F5 Escapes 101
So, you have been thinking about joining our women – only group trips & you can’t make up your mind yet. You have a million questions that haven’t been answered yet! At the end of this, if you still think we haven’t answered enough, talk to us directly on 080-39510700.
1. Why F5?
Why not F5 ??? For the ones who keep asking what exactly does F5 mean in F5 Escapes
F5 Escapes – it’s from F5 function key in the computer keyboard. And it function? No prizes for guessing here. It does ‘REFRESH’. We do the same too. We help you ‘Refresh’. We take you to nice places, make you experience nice things and help you interact with nice people. That will help you refresh. What do you think?
2. How can I be assured solo trips are safe?
Safety is an important concern. F5’s team is an all-women team. We personally visit and carefully handpick only those properties, where women are assured of safety. You will be staying in decent sized rooms along with 1 or 2 women, so you won’t feel unsafe or lonely. Every trip will be led by an F5-trained woman leader. We also have strict guidelines regarding departure/arrival timings and pick-up/drop-off points, in order to enable women to join us without apprehensions. Moreover, the truth is we humans tend to feel very safe when in groups.
3. How can f5 guarantee a good experience?
F5 trips are a great blend of must – see attractions & off – beat experiences. Even if we are planning for common destinations such as Pondicherry or Wayanad. we ensure that there is always some off-beat experiences in each trip. To find out what these off-beat experiences are, you will have to join us on of the trips & find out!
4. Are all the properties checked by f5?Can I be assured they are just like in the pictures?
Yes. We personally visit or carefully handpick only those properties based on recommendations by our close circles of women travellers, where women are assured of safety. While we don’t encourage sharing details of the accommodation ( Name of home stay, phone number etc) before one confirms for the trip, we will be happy to share latest pictures of the place.
5. I would like to customize a trip for me and my friends. Can F5 do it? How can I go ahead?
WE WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU PLAN A TRIP! Whether you wish to travel solo or with friends/family/group – we are here for you. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 080-39510700 to talk to one our team member & we will send you a form where you can let us know your requirement ( Place of your choice or if you want us to suggest, number of travelers & date of traveling, any other specifics). We will get in touch with you shortly to discuss more.
6. What are the important things to carry on each trip? What about clothes and footwear?
You need to carry
A huge smile.
Willingness to experience new places.
Acceptance to travel with fellow new travelers.
Apart from these, once you confirm to travel with F5, we will send a detailed list of packing items couple of weeks before the trip commences.
7. What details do I need to provide to confirm the trip?
You need to provide your email address, phone number to confirm & pay online for the trip of your choice.
8. Are trips physically demanding?
Traveling to high – altitude places such as Ladakh or Sikkim require you to be physically fit. Some tours have treks ( optional), walking around NGOs.
9. Does F5 have family trips?
No. There are fixed departure women group tours & mom – kid trips. If you wish to travel with your family, we can assist in planning a personalized trip.
10. How many people will be on my trip?
You can expect maximum of 8 – 12 fellow women travelers. There will be one tour lead from F5 on the trip as well.
11. Are there age restrictions on your trips?
No. We try to design our experiences to maximize the fun for everyone, irrespective of age.
12. Can I make any changes to the itinerary of my group trip, either before or during the trip?
Oops. Sorry! All F5 trips are planned in such a way you get to see the planned places as well as relax. If you wish to visit any place before the trip begins, you can let us know & we can assist in making that happen just for you!
13. Can I add an extra night on the beginning or end of my group trip, either before or during the trip?
Yes. At an extra expense for accommodation & any other service you may wish to take.
14. I have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for?
Yes. Once you sign up for F5 trip ( short or long tour ), you will be required to fill a personal inquiry form in which you can mention any special dietary you follow or in case of allergies.
15. What if I get ill or injured on the trip and unable to continue?
All F5 trip leads will be carrying the basic first aid kit on all trips. If you are unable to continue even after that assistance, we will ensure you will be taken to examine at the nearest hospital.
16. Can I opt out of certain activities if I want to?
Yes! Although we’d love it if you can join us!:)
17. What standard of accommodation should I expect?
We want to provide experiences that are off the beaten track, help ladies experience nature and appreciate the local culture and food. For that precise reason, we prefer home stays or eco-resorts over hotels for all our itineraries. You may not exactly experience what is ‘defined’ as luxury, but you for sure will have the luxury of breathing clean air and enjoying pristine surroundings.
One of F5’s core values is to foster a community of travel-loving, nature-adoring women; to help ladies come together and appreciate each other’s company and interests. Please sign up for our tours if you are ready to share, if you wish to be part of a growing community.
18. Will I get internet coverage?
While internet connectivity may go out of sight once in a while, you will have phone connections at most places. To be on safer side, best if you can inform your friends & family about the trip.
‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on crafting and executing all-women travel experiences in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream – to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women. Come, join us, as we work towards redefining the way women travel India.
We all need regular breaks, be it a day’s off from our daily chores, life’s chaos, the work stress, the urban traffic or a relationship crisis. Be it anything, what matters is the break that you need. How often is that idea put into action? Well, we don’t blame you for the inaction. We have been there, done that and hence the idea of F5 Escapes. Let us help you travel. Sustainably, responsibly, safely.