adventure travelActive travel comes in many forms: biking through Italy’s wine country, white water rafting in Costa Rica, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro and everything in between.  Despite the variation in intensity, these trips share a common bond. Whether you’re a novice or a virtual pro, you must adequately prepare for your adventure vacation or it’s likely to take its toll on both your body and your adventurous spirit.

You need to consider what types of activities you will be participating in and estimate how much time you will spend doing them.  If you are creating a customized trip, tailor it to fit your needs and abilities. For instance, you can start off with easier routes and work your way up to the longest walk or the most difficult rapid. If you’re participating in a group tour for which the itinerary is predetermined, you (or better yet your travel planner) can contact the tour company to obtain these details. If you are going on a group trip, ask the organizer for answers to these important questions:

  • What is the breakdown of distance and intensity each day? For tours that include walking, biking, hiking and the like, this includes both the mileage and the terrain (pavement vs. more “off road” as well as inclines vs. flat or downhill). For water activities such as rafting and kayaking, check on the level of rapids as well as the distance you will be going.
  • What type of accommodations will you have each night? The quality of sleep and relaxation you get on your down time might be quite different if you’re camping out each night as compared to sleeping in a quality hotel or a nice B&B. Knowing this ahead of time can help you prepare mentally and practically in knowing what to bring.
  • What will the temperatures be like at this time of year and what type of clothing and footwear will you need?
  • Do you need any special equipment? If so do they favor specific brands or types? Where can you purchase these and what critical information do you need to know when choosing the one that best suits you?
  • Are regular meals worked into the schedule, or do you need to bring your own snacks, meal replacement bars and water? Be sure to plan accordingly, you don’t want to be a burden to your fellow travelers because you failed to bring enough food and water to sustain yourself. How much water will you need? The general recommendation is 64 ounces a day. If you are active, you should drink even more, as suggested by Web MD.

Get the answers to these important questions. Then prepare and pack accordingly, and you’re bound to get the adventure you’re hoping for.

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About The Author

Maya Northen is the owner of Chimera Travel, a travel planning company that creates customized itineraries for individuals and groups. She is also the editor-in-chief of TraveLuxe, a luxury travel e-magazine. She has traveled to six continents (all but Antarctica) and specializes in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Adventure Travel and Luxury Travel. In addition to her experience in the travel industry, Maya has a background in science and health. She received her B.S. in kinesiology from Indiana University and worked for 5 years in corporate health and fitness. She also has an M.S. in International Marketing and completed a two year course through Bryan Travel College.

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