We've had the pleasure of working with Further Afield to book a few trips for us over the years. Thier recommendatoins for vacation spots, resorts and hotels have been fantastic. Unfortunately, our trip to Florida was cancelled due to COVID-19; however, we were comforted by the great work Sandy did to proactively saty on top of the evolving changes improsed by the federal govenment and Disney due to the virus. We took comfort in Sandy's professionalism and openness to explore options we were considering to rebook or cancel. During a very difficult time for the travel industry, Sandy, was a pleasure to deal with. She was able to provide us with a full refund which we plan to use in the near future to book through Further Afield.
We highly recommend Sandy and the Further Afield Travel and Tours Team. We have used their services on 3 occasions now and they have been timely and professional all the way through.
But in mid March, we really needed their help as we found ourselves in Thailand when the Canadian government mandated all Canadians to come home. This was a very stressful situation as we were constantly monitoring what was going on in the world and at home and trying to decide if we could “shelter in place” or would indeed need to cut our trip short and scramble home. We communicated with Sandy a couple of times whilst trying to make the decision. A lot of this communication was over a weekend. Her knowledge and experience to guide us through all the what ifs was very helpful and so calming. She was so calm while we were not. Once the decision to head home ASAP was made, Sandy grabbed the wheel and made it happen. This, we know, took her hours to accomplish. She was professional and level headed and helped to keep us focused throughout the process. And once it was done, what a relief. She had gotten us a great flight plan with minimal financial impact to us.
In addition, prior to even leaving on our trip in mid Feb., we communicated with Sandy quite a bit trying to determine even if we should go or was the tour going ahead. We had a lot of questions. Before a big trip like that, we should have been excited but because of the world events, we were more anxious than excited. Sandy helped tremendously to put us in a frame of mind to enjoy the trip which we did until we had to come home.
We will be using Further Afield travel for our travel needs in the future. They are a gold mine of information and experience. And they are also extremely nice folks.
Bev and Jim
Prompt, Efficient and a Sense of Security. During this trying time, we want to thank Sandy at Further Afield Travel for all of her assistance with our travel needs.
While sadly we were unable to complete our travel, Sandy was prompt and efficient at resolving our travel related problems due to the Covid-19 outbreak. She cancelled our reservations and applied for refunds. We will continue to book future adventures with Sandy and her team at Further Afield Travel. She provided a much appreciated sense of security, being availalbe in an unexpected situation.
Once again, Thank you Sandy!!
Rob and Elaine F,
What an awesome trip we had to Ireland!
Every day was an adventure in amazing scenery, history and culture. We loved the diversity of the landscape from beautiful green rolling hills to the barren rough shores of Achill Island. The working sheepdog demonstration was a favourite as were the impressive Cliffs of Moher, the Ulster American Folk Park and of course the Irish entertainment. (planned and unplanned). The food and accommodations were top notch! (Dromoland Caslte was very impressive!)
We thoroughly enjoyed Joe's informative commentary regarding Ireland's history and the many stories he told with regards to the plight of the Irish people. He has also provded to be a very good vocalist (and was the real winner at Harvey's Point). Joe is a natural guide and has a welcomoing manner that puts guests at ease. He also maneuvers the coach with amazing skill...through city streets or down steep oceanside inclines, we all felt safe.
We appreciated your efforts as well Sandy, in making this tour interesting, fun and safe. The small group tour is a great way to travel and having access to such a comfortable coach is bonus. Our bus mates were a friendly and funny group who quickly bonded to share an amazing adventure.
We look forward to travelling with you again!
Joe and Audrey
Experiences exceeded all my expectations. A trip to Africa was one of my top three bucket list trips. I'm a single traveler. The package that Further Afield put together offered way more than I could have ever planned on my own and the experiences exceeded all of my expectations!
The accommodations were first class. While we were in Capteown we had our own private van and "Henry" who was an excellent guide. His knowledge and humour made the trip so pleasurable and entertaining. The itinerary gave us a chance to see all the different parts of Africa. We were given an opportunity to explore places on our own but we also had the comfort of being with the group. The safari experiences that we had at Kapama Lodge was superb! From the moment we landed we were icked up from the airport in our Jeep! We experienced a real Safari adventure! Riding around the property, off roading with our guides and trackers on the lookout for the animals and not ever seeing another Jeep! We saw so many animals! More than I could ever imagine. The drivers were very respectful of us and the animals. Everyone had an opportunity to get that perfect picture without disturbing the animals. Chobe lodge offered us a new angle because of the opportunity to go out on the Chobe River to see the animals coming down for a drink. The river offered us a chance to see hippos, alligators, herds of elephants! What an experience! There were times in the trip that individuals could chose an activity. I chose to go swimming with the sharks and I took a dip in the Devil's pool. Why not! I took advantage of an experience that is unique to Africa. Sandy was "Good Energy" and she was right there with us laughing and enjoying the trip, all the while she was taking care of the details and keeping us on schedule. The whole package delivered everything I was looking for! That's why I'm back booking more trips with Further Afield Travel".
Sandy told me the Africa trip would deliver lots of opportunity to see the wild animals. Boy did they deliver!
I saw baby elephants playing, a lioness with 4 cubs walked right by our jeep close enough to touch if you were that foolish, a male rhinoceros chargedd another group's jeep that came between it and his females.. The trip down to Cape of Good Hope was amazingly beautiful.
Ann P., Burlington, ON
Africa Small Group Tour
We could not have enjoyed our Africa trip more. We received a thorough and very useful pre-departure meeting, and Sandy was always available to answer any questions we had. Sandy also helped us add a few additional tours that made it a more personal experience for us. Accommodations were excellent and our day guides were both friendly and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour and we have already booked more travel with Further Afield.
Deiter G., Thornhill
My wife and I would like to thank you for the efficient manner in which you handled our request that your company take care of all the arrangements with regard to our upcoming visit to Cuba.
Your knowledge and expertise was certainly appreciated and if the resort at which we plan to stay is as accommodating as you, our first time in Cuba will be a huge success.
Colin and Doreen