It’s time to leave the comfort of your home and go on an adventure. Are you ready? Prepare yourself, for it will happen just like it does in stories. There will be blissful times and rough times, challenges to meet and people to guide you on your way. You will be ushered into a new and exotic world filled with chance meetings and amazing discoveries. You can bet you’ll go home with a few stories to tell.
While you can never plan a true adventure, there are a few guidelines that will help create the experience you desire and get you home in one piece as well. These tips should get you pointed in the right direction:
Be Courageous. The first key to adventure travel is to do things that require courage. If it gets you out of your comfort zone, do it! This means different things to different people, but if you follow what scares you (while maintaining a healthy degree of safety) you are bound to have an exciting and joyous experience.
Be Spontaneous. Have a plan? Great. Now do something else. You are invited on an adventure every day, whether you’re aware of it or not. The reason most people miss it is because they’re too caught in their plan–whether for that particular day or the entire year–and don’t even notice the invitation. Simply following what comes to you spontaneously is another essential aspect of adventure travel. Don’t worry, it gets easier with practice.
Be Open. Most people who have had real traveling adventures will tell you that human beings all over the world are remarkably kind, generous and openhearted. Yes, you have to be aware so that you’re not caught by the odd person who might want to take advantage of you, but the necessity to protect yourself against these sorts of people is far over-emphasized. Most people simply want to connect, share, and give–most of the time without expecting anything in return. If you can connect with the locals on a fundamental level, your exploration is sure to be as fulfilling as you desire.
Be Generous. One of the best parts of traveling for adventure is the connections you make, both with the locals and with other travelers. The easiest way to begin a connection is by sharing. A spare banana, paperback book, or some of your time and attention can go a long way in bridging gaps and creating connections. Generosity also inspires the same feeling in other people, so a banana may even become an offer of a home cooked meal and a paperback book could turn into an evening of stories.
Be Happy. Adventure travel has its challenges. Getting out of your comfort zone isn’t easy. Remember to keep an attitude of acceptance even when things get tough, and remember that it’s all part of your adventure–it’s what you came here for!