After almost two years of putting plans on ice, many of us are looking forward to being able to travel more and unleash our adventurous side in 2022. If you are thinking about planning an action-packed outdoor adventure, here are some top tips.
The first step to take when organizing a trip is to choose a suitable destination. Check travel restrictions and consider how far you want to travel and how long you want to be away for. Choose a location that fits with the kind of itinerary you want to plan. Research activities, tours and excursions, and search for destinations that will enable you to try pursuits or sports that interest you. It’s a good idea to read reviews and get ideas from people with similar interests who have traveled extensively. You can read blogs and join social media groups to gather information and get recommendations.
Planning your itinerary
When planning an itinerary for your trip, it’s wise to leave some time for spontaneous excursions or activities, as well as making concrete plans in advance. Research permits if you plan to hike, fish or camp and find out more about the local area. Try to find recommendations and advice from locals or people who have already visited the region, as this will help you decide what to do and how to spend your time. Planning ahead can save time and ensure that you are ready to make the most of your trip as soon as you arrive. It can also help you to avoid disappointment if you do need a permit to access parks or reserves.
Adventure vacations in New Zealand, Iceland, Canada or US national parks are very different from going to a resort in Pranburi or jetting off to a remote island in the Caribbean or the Indian Ocean. Consider the location, the terrain, the weather conditions and the activities you have planned when drawing up a packing list. Check the forecast before you travel and ensure that you have all the essentials. Pack the kit and equipment you require for outdoor activities, plenty of warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable, sturdy shoes. Make sure you have a first aid kit, a water bottle, flashlights and a portable charger. If you’re camping out, choose a tent that is suitable for the conditions and the setting.
Outdoor adventures are exhilarating, but they can be dangerous. Safety should always be a priority when organizing an adventure break. Make sure you have the relevant safety equipment, let people know where you’re going and when you plan to return, take a supply of any medications you take with you, charge your phone and carry a map, flashlight and compass. Assess the weather before you head out and take heed of warnings and advisory notices.
After a long period of travel restrictions, many of us are looking forward to making plans in the new year. If you’re eager to fill the diary with outdoor adventures, it’s wise to plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need for a memorable trip.