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In case you’re wondering what the letters I.N.D.Y. represent in the name of our organization, they stand for I’m Not Dead Yet! The I.N.D.Y. Travel Society for Women is an informal organization. We are women who travel together on customized small group adventures. Membership is free and comes simply by taking a trip or just contacting us to say you’d like to belong. We offer a new trip every four months or so. Some trips will be international; some will be domestic. We try to keep the cost down on all trips without sacrificing safety or comfort. We do this because our goal is to make travel accessible to as many women as possible. We encourage women of all ages to apply. We use only reputable tour operators and travel suppliers; your safety is our first concern.
I.N.D.Y Travel Society for Women members offer feedback on trips they have taken, share travel suggestions and take an active role in selecting future trips. Though the destinations may change from trip to trip, there are two constants with all I.N.D.Y trips: camaraderie & laughter – lots and lots of laughter.
What sets I.N.D.Y. trips apart is the small number of people in our groups combined with the support offered. Our trips generally have a maximum of 10 participants (unless otherwise specified) and in most cases have 2 escorts. In addition, we have a local guide or tour leader at the destination (unless otherwise specified). By offering this level of service we are better able to accommodate varying levels of physical ability within our small group. Some participants may be able to leap buildings at a single bound while the rest of us may have to walk or climb more slowly. Some may love vigorous adventure activities while the rest of us may not be able to participate, at least to the same degree. Having two to three support personnel with the group allows members more freedom to enjoy the tour at their own pace because we are able to break into sub-groups, each with one of the escorts or the tour leader accompanying .
Our small groups are informal and we get to know one another quickly. Our itineraries are full but we do allow enough free time to be able to explore on your own, rest or just enjoy the solitude we all crave from time to time.
Come join us on the next I.N.D.Y Travel Society for Women adventure. Celebrate the wonder of travel and at the same time forge friendships with other women who, like you, are passionate about living life to its fullest, no matter what age or life may throw at them.
She may be from Cortland, a small town in upstate New York, but with 30+ years of experience in the field of travel, it could certainly be said that Lizzy McCartney is a citizen of the world. Lizzy giggles when she tells friends that she did everything backwards. “I got married shortly after graduating high school, had four children by the time I was 26, waited on tables for years and THEN decided it was time to go to college.” In time, Lizzy earned degrees in Travel & Tourism, Geography and Spanish. In 1984 she began her travel career as a travel agent. Ten years later Lizzy assumed the position of Assistant Director of International Programs at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland. Following her tenure with SUNY, Lizzy served as the study abroad marketing representative in the USA for the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. All the while, however, Lizzy continued to plan trips for family and friends because helping others discover the miracle of travel is her greatest passion. In 2013 Lizzy returned to her roots as a travel agent and in 2015 she founded Travel With Lizzy, LLC.
The I.N.D.Y. Travel Society for Women has been a dream of Lizzy’s for many years. “The Society’s inaugural trip proved that anyone can do anything with a little patience, perseverance and willingness to bend a little,” says Lizzy. “You also have to have an absolute belief in what you are trying to accomplish.” I still look forward to discovering the world and to traveling with women who love to travel as much as I do, no matter what life has thrown their way. I may be getting older but I’m not dead yet. Far from it.
It is that passion, that zest for life that lends itself to the name of our Society. That’s what the acronym I.N.D.Y. represents : I’m Not Dead Yet!
Is airfare always included in the cost of the I.N.D.Y. adventure?
The cost of airfare will be included in most of the I.N.D.Y. adventures but there may be times when it’s not. If the tour is one in which many participants may want to deviate on the routing or extend their stay, or if we don’t have enough participants to qualify for a group fare, it may not be possible to include the airfare in the cost of the tour. However, on all tours every effort will be made to arrange for as many participants as possible to fly together at least on the outbound part of the trip on individual tickets.
Do I have to take the group flight if one is included in the tour?
You do not have to take the included group flight but you will not receive a refund for the unused flight or any other unused services if you do not. If a participant chooses to take a separate flight, she would have to meet the group either at the airport or at the first hotel independently at her own cost. She would also have to sign a waiver stating that she understands the Terms for someone not taking the included group flight.
Do I have to participate in all activities in the tour?
No, if you are uncomfortable participating in any of the events, you don’t have to do so. However, no refunds will be given for unused activities or services. One of the things that separates the I.N.D.Y. Travel Society for Women from other organizations that offer travel adventures is the fact that no woman should have to feel that she is holding the other participants back, or that she is pushing herself too hard. On the other hand, no woman should feel that she is being held back because of others who may not be able to move as fast or as well. This is why our trips have two escorts plus a local guide – so that we can split into smaller groups if need be and still have an escort or leader with us. If a participant needs or wants to remain behind at the hotel, however, an escort will not be able to stay behind unless there is an emergency or need for personal attention.
How will I receive information about this trip?
