So you’re sitting in work again, bored and day-dreaming about your next big adventure. First you are hiking through the glacial peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, then you’re husky sledding through some untouched arctic wilderness, kayaking down lazy tropical rivers, and suddenly you’re jolted back into reality by the ping of an email. How do you get from the almost overwhelming dreaming phase to actually selecting a destination and beginning some concrete planning?
1. Get Inspired
Before you start narrowing down your list of possibilities, it’s important to do some research and see what’s out there. Especially if you are not super-experience in adventure travel, you might be selling yourself short if you settle for locations or activities that are already familiar to you. Check out some of my favourite travel books to see what’s out there waiting for you!
2. Make a list
The world is a big, big place and the number of possible adventures pretty limitless. But once you start committing to actually writing down destinations and activities, you will find that there are some particular things that you are drawn to. In the early stages of planning I like to have two separate lists, one of the top destinations I’m attracted to at that time and other of the activities I’m keen to undertake. You will probably find when you try and merge the two lists you quickly eliminate a lot of possibilities and are left with a short list of awesome places and plans.
3. Make a timeline
It’s so easy to come up with an incredible plan, one that makes your tummy flutter just thinking about it. But then it’s so easy to just close your notebook, or stick it in a drawer and not do anything about it. You still have the comfort of knowing you have a plan and for some people that’s where the story ends. Don’t be one of them! Make a concrete timeframe. If it’s a short break, submit your request for holidays and start telling people where you are going. If it’s a longer trip start making a timeline of actions that need to be completed to allow you to go. And start telling people about it! It’s incredible the motivating power of sharing your dreams and plans with others.
4. Make a budget
Some countries are cheaper than others, and certain activities require more ore-planning and saving than others. But until you start researching costs and drafting a budget, you won’t be able to start saving towards your dream. For top tips on creating (and sticking to!) a travel budget, check out our Budget section.