WIN­TER ES­CAPES

You don't need an ex­cuse to es­cape

Adventure - - Contents -

This is not about what to take – what in­sur­ance to use - what wa­ter to drink, this is a set of tips to get the very most out of any trip and it starts in­side your head.

1. Smile and be open. Ad­ven­ture travel is about op­por­tu­nity, pos­si­bil­ity and dis­cov­ery. The high­lights of an ad­ven­ture are of­ten ac­ci­den­tal and can only be found by be­ing open, smil­ing, look­ing peo­ple in the eyes and say­ing ‘yes’ to op­por­tu­ni­ties, peo­ple, and places.

2. The At­trac­tion of Like. In this crazy mixed up world be­lieve in the kind­ness of oth­ers. Ap­proach each des­ti­na­tion with con­fi­dence and be­liev­ing in the best of peo­ple- ok don’t be stupid but re­mem­ber ‘like at­tracts like’.

3. In­ter­act. Follow what you are pas­sion­ate about and use it to open doors and build bridges. If you love vol­ley­ball join in with the lo­cals on the beach. Play gui­tar or har­mon­ica? Find some­where to play with lo­cals.

4. Pack light. Trav­el­ing light not only makes life eas­ier it gives you ground cred­its which means it al­lows you to make bet­ter on-the-ground choices – no huge bags to worry out. You need to be bru­tal when pack­ing, the key phrase is, ‘if in doubt chuck it out?’ It’s a good idea to pack clothes or gear that you can give­away.

5. Be lo­cal. Be re­spect­ful at all times, but be cu­ri­ous. En­gage. Seek out where the lo­cals go and hang out. Go to the lo­cal mar­ket, buy lo­cal food, ask how it is pre­pared. Eat where the lo­cals eat. Take part in lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

6. Take lots of pho­tos BUT Cap­tur­ing those mo­ments will give you mem­o­ries for a life­time and great brag­ging rights on so­cial me­dia– but don’t let the tak­ing of the im­age be more im­por­tant than en­joy­ing the mo­ment.

7. Do some­thing Ad­ven­tur­ous. Climb, swim, hike, skate, ski, sail ,bike. Build sweat eq­uity with a des­ti­na­tion and it for­ever be­comes a part of you. The more hu­man pow­ered you can be; bike, tuk tuk, walk, the more you will see the de­tails and it’s the de­tails we re­mem­ber most. Don’t for­get to stop of­ten.

8. Read and lis­ten. Read about the lo­ca­tion; it does not need to be from a travel guide, it can be a novel about that coun­try, that lo­ca­tion. So many ad­di­tional in­sights, places, un­der­stand­ing of cul­tures, ac­tiv­i­ties can be taken on board by just read­ing a book set at a spe­cific lo­ca­tion. Read the The Far Pavil­ions By MM Kaye and you'll want to visit north­ern In­dia!

9. Go some­where new. Africa, Alaska, Colom­bia, Green­land, Myanmar… There has never been a bet­ter time to be a trav­eller. To­day, so many rarely travelled coun­tries are safe and se­cure, sta­ble, and open to ad­ven­ture trav­ellers.

10. Lastly don’t wait. As Tim Fer­ris put it – (Au­thor of the 4 hours work week). ‘What the worst that can hap­pen?’ There’s al­ways a rea­son to post­pone. So book a trip - just com­mit, you won’t re­gret it. Travel can be very af­ford­able; the only thing not af­ford­able is the time you lose by wait­ing. Whether you have a week, 2 weeks a month or a year, there’s a trip that’s right for you.

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