Your Time Travels is the travel department of Gentle Living.
Why book with Your Time Travels (YTT)?
You should book with YTT if you want to work with a company that understands your passion for animals and that always has their welfare in mind. We provide you with meaningful and unique vacations that incorporate responsible activities for animals. Our trips celebrate animals while also providing you with fun sightseeing, adventure and cultural activities. You should book with YTT if you:
- Want to reconnect with nature/animals/wildlife.
- Want to see animals in the wild on safari.
- Want to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.
- Want an educational trip that teaches you about the country’s culture, history, victories and struggles.
- Want a meaningful unique vacation.
- Want to engage in fun sightseeing, adventure and cultural activities with local guides who are passionate about their country.
- Want to escape from the daily stress of life and be pampered in as much luxury as you want.
- Want to stay in beautiful hotels/lodges.
- Want a customized vacation catered to your specific interests and needs.
- Want a carefully planned and well organized itinerary.
- Want someone to take care of all bookings and tour arrangements for you so that you barely need to lift a finger.
- Want an unforgettable experience that’s more than just a vacation.
Planning a vacation can be so stressful, how does booking with YTT help alleviate that stress?
We take care of all of the research, vetting of trips, and bookings so that you don’t have to. You just tell us what kind of trip you’re looking for and we plan all of the details. We give you all of the information you’ll need to prepare for your trip. We answer all of your questions before, during and after your trip. We take the stress out of planning a vacation by doing all of the work for you.
Can YTT customize trips based on your preferences?
Yes, that’s exactly what we do. You tell us where you want to go (from the locations we are offering), when you want to go and what you want to get out of your trip. We then customize your trip based on your schedule, preferences and needs. You can leave whenever you want, our trips do not have specified departure dates (unless stated to the contrary).
How many people can go on these trips?
To use our customized trip planning services we require a minimum of two people. Please note that we are a boutique company and can only accommodate a limited amount of bookings per year. Priority will be given to group trips (4 or more people).
Do we accommodate vegetarians, vegans and other dietary restrictions?
Absolutely, after all, we are an animal friendly company. If you are staying in mobile camps on safari you will have a chef there to prepare your meals. Our guides will be well informed of your dietary needs and the chefs will prepare your food accordingly. Our guides also make sure that your other hotels/lodges on safari prepare boxed lunches suited to your dietary needs. Our guides understand the importance of dietary restrictions and take them very seriously.
You like the idea of seeing animals in the wild on safari but will you also get some pampering?
Of course, this is ultimately your vacation! You can stay in luxurious accommodations throughout your trip.
Are you required to purchase travel insurance?
Yes, travel insurance protects you in a variety of circumstances including the delay or cancelation of your trip, missed departures, medical expenses including emergency evacuation, repatriation expenses, damage/theft/loss of personal baggage, etc. Your insurance coverage should have no exclusions for the type of activities you are participating in during your trip or for the countries you are visiting during your trip. The travel insurance coverage provided automatically with various credit cards does not typically provide adequate coverage. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, we require that you sign a form acknowledging that it was offered to you and you choose not to purchase it.
How far in advance do you need to book?
For most trips, it’s sufficient to book 3 months in advance. This depends on the destination and the time of year. During peak season hotels and tour guides book up far in advance so we will do our best to accommodate you. For large groups of 10 people or more, trips should be booked at least 5 months in advance.
Can children participate in YTT trips?
Of course! But anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them.
Are international flights included in the cost of trips?
No, international flights are a separate cost. Domestic in country flights are generally included in the cost of the trips.
What are the passport and visa requirements?
You must carry a valid passport and have obtained the necessary visas required by the country you are traveling to. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the proper visas for your trip. YTT cannot be responsible if you are denied entry into a country for failing to comply with their entry requirements.
What vaccinations will you need?
It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary vaccinations and medical certificates that may be required for your trip. You must consult with a doctor to make this determination, we can only give you informal advice.
Will you be safe?
We take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety and only send you to areas with excellent track records for safety. However, nothing is guaranteed and there are always risks with travel, particularly to developing countries.
What if you get sick?
We, as well as our local guides, will do our best to give you the guidelines you need to minimize your risk of falling ill. As mentioned above, we also strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance that will cover your medical/emergency expenses in the event that you do get sick.
Will you be picked up and dropped off at all airports?
Yes, our guides will pick you up and transfer you to and from all airports, hotels and activities.