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FAQs for the Historical Hysterical Storytelling England Tour - 2022
(All information and listings subject to change


My number ONE goal for everyone on this tour is to HAVE FUN!

How long is the tour?
  14 days on the ground (plus two days to travel to and from England)
   
What are the dates of the tour?
  Proposed - May 13, 2022 - May 28, 2022
Leave USA on Friday, May 13th - Arrive in Dublin the next day - Wednesday, May 14th
Leave England Sunday, May 28 - Or stay longer if you like
   
What is the itinerary?
  The plan is to visit: London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Oxford & Dublin (subject to change) -
   
How many people will be in the group?
  We would like to keep the group small, 8-12 people. This will allow for ease of traveling, attendance at different attractions, and adequate attention for everyone in the workshop environment.
   
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.
   
How much will it cost?
 
The cost will vary - the current estimated total is approximately $3397
NOTE: This is an estimate of what the entire trip will cost - PER PERSON.
Fees paid to me prior to the trip: $2000 -
I will need a non-refundable deposit of $500 as soon as you decide to go on this tour.
Costs on your own: Airfare, Insurance, Food, Tips, Passport (Approx. $1400 - 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)
All pricing based on per person rates, double occupancy in hotels, dorm room bunk beds in hostels
Pricing may go up for a smaller group (4) or down if there are 10 or more in the group
   
 

A total of $2000 - This covers all accommodations, entry fees for scheduled attractions, train & air travel between UK cities, 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.
Should the trip be cancelled for other reasons (war, acts of god), participants will receive a full refund of all monies paid to me - less any NON-REFUNDABLE fees (hotel, airfare, etc.).
 
Airfare:
    Airfares will be "on your own".
    The sooner you commit to the tour the better. Prices will only go up.
    Airfares can run from $800 - $1500 depending on when and where you fly from, and when you purchase your ticket  
    I use www.momondo.com - Latest fare check from Phoenix to Dublin: $928
    CALL ME IF YOU WANT ME TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS AND GET THE SAME FLIGHT. 602-390-3858

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

 
What will the accommodations be like?
  We will be staying in some hotels (double occupancy).
There will be two 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.
 
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.

If you do not have a current passport, you need to order one ASAP and ask for it to be expidited. There is s small fee, but you can usually get it in 3-4 weeks

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

   
Insurance
 

Travel and Medical Insurance is REQUIRED.
It covers almost every medical emergency and evacuation if necessary. The cost is minimal: $39 - pay on your own.
More info to come.

   
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!
   
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.

   
Baggage
  NO SUITCASES - BACKPACKS ONLY!!!!!!!
 

One medium size Backpack (30 - 40 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. (10-20 litres)
This will be your daily pack. It should fit in the overhead, or under your seat on the plane.
Yes, you will want to carry this 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.

   

 

Coming Soon:

Phones, Tablets, Internet

What to bring

What NOT to bring

More information and specifics as we get closer to the actual dates.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me: 602-390-3858 - mark@storytellermark.com