So you're thinking of trading in the family road trips, lazy beachside vacations and strictly structured cruises of your youth for something a little more adventurous. Maybe you're thinking of getting off the beaten track and trying some backwoods camping. Maybe you want to go hiking in a more extreme environment or a more distant location. It doesn't have to be wilderness to be an adventure. Backpacking across Europe with mainly your wits and your whimsy to guide you can certainly be an adventure all its own. The point is this; you're about to try something a little crazy but you don't want to get in too much trouble. Here are a few things to get done before you go haring off into the blue.
First of all, make sure you've done your research. If you're planning to go back-country hiking, you may need a permit. If you're planning to stay in a country for a long time, you may need a visa. Adventures are meant to be spontaneous, but you don't want to find yourself spontaneously in jail or packed off home without ever getting the chance to see the things you wanted to see.
Packing and Provisions
Part of doing your research is making sure that you've packed all the provisions you need. For camping trips you want to be sure you have enough food and clean water for your trip. Even if you're not going to be in the wilderness, it's not a bad idea to pack greens powder, Vitamin C or other daily supplements to make sure you stay healthy through your whole trip. You also want to be sure to pack enough clothes for your whole stay but you may also need some special equipment.
Special equipment isn't just for people climbing mountains and heading into bear territory. You need special equipment for city life as well. For example, a bus or rail pass can be a real life saver when you're on an urban adventure. If you're in a foreign country and you don't speak the language, having a phrasebook or a translation app on your phone is essential. In fact, if you're outside the range of your usual mobile provider, you want to make sure to get a phone or sim card that works where you are.
Going on an adventure can be ruined by poor planning that causes bad things to happen to you while you're traveling but it can also be ruined by bad things that happen back home. That's why it's important to arrange for someone to look after your house, especially if you have pets or plants, and even more so if you're going to be gone for a long time. It's going to be hard to enjoy your adventure if you're constantly worried about whether your home is still standing, and there's nothing worse than coming home to find that something terrible happened while you were away.
Itinerary and Check-Ins
For this reason, it's important that even the most spontaneous adventures have some kind of itinerary, even if it's just a loose one. It's a good idea, especially if you're going to be gone for a long period, say a month or more, to arrange for someone to check on your home, but also to check on you. Wilderness adventurers should make a point to set check-ins with trusted friends or family, so if something happens to you they can send out search parties within a reasonable period. Adventures are about taking some risks, but the risks should be controlled, for your sake and for the sake of those who care about you. Itineraries and check-ins are a good way to mitigate those risks.
Going on an adventure can be a life-changing experience but it doesn't have to be a dangerous one, as long as you plan for it correctly. Do your research, make a plan and be sure to have all the equipment you need before you go.
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