An adventure holiday is all about thrills and spills. Getting wet, getting tired and getting out in the middle of nowhere. It can be one of the most exhilarating, exhausting experiences you can have. Which means that it also usually requires a good deal of preparation. It’s not the kind of holiday to have on a whim. Instead, you should take a look at the points below to make sure you got everything you need.
The right place
First, you need to have an idea of where you’re going. Thankfully, there are a lot of really great adventure holiday spots in the US alone. The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley offer some of the most breathtaking sights you can get; that elevation taking your view far across the landscape. Yellowstone doesn’t only have fantastic geysers. It also gives the opportunity to safely see wolves in their natural environment, too. It’s well worth taking the time to be picky about your destination rather than just heading to your nearest white water rafting setup.
The right stuff
You need to make sure you’re preparing more than just how to get there and where to go, too. For one, always prepare insurance. Adventure holidays are never without their risks. A first aid kit should always be with you, too. Things you should leave behind instead include expensive jewelry that’s easily lost or too much cash. Pack mostly for necessity.
If you really want to get the most out of an adventure holiday, you want to stay for more than one night. You want to get as much from the natural landscape as possible. This means that the whole camping experience is almost mandatory. Whether it’s tents around a campfire or a more comfortable stay in an RV. This means preparing your camping gear. Learning what the weather will be like beforehand and any repellents you might need.
Some walking shoes
We could have included it in the points above, but we feel like being prepared for long, hard walks deserves its own emphasis. Particularly because of some of the amazing walking trails you’re able to see are in the US. We’ve already talked about the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. However, if it’s a hike you want, you really need to take a look at the Hayduke Trail. Red rocks, sand and solitude make it one of the most simultaneously zen and exhausting walks you can find.
Oh yes, prepare to get exhausted! Adventure holidays will leave you sore and tired. That’s all part of the fun. But it’s a lot less fun if you’re not prepared for it. Particularly if you’re forced to cut a hike early because you can’t make the entire trail. So don’t go on an adventure holiday without the right physical preparation. Spend some time training for it.
Indeed, it can be a lot of preparation. But it’s worth it. Just a bit of planning, a bit of work and you can enjoy the kind of experiences that far too many miss.
See you in the wild,
*This post was contributed.