Ten Tips for Adventure Travel

1. Be open.  Adven­ture trav­el is about pos­si­bil­i­ty, dis­cov­ery, and delight. The high­lights of an adven­ture are often unplanned and can only be dis­cov­ered by being open, smil­ing wide, and say­ing yes to oppor­tu­ni­ties, peo­ple, and places.


2. Be brave.  Believe in the kind­ness of strangers. Pro­ceed with opti­mism and con­fi­dence and you shall be reward­ed handsomely.

3. Pack light. Bring less stuff.  Trav­el­ing light allows you to make bet­ter on-the-ground choic­es. Be bru­tal. Do you real­ly need it? Pack clothes or gear that you can gift.

4. Go native.  Be respect­ful at all times, but be curi­ous. Engage. Wear local garb. Be col­or­ful. Go to the local mar­ket and make friends. Eat where the locals eat. Take part in local festivals.

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5. Inter­act. Pur­sue your pas­sion to open doors and build bridges. Do you love soc­cer? Find a pick­up game. Do you love to cook? Spend time inter­act­ing at the mar­ket. Love to play music? Find some­where to jam with locals.


6. Cre­ate + Share. Cap­ture the essence of your expe­ri­ence and share it with oth­ers. Tell a sto­ry that inspires oth­er peo­ple to trav­el and care about peo­ple and place.

7. Do some­thing active. There is no bet­ter, or more sus­tain­able way to expe­ri­ence a des­ti­na­tion than through human-pow­ered adven­ture. Build sweat equi­ty with a des­ti­na­tion and it for­ev­er becomes a part of you. Walk or bike and take in small details. Stop often.


8. Read and lis­ten to local. Trav­el with a local nov­el, or book of poems. To be read­ing a book in situ can pro­vide per­spec­tive and depth in both direc­tions. Make a local music store the first stop, engage with the staff and walk out with a sound­track and some beta on where to hear the best live music.

9. Go some­where new. Ethiopia, Colom­bia, Green­land, Myan­mar… There has nev­er been a bet­ter time to be an adven­tur­ist. Today, so many infre­quent­ly trav­eled coun­tries are safe, sta­ble, and open to adven­ture trav­el­ers that the only real wor­ry is choos­ing where to go first.


10. Go. Just Go. There’s always a rea­son to post­pone. But don’t do that. Book a trip. Com­mit. You won’t regret it. Adven­ture trav­el can be very afford­able, with extra­or­di­nary expe­ri­ences avail­able at every price point. Whether you have a week or 6 months, there’s a trip that’s right for you. Not going is the only thing you’ll regret.

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