Right now, more than ever, should you consider traveling under the umbrella of a tour operator, who is financially protected and has reliable and influential ground operators to get you out of trouble, if need be. For fear of bragging we had no stranded volunteers on our watch - all due to the inside knowledge and nibble logistics of our influential ground teams. We will be forever grateful. One team may have taken a 36 hour bus ride to beat a closing border but they made it before the world at large knew there was a problem. Mission accomplished.
As for the "other side" - it will come but it will be different in mindset and the concept of travel a definite privilege.
We have discussed travel's future landscape with leading travel journalists and other tour operators who agree with our gut feelings that we will travel long haul again, sooner than we think, and there will be an increased demand for responsible travel options.
Globally we are seeing a pent-up demand but there will be a squeeze, a ‘race for a place’ as there will be less supply, for obvious reasons, sadly. A response to this will be crafty, opportunistic scams to satisfy the demand. Alarm bells ringing... which brings us back to the due diligence which will be required before anyone hops on a plane -
So get yourself on our Wish to Leap list, and let us take care of your safety and help you navigate the new travel laws and regulations.
View it as a Leap VIP travel card which will give you access to:
Post covid-19 lock down we will need to complete a new risk assessment on each program. One of the key questions we need to know is how do the local communities feel? Do they want us back or are they fearful of us?
You will be on our radar and will receive country updates before anyone else so you can have first choice of program and departure date, if we need to make changes to chase open borders
We will take care of the minefield of new laws and regulations for flights,insurance and airport transfers - we will guide you through the new "norm".
You will be able to change dates and programs to take advantage of which countries open up first.
When COVID-19 struck and our Leapers were across the globe, we were
right there to safely evacuate each Leaper back home in the quickest way
possible while working alongside families throughout.
The Leap HQ and our partners overseas are on standby 24/7 to support you, your families whilst you are overseas, resolving issues as and when they occur.
We arrange our own safe transport, ensure Leap accommodation is checked for fire exits and safety etc, prepare hygienic and nourishing meals, provide clean drinking water and crucially choose professional, qualified staff who are with you to look after you and keep you happy, busy and healthy.
You have the confidence that as members of both the Year Out Group and the American Gap Year Association, we provide the gold standard for safety accreditation, in order to be members of both we have to produce detailed risk assessment, safety and activity audits, financial protection, client feedback and insurance that comply with BS8848 trading standards covering expeditions and volunteering.
When you book a program with The Leap you are starting a relationship with a small family owned company that really cares about each person’s outcome. We have been operating since 2002 and sent over 4000 people, so our friendly staff, who regularly visit the countries we operate in, can guide and advise you.
Post covid-18 there is going to be a minefield of new laws and regulations regarding flights, insurance and airport transfers, so brace yourself. We will guide you through the new "norm" so all you need to do is read and react to our travel and safety advice in your My Leap account and get yourselves to the airport.
We focus on building a Leap team, so you have like minded people of
your age to enjoy the experience with (ensuring you have friends for
life to socialize and travel with afterwards). Also - right now there is safety in numbers.