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Physical Level Descriptions


While browsing our site, you’ll notice we provide easy categorization of how physically demanding a specific trip is or isn’t.

The physical level designation and trip filter is intended to give you an easy way to understand the level of exertion you might experience on your trip.

Our physical levels are as follows:


Very Easy

Trips labeled as “Very Easy” typically involve minimal physical activity, such as brief walking tours of a city on even terrain. Motor vehicles are available or used for all portions of trip. Many trips with this label will be wheelchair friendly, but always check with the tour operator about the trip you are considering. Train journeys and most small ship and river cruises will be labeled as “very easy” given the mode of travel, but always check on the types of shore excursions they offer.

See all trips considered Very Easy on Stride

 

Easy

Trips labeled as “Easy” generally require some walking on multiple days of the trip over even terrain. Some cycling trips might be categorized as ‘Easy’ if they include a single day or two of easy cycling of short distances on flat ground. Some ‘Easy’ trips are wheelchair friendly, but always check with the tour operator about the trip you are considering. Some river cruises, such as those that visit the Amazon river, could be categorized as ‘Easy.’

See all trips considered Easy on Stride

 

Moderate

Trips labeled as “Moderate” involve regular walking or cycling over long distances on sometimes hilly, or bumpy terrain. Expect to be walking or cycling anywhere from 4-8 hours per day on these types of tours. Expect to use some public transportation, during which you may not be guaranteed a seat and may be traveling during busy rush hour times with luggage. Many safaris fit this category where jeeps and 4x4 vehicles are commonly used. 

See all trips considered Moderate on Stride

 

Strenuous

Trips labeled “Strenuous” involve regular hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Many of these trips have a moderate to high expectation of physical fitness, and will traverse various elevations. Some of these types of trips will require you to carry your own equipment while others will offer support, such as porters.

See all trips considered Strenuous on Stride

 

Extreme

Trips labeled as “Extreme” are reserved for high intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, and cycling trips. Expect to exert yourself at a high level continuously throughout the trip and for 6-8 hours per day. Many trips in this category will experience dramatic changes in altitude. You will be required to carry your own equipment the majority of the time on most of these trips. 

See all trips considered Extreme on Stride

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