WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND "COMUNA"?
"Comuna" is derived from Latin, and in many latin-speaking countries refers to small towns, rural villages or distinct communities where deep connections are formed amongst common people living together. We know that it is in these tight-knit communities where cultural identities are created, preserved and shared with others to tell a deeper story of people and place over time. It's from the universal human connection towards a sense of community that the mission of Comuna Travel is inspired by.
WHO ARE COMUNA TRAVEL TRIPS TAILORED TOWARDS?
The adventurous and curious creative spirit. You are open towards embracing a certain level of uncertainty and spontaneity while travelling. You want to take more away from your travels and connect with people and other cultures on a deeper level than what the surface experience of mass tourism allows. You could already be an intrepid traveler. Or, maybe someone who has never left your home country but with an inner desire to see more of the beautiful, complex and different parts of the world. You believe that the only way to travel is with a conscious and open mindset, and that by being welcomed into another culture you also hold a responsibility towards the way you engage with it that is respectful and sustainable. We will do our very best to guide you underneath a country's many layers. You'll feel sensory overload from the extreme beauty, the sometimes uncomfortable realities, the intoxicating rhythm, the inspiring creativity of young entrepreneurs and artists, and the wisdom of ancient communities and cultures. Mostly, you'll connect on a deeper level with the people and culture while having your perspectives deepened and challenged. You are a conscious traveler.
WHAT KINDS OF TRIPS DOES COMUNA TRAVEL PROVIDE?
We curate unique, local-first, sustainable and culturally immersive group travel experiences with the adventurous, creative and conscious traveler in mind. Our small groups are never more than 8 people per trip so that we can maintain an intimate and flexible travel experience for our like-minded travellers while also allowing our impact to be minimal on the local communities that welcome us. Our trips are tailored towards fostering deep human connections between our travellers and the locals we meet, as well as building empathy and understanding across cultures. We work with local experts in the destinations that we travel to and curate experiences around the inspiring work they are doing. Our itineraries support local creatives, entrepreneurs, artisans, musicians, guides, farmers, hosts, and anyone else inspiring us through their work. This not only provides our travellers with a unique and authentic way to experience a local culture, but it also allows us as a company to control where and how our tourism dollars are invested. Making sure that we support the local economic and social development of the places that we travel to is paramount to our ethos on travel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A COMUNA TRAVEL TRIP?
Please visit the "Destinations" tab in our main navigation to view individual destination itinerary details. Each trip itinerary can vary depending on the destination and the groups' collective interests.
ALL COMUNA TRAVEL TRIPS INCLUDE:
- Comuna guides and hosts
- Curated experiences and activities listed in trip itinerary
- Local ground transportation for experiences
- Internal flights where noted in your itinerary
- Some meals and alcohol where noted in your itinerary
- 24/7 concierge service from Comuna Travel before, during and after the trip.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A COMUNA TRAVEL TRIP?
COMUNA TRAVEL TRIPS DO NOT INCLUDE:
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Fees into and out of the country
- Baggage fees
- Most meals and alcohol unless noted in your itinerary that it will be provided.
HOW DO I BOOK A TRIP WITH COMUNA TRAVEL?
A non-refundable 40% deposit is required to book your trip. Full payment for the trip (the remaining balance) is due 30 days before departure. If you are booking within 30 days of departure, then the full trip amount is due at the time of booking.
BELOW IS OUR TRIP CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY:
- If cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to trip departure:
- The deposit payment is held by Comuna Travel
- If cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to trip departure:
- 100% of total booking cost, inclusive of deposit, is held by Comuna Travel
To protect you in the case of unforeseen events that may arise and lead to cancellation, we recommend that you take out an all-inclusive travel insurance policy.
WHAT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE FOR COMUNA TRAVEL TRIPS?
PASSPORT: A valid passport is mandatory for all international travel. It is your responsibility as a traveller to make sure that your passport is up to date ahead of departure. As a general rule, passports should have at least 6 months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least 6 months after the final day of travel.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Comuna Travel has a strict policy that requires all of our travellers to provide us with proof of medical travel insurance that covers at least $200,000 CAD prior to departure on all Comuna Travel trips. The travel insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, loss of or damage to luggage, flight cancellation and delays, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. It is your responsibility as a traveller to obtain your own travel insurance, however we are happy to provide you with our recommendations if needed.
VISAS: Some countries require you to obtain a visa, depending on the passport you are travelling with, in order to be allowed into the country. It is your responsibility as a traveller to make sure that you have obtained the necessary visa (if applicable). It is also your responsibility to cover any fees associated with obtaining a travel visa. We will however, let you know at the time of booking whether or not you will require a visa for the destination that you are travelling to.
ENTRANCE & EXIT FEES: Some countries also require you to pay an entrance or exit fee. It is your responsibility as a traveller to cover any entrance or exit feed (if applicable). We will however, let you know prior to departure whether it will be required.
DOES COMUNA TRAVEL PROVIDE CUSTOM ITINERARIES FOR PRIVATE TRAVEL?
Not yet. but we have big plans to add more exciting services as we grow. We are currently focused on growing our small group travel experiences that provide like-minded solo travellers the opportunity to become immersed in the culture of an offbeat destination on their own but within a group setting.
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