though, so you and your son will be well looked after! Are you guys doing much training, or are you guys super fit anyway?
Not really training as such, I'm reasonably fit, I ride my horse 3-4 days a week & walk the dog everyday a fair distance. I've been breaking my boots in for a while so hopefully they won't give me too much grief. How about you?
Lol, I'm not fit at all, so I think I'm really gonna have to start doing something, otherwise it's seriously going to hurt!
Haha - good to hear that. I was worried everyone was going to be like racing snakes. Slow & steady - that's me.
Ha ha, absolutely not a racing snake! I'll be walking like I've got a broken arse by the end of it. Are you guys doing the X'ian extension after the wall?
Yeah, absolutely - same reason as you, crazy to go all that way and not see the warriors. Hey - if you're on facebook, you're more than welcome to add me - so you know what you're letting yourself in for by chatting to me lol. My email is email@example.com
Hiya - will catch you on there then
Hi Clare , Naomi and Clare's son !
My name is Anne and am booked on this trip too as a solo traveller . I went on the Inca trail last year which was brilliant - with exodus- really well loked after so am sure we will be fine . Any consolation i was last every day on the inca trail so will no doubt be last on this too - slow walker but its not a race its about taking your time and nobody made me feel bad for being slow . it seems they cater for us having plenty of time on the walking days . Yes i am booked on the xian extension too - agree too far to go to not do the whole thing ! Should be good . I guess you are flying out of London - maybe i am too ...booked it ages ago . I live in manchester so i know i am defo flying out of manchester
Hiya Anne (I hit the enter button and left a non message by mistake) oops.
I'm pretty sure we're flying out of Gatwick or Heathrow. It was actually booked through friends of mine who unfortunately now can't go due to ill health. They have very generously insisted that Jack & I go anyway as long as we bring back plenty of pic's. We are both really looking forward to it, however a week on a beach at the end would probably be a sensible thing to do to recover before coming back to work! - Finances & dreaded work do not allow for such luxuries tho' so, it's straight back to the grindstone for us. I'm trying to walk alot more to wear my boots in but there aren't many hills in Essex so I'll just have to wing it & hope. How about you - if you did the Inca trail you must be fairly fit anyway? Looking forward to meeting you.
Hi Clare ,
Your poor friends they must be gutted ! It is nice the can give the trip to you though! I would not say i am fit - i will probably find it hard but given that i managed in Inca trail , all but slowly , i feel confident that exodus will cater for our abilities and needs . At least China does not have the altitude that Peru had ! October will be here before we know it !
I've been reading your posts, as I'm looking at doing the Wall, but in October next year, as I'm meant to be going with my son when he's finished Uni - although now he's all loved up, I think I may be going it alone - bit scary. I do hope you'll follow up your trip with an update on here so I know what to expect, and I hope I will be able to chat to some people on here before I actually go too. I keep looking on the site, and at the forums, cos I can't wait for the departure dates to be posted so I can actually get it booked and feel like I'm actually going!
I've just noticed I've been missing out on a whole load of chat!!
Nice to have you onboard Annieb - are you going to travelling on your own too?
Hi Naomi ,
Yes i am travelling alone ! I dont think it really matters though as going through the pain together helps us bond very quickly and easily !! we will have fun and maybe a bit of pain !!!
Nooooooo - pain is not in the itinerary anywhere! wheelbarrows at dawn - Jack ferrying us all through the hardest parts (Wear the young ones out first). Bottle of gin in one hand, chocolate bar in the other - that's my plan, anyone else in?
I'm also booked on the trip and can't wait. I'm definately counting down the weeks now!
I just noticed at the top of this link it says departure is on 15th - I thought it was 14th..............confused
Hi everybody !
Indeed not long away now - time to seriously try and get fit ! Firstly - yes i am sure we eave on the 14th not the 15 th . I am wondering if anybody could give me the email of our contact person please . I recall we got an email about 10 days ago re trip notes and who to contact if we had questions . I am keen to read those trip notes as guess they will be more up to date that the ones on the site . Unfortunatly i cannot find the email - would someone be kind enough to put it on here her email or number . Thanks alot anne !
OMG am so excited. I got our visas through today - I was convinced I was going to have a problem with them. I found the forms a bit confusing (bit thick I'm afraid!) All seems to be in order so looking forward to meeting everyone on 14/15th x
Hey hey - yup, I agree, the Visa forms were a bit daunting and I was also convinced I'd do something wrong, or request the wrong dates lol.
So, is everyone all set to go? How much spending money are you guys taking? And are you taking it all in Chinese currency or taking dollars too?
i got my visa back today so all good and releived at that ! Should we take dollars instead of chinese currency ? I don't know . was thinking given the reviews to take 300 - 400 pounds - i am doing the extension though . Is anybody taking a sleeping back ? are you taking ruck sacks or normal bags ? as my message above would somebody mind posting the person who looks after us - email on here - email wer ecieved about 3 weeks ago . Thankyou ! Anne
I think I'm going to take only about £50 in chinese and about £450 in US dollars. I will be taking a sleeping beg but that's mostly because I'm a wuss as far as getting cold in the night goes. I'll be taking a small rucksack for the plane and while walking but will also have a small case so I don't have to carry everything all the time.
I'm sorry Annie - I haven't got the info you needed which is why I didn't reply before. If you ring the offices, I have spoken to Charlotte before, who is very helpful, so maybe that's the way to go?
3½ weeks and counting ..................................
See you all soon
thats really helpful thankyou ! unfortunately i ordered my chinese money last night !! are dollars better ?? I will contact the office then . they carry our stuff for us dont they whilst we are walking ? Not long left at all !
yes they do carry our stuff but I think we need to take anything with us we will need for the day, I'm thinking; water, snacks, tissues, plasters etc.
Claire - did Charlotte suggest you take mainly dollar or is something you wisely decided? x
I saw the following text in the trip notes and rightly or wrongly interpreted that it may be easier to take dollars?? I don't know to be honest, I have dithered around so much about it I just decided to make a decision & go with it - if it's wrong - hey ho - there's always river snail to eat!!!
"Cash - especially US dollars - is often slightly
easier to exchange than travellers' cheques, and can sometimes attract
a better rate of exchange. We do in any case recommend that you bring
a small amount of cash, preferably US$.
Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are quite
widely accepted in the larger cities in China, but not much elsewhere."
What are you taking?
Well, I'm thinking I'm gonna take a bit of Chinese, and then the rest in dollars, and then I can just exchange it as I need it. Once got caught on a trip having to rely on my cash cards, and none of the ATM machines accepted then - that was a bit daunting, so now I just take all money with me. Basically Clare, I'm just gonna copy you lol.
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