Any travel is fun, but for experiences, it’s hard to beat the thrill-a-minute rollercoaster that is adventure travel. This pushes people out of their comfort zone, helps them grow as individuals, and opens up the beauty of the world – and the people who live on it – in ways that conventional travel just can’t replicate. Of course, all these benefits to come with a drawback: it’s challenging and really hard work at times. Below, we’ve put together five tips to help you get the most our of your adventure travel trip.
Have The Right Mindset
You don’t need much of a “mindset” to walk around the Left Bank in Paris. You just take it all in and enjoy the moment. The same can’t be said when you’re on a rickety old bus, on your way to a remote mountain environment, where you’ll be spending the night in a rustic cabin, without running water. This is what adventure travel is all about: throwing yourself into uncomfortable situations so that you can get the rewards that few people on earth ever receive. Whatever comes your way you need to accept it as part of the adventure, otherwise you won’t enjoy it as much as you could!
Embracing the Risks
When you leave the beaten path, you’re also leaving behind many of the comforts and securities of modern life. Where you’re going, there might not be the same impeccable infrastructure that you find in well-built up areas. You might have to take a chance here and there, and as such, you’ll need to be adaptable, and ready to embrace the risk. That’s not to say you should put yourself in danger. But you do need to be extra prepared in case something goes wrong. Before you go, compare travel insurance policies and make sure you choose one that gives you the most coverage. You’ll also want to let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you’ll be back – especially if you’re going off-grid! On the other side of the greatest risks lies the biggest rewards, one of my favourite sayings is; “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”.
Be Physically Sound
It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the possibilities that you’re presented with when you’re on an adventure travel holiday. But remember, your excitement does not suddenly make you invincible. If you’re trekking through Nepal, you’ll be inspired by the majesty of Everest, but will you be able to climb it? No chance if you haven’t practised for months or even years!. That’s an obvious example: more subtle dangers lie elsewhere such as not keeping up with a group you’re with. Know your body, and what it’s capable of.
Don’t Forget the Locals
For many people, adventure travel is about nature, and the activities they experience along the way. But remember: it’s not all a playground. People live there, and you should be showing them the utmost respect. Meeting the locals and learning to understand their way of life is a huge part of adventure travel, so ensure you’re dedicating significant time to those who call the destination home.
You’re out of your comfort zone. Some people recoil at the thought; others embrace it. When you’re travelling, there’s no room for second-guessing what you’re doing. You have to throw yourself into it. Laugh, dance, get involved with the local customs, and never lose sight of how fortunate you are to have these types of experiences.