Signwriting Frequently asked questions
How do I register for a trek?
First, read the itinerary carefully, paying particular attention to the 'Pace and Physical Requirements' section to make sure you understand the physical nature of the trip you are interested in. If you have any questions about your abilities, consider taking our online fitness test to assess whether or not you would be a good fit, or give us a call (910-571-8806) and we can discuss options to help you get on track to complete the trek.
If you are ready to reserve your space on a trip, you may make your deposit online on the trip page by clicking “Book Now”, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 910-571-8806 and we will collect your deposit (10% of the trip fee) and your registration form. Alternatively, if you wish to mail a check please contact our office as we may be able to provide a discount.
Then, we will ask for you to fill out a registration form for our records. This is very important as it will give us an idea of your current fitness, and we can reach out to you immediately if we have any questions.
What preparation will I receive for this trip?
By the time the trip date comes, your only worry should be getting to the airport on time. That said, there are some preparations you will want to take care of. Upon signing up, you will receive a packet of preparation information which includes the following:
- Packing/gear list
- Training tips
- Other preparation details such as…
- General country info
- Visa information
- Recommended vaccines
We will schedule an initial call with you to go over any immediate questions you may have (around the time you put down your deposit). From then on, we are available to you for any questions you may have by phone or email.
A month before the trip, we will have a group call with the rest of the participants to go over any remaining questions, and to cover any last-minute logistics. We will also send you an email with the following info:
- Arrival instructions
- Roster of the trip participants (let us know if you do not wish for your name or contact information to appear here)
- Accommodations list &/or emergency contact information so that your loved ones can reach you while you are away
How should I train for my trek?
Great question! Marathon runners and hiking enthusiasts alike can be humbled by their first trek, so we are here to help. Training recommendations vary a bit by trek, but we provide our guests with training guidelines, as well as a complimentary remote training consultation upon registration. We can provide continued personal training support to our guests at discounted rates.
When should I purchase my flights?
We are happy to help advise the best flights to work with our itineraries, and can even help arrange extra nights before and after your trek.
Since the cost of your airline ticket is generally non-refundable, please do not purchase your ticket until you have received final billing for the tour or have been advised that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate.
When is my final payment due?
Full payment of the tour fee is due 120 days prior to departure. We will bill you for the final payment at either 120 days, or when the tour has reached sufficient subscription to operate, whichever date comes later.
What if I need to cancel?
Cancellations should be made in writing to email@example.com. You may also call us at 910-571-8806 during normal office hours (9a-5p, M-F). Please review our terms of cancellation:
Refund of deposit and payment, less $100 handling fee, will be made if cancellation is received up to 120 days before departure. If cancellation occurs between 119 and 70 days before the departure date, 50% of the tour fee is refundable. Thereafter, all deposits and payments are not refundable.
This policy only applies to payments made to FIT Treks for tour fees (and any services included in those fees). Airline tickets not included in the tour fee and purchased separately often carry penalties for cancellation or change, or are sometimes totally non-refundable.
Any return of funds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment, or by check.
What if FIT Treks cancels my trip?
We hope this never happens, but we reserve the right to cancel an adventure due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the trek non-viable.
If FIT Treks cancels an adventure, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, FIT Treks has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.
Why do I need trip insurance?
We require that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Given the remote nature of many of our tours, evacuation to care facilities can be very expensive. In the rare case of an emergency, we do not want your decision on getting help to be based on whether or not you can afford the bill.
For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 43-0684.
Do I have to be in really good shape to sign up for one of your treks?
It certainly helps if you are already have some sort of exercise routine, but even if you are not currently in mint condition, we will work with you to come up with a realistic timeline (even if it is 2-3 years from now) to help you complete your desired trek.
When you sign up, we will do an initial consultation to assess how long it will take for you to be prepared for the trek, and will come up with a plan for you to make it a reality.
Am I too old to do a trek?
Our clients typically range from 30s-70s, with the median age being around 50.
Traditional Pub and shop Signwriting
The art of signwriting dates from over 2000 years. Although not in the form we see today as many people were illiterate and so signpainters as they were known would paint pictorial images depicting the trade or profession carried out at a premises.
Signexcel retain traditonal signwriters with that same sense of artistry combined with the formality of structured fonts and designs.
Whether producing signwritten panels in our workshop or signwriting directly onto your building our signwriters offer that intrinsic hand crafted feeling where you can actually see the brushstrokes, difficult to obtain by digital means.
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We are able to work to a pre determined design using templates for accuracy or can attend site with our paints and brushes and make it up as we go along.
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