Adventure travel usually includes traveling out of your comfort zone and experiencing a physical activity of some kind. That could mean leisurely biking and hiking in the mountains, BASE jumping into an underground cave or something in between. The traveler decides her experience.
Whatever you want to do, here are four pro tips from adventure bloggers to help you start planning your excursion:
1. Pick a destination
You have a world of options. Sebastian Canaves, blogger of Off The Path, recommends considering one of these 23 winter escapes, or you can get some inspiration from adventure movies recommended by Linda and David Stock from Divergent Travelers.
You can also talk to a travel agent who specializes in adventure travel to plan out a trip that fits your personality and budget.
2. Get physical
Does walking 15,000 steps a day sound like an adventure to you? Lots of travel bloggers emphasize the benefits of walking to sightsee. For example, Becki Enright on her blog Borders of Adventure writes guides for traveling on foot.
But if you are having a hard time deciding on your level of adventure, Laurel Robbins, founder of Monkeys and Mountains, has a short quiz to find out what type of hiking vacation is best for you.
3. Pack light
Less stuff equals greater flexibility to adventure. Even if packing light isn’t your cup of tea, keeping costs low should be. Divergent Travelers have of resources on where to buy gear and travel insurance for the most affordable price.
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4. Be respectful
It is important to be aware and respectful of cultural customs wherever you travel. For example, Nellie Huang of Wild Junket writes about always removing shoes when entering a private home in Japan. No matter where you go, Alesha Bradford and Jarryd Salem of NOMADasaurus recommend doing your research before the trip to be a good global citizen.