You’re so eager to start adventure travel. But just imagine, you headed out towards a fine forest in the pleasant warm summer time, but were caught in a storm with no tarp to protect you or no extra dry clothes to change! Or imagine you’re clinging to a sheer rocky slope of a mountain with no ropes or no battery power remained in your headlamps, and just waiting for falling to death! Friends, this can be the situation when you’re not prepared well. Planning is of utmost importance when you’ll be starting an adventure travel. Let’s learn a few tips for planning before you look forward to raise your adrenaline.
1. Get Insured
It’s quite obvious that adventure travelers should buy a travel insurance policy since the risk factor is high. You just have to pay a small amount but the peace of mind you get in return is great. Today there are so many websites that can help you compare travel insurance, and then you can choose the best one for you. What’s more, the adventure travel company where you book your trip can also help you get the suitable travel insurance.
2. Increase Your Stamina
It’s fine if you’re a regular exerciser. But if you are not, you have to immediately start exercising as you’ll need stamina on your adventure trip. Not only exercising, but also healthy eating will increase your strength. Cut down on junk food, start natural foods like raw salads, fruits, nuts, and proteins in the form of lean meat, eggs, cheese and milk.
3. Learn Everything Possible about Your Destination
Let’s face it, in a way adventure refers to playing with your life. But you want to enjoy, not losing your life, right? When you’ll be engaging yourself in a potentially dangerous activity, you ought to know every bit of it beforehand. Long before you start your travel, you should research your destination well and learn what you should take with you so you won’t be feared for your life in any given situation. For example, if you’ll be scuba-diving at Maldives, you should inquire about the underwater currents and how to deal with them.
Apart from checking guidebooks and travel sites, you should go through their official tourism site where you can get a lot of important information and words of caution. Ask your friends and also join travel forums and inquire if anyone else has visited the destination and undertaken the activities, and what their experiences were. This way you can get a fair idea of what you can do to enjoy the activities safely. Some good online travel forums are Lonely Planet Thorn Tree, BootsnAll Travel Community and IgoUgo.
But be sure to collect info from various sources rather than relying solely upon a particular one.
4. Check Weather Conditions
Although unexpected weather events can arise, it’s always advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination. Are there any predictions about heavy rains or storm or snowfall? If there are, you can be prepared with appropriate gear to protect yourself.
5. Carry the Essentials
Adventure trips are of so many types like mountaineering, water sports, white water rafting, snorkeling and scuba diving, paragliding and so on. Each of these demand a different set of essentials. Sometimes you get providers who arrange these activities for you. In that case, they provide you all the gear and you hardly have to worry about anything. However, sometimes you have to arrange the trip on your own. In that case, you ought to collect information about the necessary items you should carry.
Some basic items that you may need on any trip are sunscreen, sunglasses, wide-brimmed hat, bug repellent, first-aid kit, any kind of lamp, fire-starter, utility knife and area’s map.
Planning your adventure travel in this way will give you a great peace of mind and then you can enjoy the adventure in a true sense. Bon voyage!