ome people can afford to stop working , fly off to India , throw on a backpack and inadequate sun protection , and merrily “ find themselves ” for three years or so . Others of us cannot . However , amazing adventures do not have to have you paying through the nose . Whether you ’ re looking to immerse yourself in the new and the unknown or are looking for an amazing one-off experience , there can be as much adventure in simplicity as in extravagance .
MAKE A LOCAL CONTACT
HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
It ’ s no fun sitting and making lists of all the things that can go wrong . But if you ’ re going off the beaten path , then losing your phone or your wallet or purse can create a whole host of problems which can be quite overwhelming , especially if you have no way of paying for transportation or contacting people who can help you . For some of us , it may be that working out how to get from a remote village to an airport and then back home without a phone , money , or passport is the adventure holiday of a lifetime . However , if that doesn ’ t appeal to you , make sure that you have a way to contact loved ones ( and for them to send you money !) if something goes wrong . +
Whether you ’ ve already got friends out in Brazil or are looking to get to know someone in North Wales before you arrive , having a bit of local knowledge on your side is invaluable . Not only can this information tell you things that tourist guides often do not but they can also help you get a genuine firsthand experience of the culture and the community that you ’ re visiting . Staying for at least one night with a local family will set your adventure apart from a normal tourist holiday . However , be extremely careful and take sensible precautions . Use verified websites which use authentic vetting procedures . Bear in mind that there are shady characters in all parts of the world and due caution may save your life .
WORK OUT WHAT SORT OF ADVENTURE YOU WANT
It might sound simple , but time and time again , people seek thrills and end up doing completely the wrong thing . Some people look for an adventure of culture and discovery and set out to see the pyramids , but they end up staying in a fancy hotel with the taxi ride being the most adventurous thing they end up doing . There ’ s nothing wrong with that , but if you were looking for an exciting desert adventure , a tourist resort in Cairo isn ’ t right for you . Make sure you ’ ve researched the difference between a cosmopolitan week in Sao Paolo and a life-changing trek through the rain forests .