Time stops for nobody and it certainly doesn’t seem to slow as it passes you by. Living in the moment and enjoying every second of every day just makes sense. When you’re not working anyway. Adventure travel is an extraordinary hot-to-trot focus of many people these days. Exciting and alive people that have decided to throw their hat to the wind and see what sort of sound trouble they can stir up, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are a virgin or veteran of adventure travel, there are useful tips and tricks you should know or at least consider before your rickety old 6 person plan takes off to your once-in-a-lifetime adventure destination.Stop for just a minute and consider these thoughts...
Factor 1 – Open Your Mind.
If you take on a new adventure with a closed mind full of “I can’t/won’t/don’t want to,” then you are in for one sour experience. Adventure is all about discovery, newness, challenge, and excitement. It’s about breaking down your comfort zone and opening the door to new opportunities that will give you the confidence to strive for bigger and better. This all equates to giving yourself permission to change. I know…that’s a freaking scary word. But you’ve got to commit to making a change if you are serious about taking an adventure that might very well change your outlook on life. So if you are a clockwork nerd that lives a “timed” life, try opening your mind to not scheduling everything and go unplanned where you can. Slap a smile on your face and learn to take things as they come. An ultra-important lesson if you want to make your adventure fantabulous.
Factor 2 – Less is More.
The last thing you want to do on your adventure is pack everything but the kitchen sink. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a fresh outfit each day. You definitely don’t want to be lugging around a whole bunch of bags you don’t really need. The only things you really need are your reservation confirmation, passport, money, emergency numbers, and an overnight bag with the essentials. That’s it. And if you REALLY want to pack heavy you should be packing things to “gift” wherever you are headed. Most exotic or overseas destinations have plenty of people who are in need more than you.
Factor 3 – Become Native
The chances are pretty good when you are going on a surreal adventure you will be slipping into a new and exciting world outside of your usual culture. This is the time to have fun with stepping outside of what you know and immersing yourself with a smile in the culture and love of the people around you. Don’t be afraid to dress like them, eat like them, and openly learn about how they live and why. Before you set sail do your research on the history of your adventure destination so you set yourself up to take more away from it. You’ll be surprised how much most cultures will embrace you if you just show that you are interested in how they live. The connection with the people really is what makes adventures so special.
Factor 4 – Be Confident and Brave
Whether you are a shy person by nature or you’re naturally outgoing, it’s important to use this adventure as an opportunity to discover what our beautiful world has to discover. Put your best foot forward by looking to make connections with people along the way. Be kind to strangers and believe good things are going to happen. An adventure vacation is what you make it. So do your best to make the most of it all.