Friendship Travel's FAQs
Our most frequently-asked questions
What does a Friendship host DO?
Your host makes sure that everything runs smoothly, from airport transfers to checking out your accommodation.
But he (or she) is also an ice-breaker, a walking encyclopaedia, a wine waiter, a conversation-starter, an entertainer and – perhaps above all – a friend when needed. He is ‘on duty’ usually six days during a week’s holiday. On those days he is highly visible at breakfast and dinner and can usually be tracked down at other times, if needed.
A Friendship host is more than happy to recommend and to book sight-seeing excursions, water-sports, activities and local bike or car hire. But if all you want to do is work on your tan, then you do that! If you’re happy, we’re happy.
What is included in the price?
Prices are in pounds sterling and – of course – are per person. In 90% of holidays the price shown includes accommodation and flights. In some the first column is the cost of your accommodation and meals and the second column is a guide to the air fare (see next question). If we book a low cost flight for you, we do charge £30 admin fee.
With very different holidays on offer, you need to read the individual holiday description to see what is included for each one, but generally we provide:
Return flights including all taxes
A standard double or twin room for your sole use
Airport transfers at the start and end of the holiday
Breakfast every day and – on some holidays, lunches and dinners
The services of a Friendship host – or local representative on certain holidays (Some Caribbean, Skiing and Water Sport Resorts)
Some holidays include relevant activities, such as skiing or water-sports: again, please check the individual holiday descriptions.
Why do you show the flight price separately on some holidays?
We can access a huge range of charter, scheduled and low-cost flights from our computers and the prices vary hugely, depending on where you are flying from and when you book and travel.
The price shown is a guide, usually from a London airport, but the air fare might be higher or lower depending on the flight you want us to book. Although we show the guide price separately, when we book the flight for you, we are creating a flight-inclusive holiday that is financially protected by our bonding with the Civil Aviation Authority under our ATOL licence.
Can I fly from my local airport?
Yes, if it is available. For instance, Rhodes in Greece has flights from 22 UK airports and we can book any of them. On the other hand, some resorts are served by only a few airports. For further information, see the individual holiday pages or call the Friendship office.
Can I book my own flights?
Yes you can, but since we can access Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and all the other cheap airlines, you are unlikely to find a cheaper fare! If you book flights which do not coincide with our usual airport transfer timings, we reserve the right to charge a supplement for an additional transfer.
How do I get to the hotel?
We include the cost of transfers by local taxi or minibus at the beginning and end of your holiday. We are reasonably flexible, but if you choose flight times that are outside our ‘time slot’ then we reserve the right to charge a supplement for an additional journey.
I can’t see the date I want
Some holiday companies print lots of departure dates in their brochures, wait to see which ones are most popular and cancel the other dates, or they run the holiday with only three or four guests. We don’t do this.
We advertise the departure dates we expect to operate with a good number of guests. We rarely cancel a departure and occasionally add additional dates if the demand is there. This means that you can book as early as you like, confident that the holiday is going to happen!
What happens at meal times?
We know from bitter experience how awkward it is to eat alone. A book is a useful shield but hardly a good conversationalist. This is why virtually all our holidays include dinner as well as breakfast.
On hotel holidays, breakfast is usually a moveable feast, depending on the day’s activities. Lunch is usually not included, because you may well be off exploring.
We come together for dinner every evening, except on the host’s day off when you can sample one of the local restaurants with your fellow travellers.
We usually sit together at a large table, with half a bottle of decent wine per person plus bottled water, as well as good food and conversation. Since people do different things during the day, there are plenty of stories to share and plans for the next day to discuss and dinner often goes on for hours.
What are the meals like?
Most of the large hotels serve a wide selection of hot and cold items for breakfast and our smaller ‘house parties’ will provide a wholesome continental breakfast. For dinner in the larger hotels and wide range of dishes will be provided in a buffet or a la carte. In the ‘house parties’ we provide a mixture or set menus and buffet. For exact details of the meal types served at your hotel, just ask.
What are Friendship Travellers like?
How do we answer that? Our guests are as varied and interesting as most of the population! We aim to have a balance of the sexes, though women are often more confident about travelling alone than men.
We cannot promise that you will find your soul-mate, but in any group there is every chance that you will meet interesting, happy people with similar interests to your own – as well as people with completely different interests – which makes for stimulating conversation!
How old are Friendship Travellers?
We welcome everyone from the age of 25, with no upper limit. Most of our guests are between 30 and 60 years old, but as you will see in our chat room, many people say that a mixed age range is part of the fun. If you are really concerned about the age of the other travellers on a holiday, call our office for further details.
Have a look at our website pages and chat room – where you’ll find more details about our holidays and – perhaps most helpfully, a whole community of single travellers who are happy to exchange opinions and tips in our chat room.
We are an independent company with a friendly team that knows our resorts and hotels at first hand. Many of us are single travellers and we want to help you enjoy a great holiday – especially if it is the first time you have travelled alone. We chose Friendship Travel as our name because it says everything about our holidays and about us.
Do give us a call on 0871 200 2035 – we’re here to help.