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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Globetrooper?
All of that information, and more, is right here: About
What do the ratings mean?
Ratings are applied to Trips and Trip Ideas. Refer to the explanations below when deciding on ratings for Trips you create. Keep in mind that Globetrooper is designed for adventurous pursuits and high ratings are reserved for the most intense Trips.
Our difficulty ratings represent the physical and mental strain on the average adventurous traveller. A trip with a low physical demand may still attract a high difficulty rating if it is mentally strenuous. This may occur in conflict zones or in areas of extreme remoteness.
As a guide, we rate the difficulty of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route as 2.5. This is a long trek, to almost 6000m, but most people can reach the summit with enough time for acclimatisation.
2. Culture Shock
Culture shock refers to the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, uncertainty, confusion, etc.) felt when people have to operate within a different and unknown culture. Our culture shock ratings are from the perspective of someone in the First World (developed countries).
Adventurous travellers welcome culture shock as it comes with the territory of exploring the globe. As a guide, we rate the culture shock of spending long periods in tribal outposts as 4.
It is difficult to understand the challenge of remoteness until you have spent time truly alone, far from civilisation. This naturally occurs in the Polar Regions, but also in mountains, under water, and in caves. The implication is that you are far from medical services, food and water.
As a guide, we rate the remoteness of travelling throughout the Polar Regions without nearby support as 5. Similar ratings apply to advanced mountaineering, diving and caving.
In the context of global travel, risk mostly concerns our health and safety. Our health and safety are most often put in jeopardy by geopolitical instability, epidemics of disease, and exposure to extreme climates and other dangers.
As a guide, we rate the combined health and safety risks of travelling without guides through Central Africa as 3 to 4. We also rate the risk of BASE jumping in remote regions as 4 to 5.
How do Globetrooper Trips work?
Globetrooper is a social travel platform. That means it's a tool for people to come together to travel with one another around the world.
In a practical sense, a Globetrooper Trip starts when someone has an idea for an adventure. That person creates a Globetrooper Trip with a handful of initial suggestions (dates, countries, itinerary, etc.)
Once a Trip is created, anyone may visit to read the details and decide if it's something they're interested in. If they are interested and want to discuss the Trip further, they must 'follow' the Trip.
After a user (aka Trooper) follows a Trip, they can post comments and questions on the home page for that Trip. The idea is that they can further gauge their suitability or interest and even help with planning.
The next step is to 'confirm' attendance. Once a Trooper confirms, they show a commitment to join the group for the agreed itinerary. At no point is the user legally required to travel; Globetrooper works on good faith.
The real Trip starts when the confirmed Troopers depart their home towns to meet at the agreed start point.
A Trooper (or Globetrooper) is another name for a user. We like to think that we, the Globetrooper Team, and all Globetroopers alike have a unique appreciation for global travel. Not just for recreation or leisure, but for educational and experiential purposes too.
The Globetrooper Team are driven by the notion that global travel builds awareness, awareness builds empathy, and empathy ultimately leads to action on global issues. So more than anything, Globetrooper is a project to get us all travelling so we think and act as one.
Is Globetrooper Safe?
Travelling with Strangers
We don't need to tell you that meeting strangers in a strange land requires some caution. But that's global travel. If you're not comfortable travelling overseas, then you certainly shouldn't use Globetrooper as a safety blanket.
With that said, you should also exercise caution with the people you meet on Globetrooper. The best risk mitigator is to travel with a group. But sometimes, the opportunity available is to meet a single person in a remote place. So let people know who you're travelling with and conduct as much due diligence as necessary to make you comfortable. If in doubt, simply don't meet that person.
If you ever feel in trouble, contact the local policing authority and when possible, contact Globetrooper so we can protect our community as much as viably possible.
It's important to note that Globetrooper does not accept liability for any actions of its community members. We provide this tool in good faith and we hope everyone respects that.
Take care, be alert, but don't forget to have fun, learn about other cultures, and put plans in place to make a lasting difference.
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