Traveler Conduct Policy

Traveler Conduct Policy

Traveling in a group offers the opportunity to learn about other travelers, cultures, thoughts, ideas and values. This is one of the many benefits of group travel.  Our goal at Clutch’d Passports is to make sure that each participant has an amazing experience but feel comfortable while doing so. We will not tolerate any disrespect of any kind.

Travel is about mutual understanding and respect between peoples and societies.

Respect people. Travelers are expected to respect others. This includes other travelers, Clutch’d Passports staff, third-party service providers and the local people and cultures in the destinations they visit.

When traveling, keep the following in mind:

 

Respect for others

  • Be aware of your own cultural values, biases, and how they impact your judgement of others.

  • You do not have to agree with the opinions or beliefs of others, but you must be respectful of them.

  • Do not enter another traveler’s room unless you are invited to do so.

  • Do not use another traveler’s belongings without their permission.

 

While in another country

  • Appreciate the culture of the land and its tradition

  • Be polite to the native people and appreciate their habits

  • Respect the diverse religious and social customs

  • Avoid trying to purchase or own things which are not legally permissible or might be protected

  • Avoid littering public places and ensure that waste is disposed only in bins earmarked for the purpose

 

Abusive behavior or violence. Clutch’d Passports can remove you from a tour immediately if we witness abusive or violent behavior or receive a report that you are behaving in an abusive or violent manner. This includes: using abusive, threatening, or offensive language towards others, uninvited physical contact, solicitation, harassment, vandalism, theft, violence, use of fake/false identification, underage drinking, providing alcohol to those under the allowed age, possession of illegal substances/items, or any other illegal or offensive conduct.

 

Illegal drugs and alcohol. Illegal drugs and Alcohol. Travelers are responsible for their actions at all times. Consuming alcohol in excess impairs your judgment and reduces your ability to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Travelers who choose to consume alcohol do so at their own risk. Excess alcohol consumption and abuse of drugs or other controlled substances, whether legal or illegal, that puts you, other travelers or Clutch’d Passports staff at risk is grounds for removal from a tour. Use and possession of illegal drugs and other illegal substances are prohibited. Travelers who abuse illegal substances are subject to arrest and prosecution under applicable laws and removal from their tour.

 

Safety and security. Travelers should immediately report any concerns about safety, security, or unsafe or illegal behavior to a Clutch’d Passports staff member. If you fail to immediately report these concerns this may delay our ability to respond to the situation.

 

Swimming and water safety. Water safety is important for swimmers of all abilities. Do not swim or participate in a water activity alone, after consuming alcohol, in an unattended area, or after sundown.

 

Do the right thing. Say NO to sexual tourism of any kind. Refuse to support any business or organization that utilizes child labor.

 

Respect places and cultures. You may be visiting sites that are holy or significant places within local culture. When visiting a place, please do not forget its primary purpose and respect its meaning to others who are present. Ask about and respect dress codes. Ensure that you have permission before taking photographs of people, and that it is appropriate to take photos in holy or significant places. Respect local communities and be mindful of noise levels, especially in residential areas and at night. Set an example for other travelers.

 

Consequences

 

If a traveler fails to adhere to this policy and we determine, at our discretion, that there is a concern regarding the well-being of others, Clutch’d Passports may remove the traveler from a tour immediately. Clutch’d Passports may also report incidents to local authorities and seek other legal action where appropriate.

 

Travelers removed from a tour for failure to adhere to this Traveler Conduct Policy are responsible for all costs related to their removal including accommodations and transportation home at their own expense. No refunds will be issued if you are removed from a tour because of a violation of this Traveler Conduct Policy.

AMENDMENT OF TRAVELER CONDUCT POLICY

 

AMENDMENT OF TRAVELER CONDUCT POLICY - Clutch'd Passports has the right to amend the traveler conduct policy whenever deemed necessary. (updated 1/20/2020)

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