Overseas adventure travel can either be the worst or the best experience in your life. It all comes down to planning. Planning a major trip can be a big task, though. Here is your bird’s eye view to planning your adventure trip.
1. Two or more years ahead: Get an idea of your budget.
That sounds like a lot of time to spend planning an adventure overseas but setting aside enough funds takes time. Unless you are independently wealthy, you should start saving for your trip a year or two in advance. Depending on how long your trip will be and where you’re going, it can be very expensive.
2. One and a half years ahead: Determine your destination and dates.
This is the part of the planning process that’s the most fun. You get to plan where you’re going and when. ‘Where’ may not be much of a question as you may have had a lifelong desire to go to the Himalayas or some other exotic destination. Narrowing the scope of your travel is now your task. Questions like what you want to accomplish, what do you want to and see and when do you want to go are ones you’ll want answers to before committing to anything. Grab a piece of paper, your calendar, and start planning. During this phase, you’ll probably want to do a lot of Internet research on travel companies, expedition groups, and other adventure travel agencies. These organizations will be best suited to help you select and plan for your dream trip.
3. One year ahead: Book your trip, secure your passport, and get your shots.
Now that you’ve done the dreaming part of your adventure overseas, it’s time to get down to work. During this stage, narrow down your list of preferred agencies, research, and contact them to discuss overseas adventures in detail. This is the time to start getting your hands on what you need such as purchasing your tickets and booking the trip. If you do not have a U.S. passport, do not delay this important step. Being processed for a passport can take quite a while. In addition, getting your shots should not be delayed. Due to the nature of the immunization, some have an incubation period. Others, however, may remain valid for six to nine months. Inquire about the required vaccinations, and plan accordingly.
4. Ten months ahead: Purchase equipment.
Unless you will be embarking on a tennis-shoes-and-shorts-only trip, you’ll have to get your gear together. Take some time to explore outfitting stores and online catalogs for the stuff you’ll need. Experienced travelers will probably tell you to pack less clothes and more money that you think you need. Regardless of your travel adventure trip, you’ll definitely want comfortable walking shoes.
5. Six months to six days ahead: Review itinerary, research destination, confirm travel plans, and try to be patient.
When your trip is just a few months or days ahead, you’ll probably still have a lot of last minute detail planning to do. Now you will want to brush up and refresh your memory about what you’ve researched about where you’re going. Thankfully, the bulk of the work is behind you, and the excitement of your overseas adventure travel lies ahead.