This fee will be applied to the cost of your trip, and is meant to discourage halfhearted applications. It can be paid before or after you submit the Application Form.
Starting this year I am charging a $25 application fee for my guided trips. This fee will be applied to the cost of your trip, which after accounting for this fee is unchanged from 2018.
The Application Fee can be paid before or after you submit your Application Form. But your application will not be considered until it’s paid.
With this fee, I hope to discourage halfhearted applicants. Last year I received 48 applications (about 25 percent of the total) that proved noncommittal. These applicants consumed administrative time and in many cases temporarily occupied spots that were wanted by more serious applicants.
The fee will essentially be revenue-neutral:
If you accept a spot on a trip: the amount will be credited to the cost of your trip. After accounting for this fee, trip prices are unchanged from 2018.
If you are offered a spot on one of your first-choice trips but refuse it: the amount will not be refunded.
If you are not offered a spot on one of your first-choice trips and refuse a second-choice option: the amount will be fully refunded back to your credit/debit card.
Thanks for understanding this new policy.