Dear guests and my fellow travelers,
As part of our effort to continue to responsibly operate without compromising on the safety and health of our guests and the team members, we now require all our guests to be fully vaccinated in order to travel with Sojourn. Also, as states, federal entities, and airlines get stricter with their health and medical requirements, we are increasingly concerned that traveling unvaccinated will cause unnecessary trip interruption.
It is important to note that there have not been any known cases of COVID transmission on any of our trips so far since we went back into operation in July of 2020 after a four-month pause. The positive feedback we have received from thousands of guests who traveled with us since then underscores our commitment to offering the best outdoor travel experience within a safe environment.
Please know, we are implementing the same vaccine mandates for all Sojourn employees, including our Trip leaders.
This was an incredibly difficult decision but keeping our guests and team safe has been my top priority since the day this pandemic struck.
Thank you all for staying safe and healthy!
See you in 2022.
Raja Mukherjee, President
Our 2022 departures are all ready to book! Whether you choose to stay in the United States, explore Canada in Summer or venture out across the pond to Europe and Asia in Fall and Winter, we are here to help you book your next dream adventure!
Traveling or not is your personal choice. It is, however, our responsibility to keep you fully updated if and once you choose to travel with us. As a guest booked on our trip, we will keep you posted continuously via emails, on factors driving our decisions for trips in 2022.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are requiring a proof of vaccination from guests. Please send your proof of vaccination with your departure date and trip name or reservation# to email@example.com.
Sojourn has always been a boutique small group travel company. We are striving to keep our average group size small and use multiple vans wherever possible. Also, your choice to join any group activity outside of riding, including meals or social gatherings, will be completely optional. We plan on working around your preferences.
Sojourn works only with the best partners in the hospitality business. The hotels, restaurants, and activity partners are working with us to make sure that the most up to date cleaning, sanitization, and social distancing protocols as per the CDC are being followed. We will also ensure that the standards are maintained on tour, as part of our pre-tour check in with the properties.
Sojourn office is currently on standby 24/7 for emergencies and will be available to offer support to guests and leaders alike. Please know that your trip leaders are fully vaccinated, trained in First Aid and CPR and are undergoing special training to provide support and maintain health, sanitization, and communication protocol as per CDC guidelines.
We strongly recommend guests bring face-covering, whether they’re face masks or bandanas, especially for social (distanced) interactions and while riding the shuttle or the van. Our leaders will do the same. We have hand sanitizers available at all times. However, it is always a good idea to bring a few travel packs of your own.
Depending on the group size, we plan on offering multiple vans to help reduce the maximum capacity and offer ample distancing options for every guest. When appropriate, we will add shuttles to provide flexibility for guests to start and end at different times.
Now more than ever, we are taking our cleaning standards to a whole new level. All our bikes, equipment, and gears will receive a deep cleaning at the end of every single day of the tour. This includes sanitization as per CDC guidelines. Our leaders will also clean and disinfect every exposed surface of the vans at the end of each day, with special attention to high touchpoints.
Food and the camaraderie during meals have always been an integral part of a Sojourn experience. This year, there will be all of that, but with flexibility and options to dine as you wish. We are limiting table sizes and giving you the option to choose what makes you comfortable. Our leaders, known for presenting one of the best picnic lunches in the industry, are well trained in food handling safety. Now they are keeping additional CDC and WHO guidelines and training in mind while preparing food.