Adventure planning essentials

THE ESSENTIALS OF AN ADVENTURE TOUR

1. Decide the place you want to visit

Set expectations from your place of visit. It will result into easier planning in all aspects. This will also spare you more time during the trip. The prior planning will also allow you to choose place of your choice with planned activities. Plan what you need to carry in your baggage, health and safety precautions to take, and what cultural and  political situations you should keep in mind.

Online resources are better than books to get the most up-to-date details. Find and go through the official tourism department’s website on the shortlisted destinations. Feedback from friends and experiences online by other travellers can be very resourceful.

Do not plan out each and every moment of your trip. It is not advisable to be rigid with our plans about the travel. The preconceived notions we might have regarding itineraries and pleasures we seek, will only set us up for inevitable disappointment. It will also limit us to see all of the unexpected possibilities that come with any sort of adventure travel. Proceed with the trip with an idea about what you would like to do and see, but more importantly, keep a keen eye and a big reserve of excitement and energy ready for the unexpected adventures.

2. Decide when you want to go

Climate, crowding, and seasonal pricing are important factors that control your decision regarding date of the travel. Bad weather or when you are not physically and mentally prepared can ruin the trip. Mountain biking during lower temperatures, rafting when rivers are overflowing and hiking when mountain passes are clogged with snow, are all immature ideas. Though exact weather can’t be predicted, one can learn about climate trends during destination research. If you want to avoid peak-season crowds and prices, prior planning and booking in advance, are essential. One gets early-booking discounts, and it is vital if you want to visit a popular destination at a popular time

3. Research and zero on to your tour operator

Search for a tour operator whose safety and good services records outweigh the prices they offer. Look for travel organizations that specialize in adventure travels. Many of them are listed by region and activities.

Look for the companies by previous accreditations. Does it have any safety accreditations, for example? Does it belong to several industry associations? Does it belong to a chamber of commerce or a tourism organization? Also seek personal recommendations and referrals by your acquaintances and friends. Feedback by previous customers are also useful.

4. Pick up a trip that adds value to your money

After finding various good options for your trip, look for good value to your money. Find out, if there are hidden costs involved. Look for what exactly you are getting for the total amount you are going to pay. There may be extra costs like Taxes, fees, gratitude, local guide and other extra charges. You need to look at quality of accommodations, etc.

 5. Start working on your fitness levels, in advance

You need to acclimatize and train physically if you are going for a climb. If you are going for a cruise, check if you have tendency for sea sickness. That way you will not only prevent cancellations and medical treatment costs, but also save your group from discomfiture

6. It’s worth investing on Insurance

It is worth not leaving your home without insurance to save potential costs of trip cancellations, getting injured or wronged while traveling. Many travel operators will not allow travel unless you are insured in all aspects, for the trip.

Insurance Policies vary. For example, cancellation insurance usually comes bundled in packages with other coverage including baggage, medical, and medical evacuation. In searching for a plan, try to find packages that best cover what you are most concerned about.

Even if you have a health plan at home, your healthcare costs may not be covered or may have limitations once you leave your country. Travel-medical insurance can help pay your expenses should you need treatment for an illness or injury on your trip. Most policies do a good job in listing both exclusions and definitions, but if you are engaging in an activity that you feel has not been properly defined, like extreme mountaineering, then it is a good idea to clarify and get in writing how the company will respond in the event of an accident or injury.

7. Travel light with most essentials

Follow the art of packing. Do not carry too much, and do not forget a necessary item. Do research and make a list of items you need to carry. Learn about your destination’s weather conditions and health and cultural considerations. Knowing the exact kind of technical equipment needed, will help you to determine what’s important. Once packed, lay everything out on the floor and then prune it

8. Check and carry important documents

Carry right kinds of documentation and currency for international trips. Go to the destination country’s website and find out the entry requirements. Do these at the initial stages of your trip planning because it may take some time to obtain the necessary visas and letters of invitation certain countries may require. Also be sure to inquire about any special permits you may need. Permits are often required for mountaineering, rafting, and use of popular trekking routes. Make extra copies of your passport and other documents. Keep copies on you in two or three places and always leave an extra copy at home.

When traveling, you should keep your important documents, credit cards, and most of your cash hidden on your person in a document holder or money belt. Keep copies of your documents and an extra reserve of cash elsewhere in your baggage. Lastly, if you’re going to an unsafe area, it may be worthwhile to carry a dummy wallet with some local currency and a few expired credit cards in case you do get robbed.

9. Plan in advance for your health check up

Before traveling, find out what kinds of vaccinations and medications are recommended for the region you’ll be visiting. If you do need vaccinations, book an appointment with your doctor early, as some vaccinations require a series of shots given over a period of several months. Also ask what items to put in your medical kit. Besides the basics like bandages, antibiotic cream, and anti-diarrhea pills, you might consider getting a prescription for a powerful antibiotic medicine, which can be a life-saver in instances of severe digestive problems or infections.

Further, few simple precautions will prevent most problems. Drink lots of water. Hydration is the key for keeping healthy, and it’s surprisingly easy to get dehydrated. Not only does it weaken your immune system, it makes you tired too.

10. Avoid disturbed locations

Make sure you have the proper equipment and training and the right conditions to participate in an adventure activity safely. Also consider the dangers of crime and negative political or cultural developments in your destination, particularly if you’re visiting a developing country. Being alert and informed is the easiest and most important thing you can do.

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