What kind of preparation can I expect before departure?
On our website you will see a “TRIPS” option on the menu at the top of each page. Under “TRIPS” you will find a “TRAVEL BLOG” option. Blog updates will be posted often with news and suggestions for each trip. The blog will be updated while we are abroad as well.
The I.N.D.Y. Travel Society for Women Facebook page will include posts that will help prepare participants prior to departure.
Messages to the participants will be sent regularly through an E-mail distribution list. The group leader will be available daily via E-mail or cell phone as well.
Before you depart you will receive a comprehensive itinerary in pdf and as well as via E-mail link. You may forward your comprehensive itinerary to anyone you wish.
What forms of payment are accepted and how do I pay?
The easiest and suggested form of payment is credit card via the PayPal option on our website. You will be led to the PayPal option as you fill out your reservation form which is accessed via the “Reserve” option on the main menu. Payment via PayPal will incur an additional fee of 3.5% but it is money well spent because payment via credit card generally offers a level of protection in the event a travel provider defaults. You may also pay via check (no additional fee) but your place will not be confirmed until the check clears.
Where can I purchase the mandatory travel insurance?
Travel insurance can be purchased through any licensed travel insurance provider but you must purchase at least the minimum coverage stated in the Conditions form on the website. Lizzy McCartney, travel consultant and founder, will be happy to offer assistance in identifying reputable travel insurance companies and can also help identify the types of coverage each offers. She can help you purchase a policy if you would like; just contact her via E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (607)745-3463. You will have to show proof of coverage prior to departure and again during the Welcome Meeting on Day 1 of the tour.
Will I be able to request special assistance, special meals or seat assignments on the flights?
On the reservation form you will note that we ask you to identify any special requests and conditions. We will do our best for you and we will advise the airline of your special needs of course. However, we may not be able to fulfill all of your requests. For example, we may not be permitted to get pre-assigned seats if we are on a group fare, and some airlines don’t pre-assign certain seats on the aircraft. Special meals may not be offered either. It’s important that you disclose any special needs in order that we be able to work with all travel providers, not only the airlines, to make your trip as safe and comfortable as possible.
Do I have to share a room or may I stay in a private room?
Most of our trips will offer a single supplement option meaning that you pay an additional fee to stay in a private room. This is because the trip budget is based on two people sharing the cost of each hotel night. However, it’s important to know that there may be some lodging locations that cannot accommodate singles.
Can I count on staying in the accommodation listed in the daily itinerary?
Most of the time the lodging advertised in the daily itinerary is the lodging in which you will stay. However, there are times when different lodging will be substituted. For example, this could happen if the hotel has to undergo unexpected repairs or access to the hotel becomes obstructed and/or unsafe. There could be other reasons as well.
Are I.N.D.Y. tours, “senior” tours?
No. Women of all ages are encouraged to participate in our tours. In fact, the best tours are those that include a wide range of ages. Our tours may be attractive to retired women because they have more free time, because we offer such small groups and because we offer maximum flexibility in terms of the physical ability of participants. However, our tours are definitely active enough for the younger crowd while at the same time offering participants time to explore independently.
Here's what people had to say about our 2015 to beautiful ICELAND.
"I went on the amazing trip to Iceland. Lizzy made everyone feel at ease. I went on this trip by myself not knowing anybody and left feeling I had made great friendships that will last a lifetime. We had great adventures, as well as enough time to explore on your own. The accommodations and meals that were included were spectacular. I will definitely travel with Lizzy and I.N.D.Y again in the future."
Fire, Lights and Northern Lights, Dec. 6-12, 2015Posted by Elizabeth McCartney on Saturday, January 2, 2016
"WOW...is all I can say regarding my return to the unique country of Iceland, 30 years later. When told about this opportunity to travel with Lizzy McCartney and a small group of adventuresome women how could I resist. The reservation process, continuous travel updates, chain of relevant Iceland information and security of knowing that an experienced travel agent would be escorting the group was exactly what I was looking for. As a widow, traveling alone, my family needed to know that I would be traveling in good hands. They will never question my choice when I travel with INDY travel and Lizzy. Iceland was as beautiful, safe and wonderful as I remembered. This time with the addition of an amazing tour outside the city of Reykjavik with two overnights in the country side staying a lovely small hotels. The photo's on the website are wonderful though can never replace the experience of being there. Feeling the mist from the geyser and waterfall rainbows. Being awakened at midnight, running outside in pajamas, boots and coats to view the northern lights. A three hour hike on a glacier, climbing down into a crevasse. All this while celebrating my 62nd birthday with my wonderful new friends. Each and every detail handled with care and efficiency by Lizzy. I'll be looking forward to my next INDY adventure."
"What a time we had in Iceland! Lizzy put together a trip that included so many memorable adventures. It was truly a cultural and magical experience. I so appreciated Lizzy's expertise and "can do" demeanor that made it a unique and positive time all around."
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