Adventure Travel is one of the most thrilling and exciting ways to travel the world. You can learn new cultures and experience the local culture.
These are 20 great tips to help you plan your next adventure trip.
You can use the Internet to find information about travel guides, read travel blogs about places you are interested in, chat with other travelers who recently returned from adventure trips; check with local authorities to determine the requirements for travel documents and visas and book accommodations and flights.
Use reliable maps to plan your route. Use terrain maps to show elevations, water crossings, mountains, etc. You should include the location of your destination, as well as the distance that you plan to cover in one day. Also consider how long it will take to travel from one point to another.
As most adventure trips go off the beaten path, Traveler’s checks and foreign currency are not accepted. For tips, baksheesh, and occasional bribes, you might want to bring smaller denominations.
Make sure you have all your papers organized, including detailed maps, passports and visas, as well as insurance policies, camping permits, and insurance policy. You should have photocopies of your passport, I.D. and other documents with you. In case of an emergency, keep a list of all medical information (allergies and blood type) with you.
Consider areas that are likely to disappear soon, such as Greenland’s Icebergs and areas with endangered species when choosing an adventure destination. These areas are still available.
Water is perhaps the most essential thing for survival. It is important to plan to drink water and to be aware of where water sources are located along your journey.
You should plan for an emergency exit, which is a place where you can get out of the trip in case something happens. Each day, plan for at least two exit points that are accessible to transport, communication and other contact with the outside world.
When planning the food for your adventure trip you should consider what you can carry, how long it will last, how easy it will be to prepare, and whether you will have access to food stores along the route. Consider how easy it will be to transport and prepare the food.
Although you don’t need to pack for every event, it is important to keep your stuff light. You can wash your clothes along the route, or you can live in the same jeans for several weeks.
Although equipment can be costly for adventure trips, you can rent, buy secondhand or borrow any kind of climate-specific clothing and specialty equipment.
Always keep a supply of emergency supplies, such as flares, thermal blankets and first aid kits. You should research which emergency medications might be necessary to treat bites from animals and insects.
Be fit before you embark on your adventure trip. There is nothing worse than being unable to keep up with the pace or missing out on an activity due to insufficient fitness.
Get a solar charger to charge your phone. You can also buy these chargers online for your camera batteries. Satellite phones can save your life in emergencies when there is no service.
The amount of time you are able to get away from the “real world” will determine how much you spend on your trip. This takes a significant chunk of your trip.
You can go on an adventure trip with someone who you like and someone with a similar fitness level to ensure you don’t feel isolated. You might consider joining a club, or going on an adventure trip in a group with others who share your interests.
Consider joining an organized group that includes a guide if this is your first adventure trip. An organized activity can also be included by independent travelers.
Take advantage of fast transportation to get to the main points of your trip. Focus on the important things and not just on how to get from A to B.
Incorporate adventurous activities into your adventure vacation. You can spend a night in the desert with the Bedouin, or you can go water rafting in the wilderness. In Lapland, ice fishing is an option.
When on an adventure trip, try to disconnect as much from electronics as possible. However, it is a good idea to have a cell phone in case of emergency. Consider using an iPhone, or other smartphone apps to assist you on your journey – maps and GPS, etc.
Learn about the culture and traditions of the locals by meeting them. To really experience the local culture, book a homestay.