HOW TO PLAN AN ADVENTURE VACATION
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How To Plan An Adventure Vacation
Are you tired of spending your vacations visiting friends and
relatives, or sitting in front of the television set? Do you want to
experience something unique on your next vacation, something exotic
or interesting that you'll never forget? It's not nearly as difficult
as one may expect, nor as expensive. Do-it-yourself adventure travel
is much cheaper and easier than travel agencies would have you
believe. Follow the steps outlined and your next vacation could be
the most exciting and rewarding time of your life.
First, Set A Goal
Don't watch movies like Indiana Jones and the X-Files solely for
their entertainment value, watch them for vacation ideas! Read
magazines like Escape, Big World, and National Geographic's Adventure
to get a taste of what's out there. Once you've settled on your
vacation goal, write it down and post it where you'll see it
everyday. This will serve as a reminder, and help to keep you
Second, Find An Association
Associations are probably the single, best sources of information
available. Most of them have archive collections, a newsletter or
magazine, and an expert staff willing to answer your questions.
Several associations exist for adventure travel. These include the
Royal Geographical Society, South American Explorer's, Himalayan
Explorer's Club, and the National Geographic Society, just to name a
few. To find an association appropriate to your needs, go to
the library and ask the librarian for the Encyclopedia of
Associations, or conduct an internet search. Once you've found an
association, pay the membership dues (usually between $20 and $50 a
year) and contact them about your adventure. Tell them what you are
going to do and ask for information on flights, visa requirements,
transportation within the country, places to sleep, recommended
guidebooks, or anything else you'll need to know. Write down this
information and post it next to your goal statement.
Third, Determine How Much Money You'll Need
With the help of an association and guidebook, you can figure out how
much your adventure vacation will cost. What is the exchange rate for
the country you will be visiting? What is the average cost of hotels,
transportation, and meals? How much is round-trip airfare? Once
you've determined the total sum, start saving a percentage of your
money from each paycheck.
Fourth, Get Your Gear
Make a list of all the things you think you'll need, then cut that
list in half. Don't forget the essentials: passport, visa, traveler's
checks, tickets, extra clothes, credit/ATM cards, an address
book, and eyeglasses, contacts, or medical prescriptions.
Fifth, The Adventure!
Well, it's time for your vacation and everything's ready. You are
about to have an experience you'll never forget, and what most people
only dream of. Bien viaje!
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