Now might not be the time you’re necessarily thinking about your next vacation, but maybe it should be. Prices are low as demand is down because of the coronavirus pandemic, so if you’re planning far enough in the future, this could be a good time to think about traveling later on.
If you want to arrange an adventure vacation, whether that means you’re going on a bike tour, hiking an inactive volcano, or exploring a rainforest, the following are some tips and things to know.
Decide on a Destination
One of the first things you should do if you want an adventure vacation is picking a destination.
If you choose your destination first, then you can build your trip around that, rather than the other way around.
As you’re choosing a destination, you’ll want to think about health and safety, and any precautions you may need to take before you travel and while you’re there. There may also be political issues you should be aware of before traveling.
If you need some inspiration, you might want to check out National Geographic or Lonely Planet.
As you’re choosing your destination, you need to think about not only what will satisfy your desire for adventure, but also the logistics.
Is it difficult to get there in terms of flights? Are there limited flights to the area? Will you be faced with several connections?
What does the country require for you to enter as far as documentation?
Once you land, how will you get from place-to-place? Will you need to rent a car?
Right now, if you’re booking a vacation of any time, you want to try and plan it so that you’re far enough out from the coronavirus outbreak. This can be tricky, so before you actually pay for anything or book anything, you might want to make sure the companies you’re booking with have a flexible cancellation or change policy.
Beyond thinking about current events, you’ll want to consider climate and seasonal pricing as well as crowding when you’re deciding what time of year to go on your trip.
For example, if your goal is to mountain bike through a desert, that’s probably going to be pretty tough if the temperatures are too high. If you want to go rafting, you need to try and plan your trip at a time when the rivers aren’t too high.
You can do some general research about what to expect during any given time of year, even though, of course, you can’t entirely predict the weather.
Some of the more popular adventure destinations book up years in advance during their high season, so keep that in mind too.
Typically, if your goal is an adventure-based vacation, then the activities you’re doing are going to be a big priority.
You might want to pick one activity to focus on, or you might want to do a general adventure trip where you do several different kinds of activities.
For people who are set on adventure travel, it can often be best to do it with a group. This gives you access to guides who are familiar with the area and the activities, and they can help you make the most of your trip while also staying safe.
You should look for outfitters that have a great reputation with their travelers, and perhaps that are certified or members of industry organizations. Some of the industry organizations to look for are the American Mountain Guides Association, America Outdoors, or the Adventure Travel Trade Association.
As you’re comparing group travel options, compare not only their record and reputation but also the price.
Sometimes group travel programs will advertise a low price, but then many of the extra costs are left out of the equation.
For example, taxes, fees, and gratuities may all be things you need to include in your budget.
If you’re going to travel with a group, you need to choose one that’s appropriate for your ability level. Some groups can go on very intense excursions, and if you’re not able to do that, it can be dangerous for you.
If you’re unsure, ask before you book.
Finally, it’s a good idea to get travel insurance anytime you’re traveling, but especially if you’re going on an adventure trip.
Otherwise, you might be paying out-of-pocket if you need medical care in a foreign country, and even minor injuries can mean thousands of dollars are spent.