Getting in shape for an adventure vacation
For most people, vacations are about luxury and relaxation. However, for health and travel enthusiasts, vacations are becoming more about a journey and adventure. The world has become a smaller place; people want to see more of it, and they don’t want to be coddled. The adventure vacation represents a way for people to push themselves and create memories that last a lifetime.
Danger has been eradicated from modern life for most people. For Americans, this is difficult; we are born of pioneers – adventure is in our DNA. Our ancestors traveled the globe to arrive here, and now we leave to seek a similar adventure to match them.
Jungles, mountains, deserts, the Arctic, and the oceans – all offer the possibility of adventure, and you can now explore and conquer on your own terms. Specialist travel companies offer packages designed to take you to your limit and then beyond.
Planning an adventure holiday is where the excitement begins – do you want to trek or sail, climb or hunt, hike or ride? An unlimited choice is yours. Different experiences can combine environments. A trip to Machu Pichu combines elements of climbing and trekking in a jungle and mountain environment. If you choose to go to Alaska, you have the forest, the mountains, the ocean, and the Arctic without leaving North America. A trip into the Amazon would most likely combine the jungle and sailing. Where will your spirit of adventure take you?
Sometimes in the excitement of booking, you may underestimate the levels of physical fitness needed to prepare for adventure vacations. Challenging yourself can never be a bad thing, but you will always enjoy the experience more if you prepare for it properly. Most adventure vacations require stamina, and this can only be developed by continued exercise. There are many ways to exercise, but you should consider matching your daily routine to the vacation activity if possible. By being active and building towards your goals, you will be best prepared when challenged on vacation.
Here are five tips for your adventure vacation:
You have chosen the place and activity, and the guides will endeavor to offer assistance to the best of their ability, but the challenge is yours and you will need to be physically capable of achieving it. The higher your personal level of fitness, the greater your chances of completing your goals. It also means that you can enjoy the moments of triumph.
It is necessary to take all precautions and have all the necessary jabs before traveling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can give complete guidance for any destination worldwide.
A controlled and planned diet will also help to prepare you for the challenge and make sure that your body is fully nourished and prepared for the physical demands to come.
You have decided to have an adventure rather than book a typical vacation. Keep strong and believe in yourself. If it was going to be easy, you would have booked something else. Setting challenges and continuing to meet them will only make you stronger.
Language and culture
Just as you have prepared your body, you should prepare your mind. Learning a little of the local languages and customs will allow you to be involved and give the best impression of yourself.
The travel guides should provide all expedition kit, but you should have a basic rucksack with all your basic needs. This should always include a water bottle, food, waterproof jacket, warm layer, torch, hat, and gloves as a minimum. This personal kit is good for any environment.
On an adventure vacation, the weather conditions can alter rapidly due to environmental factors. Even in the desert, extra layers can be needed due to temperature differences between night and day. Very breathable half-finger gloves offer support and warmth at all times; the open fingers allow for easy use of equipment and can be used in any environment.
With the right attitude, equipment, and conditioning, you should be returning from your adventure vacation and planning your next trip. Whether trekking in the Andes, surfing in Hawaii, sailing in the Caribbean, hunting in Alaska, or climbing in the Himalayas, you are keeping the American spirit of adventure alive.
The world is now smaller than it has ever been. This offers unparalleled opportunities for adventure and travel. There is no environment that you cannot encounter and conquer. Getting in shape for one adventure vacation and meeting your goals means that you are ready to take on a bigger challenge for your next vacation.