What kind of trips does Rogue Expeditions offer?
The best way to describe it is "adventure travel for runners!" We create 5-10 day small group trips in amazing places, allowing participants to enjoy a brand new run each day while also diving into the culture, food and history of the area that they are visiting. Each trip features an expert (and fun!) team of guides and local logistical support who take care of every detail, from the incredible meals featuring local cuisine and unique accommodation to the route selection and daily run organization. Run routes are designed to offer flexible distances which means that all - and we mean all! - ability levels are welcome.
How far do I have to be able to run?
There is no set requirement for most trips, but we recommend that you be comfortable with daily running, or at least walking, for the best experience (note: most people don't run every day at home, but they have no problem doing so for a week long trip. When it's your only responsibility and when there is something new to see every day, you'll be amazed at what you can do!). Many runs will take place en route to the next destination, and vehicle support is often available should you be ready for a break. Other runs will be set up as out/back routes, and you can self-select your distance. The maximum daily distances vary depending upon the specific trip, but we can generally accommodate everyone, no matter how far they want to go. Rest days and long run days are built in, and you are always welcome to take another day off if you choose - this is your runcation! The only exception are our Endurance Adventure trips (Morocco & Ireland), in which participants are expected to take on the full distance each day.
What sort of terrain will we be running on?
The terrain varies drastically by destination, but we aim to keep all of our runs enjoyable, avoiding extremely technical footing and high-traffic areas. You'll often see pavement, dirt roads & trail all within the same trip. See the trip-specific FAQs for more details.
What will we do when we aren’t running?
When we aren’t running, we have plenty to see and do! There will often be a significant amount of drive time, with well-timed breaks and photo stops. Some trips incorporate activities like rafting, river tubing or yoga. Each trip incorporates plenty of sight-seeing, cultural immersion and educational experiences, and the evenings are full of indulgent dinners, story-swapping and plenty of relaxation time.
What are the hotels like?
Accommodation style varies by destination, but all are clean, comfortable, unique and offer top-notch hospitality. We choose family-run establishments whenever possible to help support local economies and to ensure a memorable, culturally-rich stay. Some trips include stays in private houses or cabins – see trip-specific FAQs for more details.
Can my non-runner spouse/friend come too?
The answer is nearly always yes! Though it will mean more time spent in a vehicle, the panoramas along the way can entertain for days, and only a relatively small portion of each day will be spent on the run. They will still get to enjoy plenty of sightseeing, cultural immersion and relaxation (as long as they don’t mind hanging out with a group of runners!). They are also welcome and encouraged to walk or hike during the run portions of the day. If you have a non-runner interested in joining, get in touch and we can make sure that the trip is a good fit.
What if I’m traveling alone?
Solo travelers are welcome and make up the majority of our clients on Rogue Expeditions trips! Within the first few hours you'll feel as though you've known the others for years. Rates are based on double-occupancy, though private room upgrades are available for many trips. Otherwise, we will place you with a same-sex roommate prior to departure and yes, we do our best to pick the best match.
What is included in the trip cost?
All trip prices are in US dollars and include pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, meals/snacks, water, in-country transportation, drivers, all applicable sightseeing expenses & extra activities, experienced guides, organized, supported runs and a Rogue Expeditions shirt. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave! Please see trip-specific details for an exact breakdown.
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
Trip prices do not include international flights, alcohol, tips, travel insurance, visas (if applicable) or personal purchases. Please see trip-specific details for an exact breakdown.
Why don’t you include the flight?
We have runners coming from many different places all over the world, and many who want to arrive early and/or stay longer for additional travels. We provide plenty of guidance when it comes to booking your flight, but ultimately it's best for everyone when you control your own arrival and departure plans.
What sort of food will we be eating?
Food will vary by destination, but all trips feature local cuisine. We put an emphasis on healthy, fresh, filling meals & snacks and always see to it that no one goes hungry! Special diets can be accommodated. See trip-specific FAQs for more details.
What should I pack?
This will also vary by destination, but packing light is always encouraged! A detailed packing list is provided to all participants well before departure for each trip.
What are the tipping customs?
For international trips, tipping customs vary by country. We provide specific guidance when possible and take a group collection when it comes to the local team (drivers, cooks, etc) involved with your trip, while tips for Rogue Expeditions trip leaders are at your discretion. In the US, our Rogue Expeditions guides handle all aspects of the trip (cooking, cleaning, driving, etc) and while tips are not expected, they are very much appreciated from those who enjoy their experience.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips.
If you cancel:
Within 30 days of signup: Full refund (if you pay by credit card we retain a 2.9% processing fee each way)
90+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
61-90 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, your deposit is non-refundable.
Can I switch to another trip?
If you wish to transfer your deposit from one trip to another you must notify us at least 90 days prior to your original departure date. A fee of $150 per person will apply and will be deducted from your original deposit. If you notify us less than 90 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Deposit transfers may only be made once, and must be made to another trip departing within 12 months of your original departure date.
How do I sign up for a trip?
Visit the page for the trip that you are interested in for full details and a button that will direct you to sign up. All trips have a limited number of spots, and a deposit secures one for you. Information on due dates for both deposits and balances can be found on each trip page. Check out this blog post for a quick read on what to expect when you register.