By its very nature, an adventure vacation requires a lot of planning. The more adventurous you’re going to be, the more you will have to think about in terms of what to pack and how to ensure your trip runs smoothly. Adventure might refer to the activities you plan on doing, or it might simply reflect your travel style. For me, it’s a mix of the two. The most adventurous trips are not all-inclusive. They’re one-way flights, a flexible route and a long list of unique experiences to try out.
Some of my biggest adventures include scuba diving in the currents of Komodo, boarding down the side of a volcano, and camping among lions in the Serengeti. Each of these experiences required a lot of forethought, the purchase of some specialist equipment, a good insurance policy and some extensive research to make sure I was choosing reliable and eco-friendly companies.
UNDER THE SEA
The ocean is so vast there are still plenty of completely unexplored territories. While it may not yet be possible to delve into its deepest trenches, there are thousands of incredible sites across the world for scuba divers, freedivers and even snorkellers. Places like Utila in Honduras and Koh Tao in Thailand offer amazingly cheap courses and a selection of dive specialties, including wreck diving and deep dives. Try scuba at night and perhaps you’ll even be lucky enough to experience the wonders of bioluminescent plankton.
Sailing is another hugely popular pastime. Sailing holidays don’t have to be prohibitively expensive, and there are some wonderful locations, including the Whitsundays in Australia and the Galapagos Islands. It takes some time to get your sea legs, and you might be surprised by how much sailboats lean, but there’s no feeling more relaxing than being out on the open ocean.
In terms of packing, the number one factor to consider is whether or not you can keep things dry. Waterproof cameras are a must, as are dry bags for things like chargers. Many boats don’t actually have a power source, so it’s also worth considering marine solar panels. These are especially good if you know you want to spend the majority of each day capturing beautiful footage.
Although it’s more accessible, the land offers such a huge variety of environments that there are hundreds of activities to choose from. Camping, hiking, spelunking, climbing, rapelling, rafting and cycling have been around for a long time, while advances in technology are aiding the development of more and more unique pieces of adventure equipment. Activities once reserved for specialists are now easily accessible, including skydiving, and even wingsuit base jumping.
My interest in exploring the natural world began at the age of 11, in and around the gorgeous National Parks of the United States, but over the years I’ve progressed from hiking Yosemite to piloting a stunt plane, rafting raging rapids and scaling massive waterfalls.
To prepare myself for these trips, I make sure I have the appropriate vaccinations and some very reliable travel insurance that specifies the limitations of each activity. I always choose companies with great safety records and reviews and I make sure I read up on the type of equipment required. Water boots are great for scuba, but they’re also good for kayaking, surfing, rafting or canyoning. A good pair of walking boots is really important if you’re planning on a big hike. You may also need to consider items like water purification tablets or altitude sickness pills.
Having said this, you can almost always buy or rent these items in the destination where your activity will be taking place, and sometimes this will save you a lot of money, not to mention the effort of lugging things around.
Wherever you plan on going, keep someone back home informed of your plans. With so many adventurous activities in the pipeline, it will be virtually impossible to stop telling everyone about them, so this shouldn’t be too difficult!