Adventure travel is gaining popularity in America and throughout the world. From photo safaris in Africa to hiking expeditions in the Alps to whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon, travelers cannot seem to get enough excitement.
No matter where you go or what you want to do, remember that getting the best price often requires negotiation. For best results, invest in negotiation training beforehand. With solid negotiation skills you can do more than save money on this one trip; you may never pay full price for a travel package again.
Taking an adventure vacation can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips as you begin.
Identify Your Goals
What do you want to do? Make a list of the activities you would like to do and the experiences you want to have. This is brainstorming, so anything goes.
Next, pare down your list to the top three or four. Now group together activities that naturally go with your top picks. For example, learning a sport from a different culture may pair well with a photo safari because you can do both in the same location. Rafting, ziplining and completing a tree-top ropes course are also good matches. Backcountry camping goes with many outdoor activities.
This is one of the most crucial and fun aspects of the planning process. Choose one or two of the activities from the brainstorming step and put them into a search engine. Visit several of the sites uncovered by the search. Look into both aggregate sites and individual company sites.
Check out reviews. Remember to read the comments and explanations, not just look at the numerical ratings. Pay attention only to the aspects that matter to you. For instance, a trip may receive a bad review from someone who wished there were more child-friendly activities. If you are not traveling with kids, that will likely not affect you. However, if you notice a pattern of complaints about guides being late or outdated safety equipment, you may want to cross that travel company off your list.
As you search, compare packages to a la carte selections. Packages are generally more affordable and convenient, but you may prefer a more customized approach. You can add time to the beginning or end of any package, or string two tours together if that suits your needs best.
Do not underestimate the power of networking. Let family, friends and colleagues know what you want to do and ask for input. You never know who may have relevant knowledge. Travel agents can offer experience and advice; you are not obligated to purchase from them.
Flexibility is key to affordability. Be ready to book a different date than you had originally intended. Off-season travel often affords the best deals.
Adaptability pays off in other arenas as well. Be ready to change to an alternate destination to get a better deal. Raft through Canyonlands National Park rather than the Grand Canyon and you can save thousands.
One of the priciest aspects of travel can be accommodations. If you do not need chocolates left on your pillow, choose a three- or four-star hotel over its five-star counterpart and spend half as much. Or select lodging a few miles away from the main attraction. A half-hour drive can save you hundreds, and you may discover hidden gems along the way.
Get In On Special Deals
Sometimes, signing up for loyalty programs or joining email lists can alert you to upcoming sales. Some firms run unadvertised specials, so contact firms periodically to ask about current and future offers.
Buy in Bulk
Adventure travel tends to be more fun with friends, so invite your buddies to come along. You may qualify for a group discount. With a large enough group, the tour organizer — that’s you — may be able to travel free.
Active vacations help you discover the wonders around you and the strength inside you. Follow these tips and you do not need to break the bank to have the trip of a lifetime.
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