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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby DanielBMe » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:49 am

chardonais wrote:I don't have a problem with having YOLO trips, however it seems as though the majority of the basic trips have turned into YOLO. I had many of these trips on my "to-do" list, but now will no longer be able to do because there is not a non-YOLO option with the same price/itinerary. If GAP wants to cater to the 18-39's, I don't think that should be at the expense of other travellors. Poor decision GAP!!



This is exactly how I feel. I was looking at Roam India or the Attacama Crossing, which are now both YOLO. At least maybe offer these same trips at the Standard basic service level. Just cause I'm older doesn't mean I want a more expensive comfort trip!

BTW in the GAP brochure it says YOLO is for 18-29yr olds, online they seem to have changed it to 18-39.
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby TravelFun » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:54 am

DanielBMe wrote:This is exactly how I feel. I was looking at Roam India or the Attacama Crossing, which are now both YOLO. At least maybe offer these same trips at the Standard basic service level. Just cause I'm older doesn't mean I want a more expensive comfort trip!

BTW in the GAP brochure it says YOLO is for 18-29yr olds, online they seem to have changed it to 18-39.


The same as happened to the 'In Search Of Iguassu - Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires (JRB)' trip which I was interested in!

I've requested my GAP brochures...hope they will come soon and thanks for stating the YOLO age group in the brochure. YOLO trips are for 18-39yr olds...I'll raise this with GAP.

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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby MitchN » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:30 pm

Zuleika wrote:
I would infact say the AVERAGE has always been around 35 years old not 25 - although I guess it may depend on the the trip and country.


Sorry, 30/35 whatever. Point is the average GAP traveler is probably within the YOLO age limit.
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby jimshu » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:24 pm

I think the problem some have outlined, of trips they were interested in being now offered as only YOLO,is a real concern.Particularly if it is cutting out a lot of intending travellers because of age.
Hopefully GAP will remedy this by offering the same at the previous Basic level.
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby chardonais » Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:52 am

Thanks Jim - it would be good to hear from CS.

One trip I was interested in was Siam Discovery - it is a combination of 2 trips, Southern Thailand Sojourn (YOLO) and Tribal Thailand (Classic). Does this mean that even though someone might choose a YOLO trip, they could have the dreaded 40+ crowd for half the trip (Tribal Thailand portion-Classic), but then the 40+ crowd gets kicked out for the remainder of the trip (Southern Sojourn YOLO)?

It does seem that the majority of YOLO trips are in South America and Asia - the "roam" trips.......
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby TravelFun » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:41 am

DanielBMe wrote:BTW in the GAP brochure it says YOLO is for 18-29yr olds, online they seem to have changed it to 18-39.


Hey, just got my GAP brochures today....yeahhhhh!

I have the Worldwide and the Expedition brochures for 2010 and have just checked the YOLO description in the Worldwide brochure. On page 21 it does state the following: 'our YOLO trips are designed for the 18 to 30 something traveller'.

DanielBMe, which brochure are you looking at?
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby DanielBMe » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:01 am

TravelFun wrote:
DanielBMe wrote:BTW in the GAP brochure it says YOLO is for 18-29yr olds, online they seem to have changed it to 18-39.


Hey, just got my GAP brochures today....yeahhhhh!

I have the Worldwide and the Expedition brochures for 2010 and have just checked the YOLO description in the Worldwide brochure. On page 21 it does state the following: 'our YOLO trips are designed for the 18 to 30 something traveller'.

DanielBMe, which brochure are you looking at?


Same brochures. Sorry 18-30 is correct. Online I thought it said 18-39 but it actually says for the 18-30 something but you must be under 39.

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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby djtekslave » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:02 pm

I'm 31, so I could definitely go for YOLO, but the way I like to travel is by being open minded and getting out of my routine. That includes meeting people from all age groups...

One good question to ask though is whether the 40+ are ''forbidden'' on a YOLO trip or if it's just a ''recommended or typical age group''. Maybe they do allow anyone on YOLO trips, but warn that they have been designed with a certain age group in mind ?
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby TravelFun » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:29 pm

djtekslave wrote:One good question to ask though is whether the 40+ are ''forbidden'' on a YOLO trip or if it's just a ''recommended or typical age group''. Maybe they do allow anyone on YOLO trips, but warn that they have been designed with a certain age group in mind ?


We 40+ are forbidden and will have to find alternatives :cry:
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:32 pm

I was just thinking that I could qualify for the YOLO trips by averaging my chronological age with my emotional age ... ;)
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:34 pm

Zuleika wrote:This not been the case on any of the trips I have done with GAP - I would infact say the AVERAGE has always been around 35 years old not 25 - although I guess it may depend on the the trip and country.


I think it depends on the trip. I've only been on 3 GAP trips (7 if you count each segment separately) but the average age on all of them was mid-20s. Barely into my 40s, I believe I was the oldest or next-to-oldest on all of them.
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby jimshu » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:02 pm

Yeah, know what you mean EWB.Wasn't so long ago there were plenty older than us!
But I am pleased to recount that on last GAP trip, someone else got the award for being the oldest skydiver,because everyone thought I was much younger than I am!HA!And my wife really stirs the pot by telling people that I do dye my hair when I don't!!!! :roll:

But with Yolo trips, I guess as time goes by, we'll get used to the change.And whilst in the interim, it may mean some trips are off limits for us, that as GAP grows, more trips will be added to replace them.
BTW I guess Customer Service must still be on hols?
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby flungmuk » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:15 pm

I'm thinking they probably wont enforce the age range.
Just warn you if you are over the avarage age.
I'm going to be on the MMC trip this April, its 90% paid for and a YOLO. I'll be turning 41 part way through the tour. No one said I can't go. :)
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby chardonais » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:26 am

MMC is a YOLO trip as well??!!! There goes another one off the list, sheesh!

Good luck flungmuk - hope they don't leave you behind if they discover "how old" you are... :roll:
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Re: Why YOLO trips?

Postby nikimarcotte » Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:17 pm

i must say i did GAP Essential China in oct 2009 and at 33 i was the oldest person in the group...including the tour guide...i was a bit surprised by that, but it was still an awesome tour, . i expect younger people in australia and europe, but not china. where as GAP indochina discovery tour in nov 2009 was a real mix of ages and that was good too. it is totally about the attitude of the individuals. i did contiki for europe and i was also the oldest on that, but other than a couple of obnoxious people who hated everything along the way except drinking, the other 46 people were awesome. so not always bad to travel with young people either, as long as you still qualify:)

i have many plans for future travels, so hopefully i still qualify for the tours i want to do when the time comes, that is definitely a worry. not many options for single travellers on finite travel schedules and budgets.
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