Whether you want to cross the globe or just get out for a day on your bike, you need to make a plan. It doesn’t matter where, how, or when you’ll do it: even if you are not going for long, just make one.
Here are five tips for planning trips
The time you spend thinking about your adventure will pay off when you are having the adventure. Write it out, type it up, and collect clippings of research. Preparation now will save you hours later. Mind maps are a great way to get your thoughts down, and heeding the advice others will help no end.
Let people know where you are headed
Ideally, leave them a copy of your route and at least tell them the waypoints. For longer trips, inform rescue services and agree times with your family that you’ll be in touch.
Danger is exciting. But how much can you flirt with it before you get hurt? There really isn’t anyway of telling, no logic or probability to consider. But putting yourself in the path of armed conflict, even onto the damaged ground of a country recently scarred by war is ill advised. Or are we missing something? Is war zone tourism extreme enough for you?
I’m sure you have some answers, but for us it’s a matter of definition: What is a war zone? What is too dangerous? And ultimately, who decides?
Let’s start with definitions: If a war zone is a place where war is happening right now, then it’s too dangerous to visit. But just because you’re told a country is a war zone, don’t be scared off visiting, just start investigating further. Perhaps find out if the whole country/region is affected, then establish which areas are safe and what is the true risk, not just the perceived risk.
There are people climbing in parts of Afghanistan right now, without body armour. And Georgia, a place of ongoing fighting between the Russian army and Chechen rebels, is not off the adventure travel map either. So would you still go?
Made up of 322 islands, Fiji’s main tourist metropolis is situated within the Yasawa group of islands. Arriving in Fiji it’s relatively easy to book accommodation and island trips, however due to the influx of travellers its normally advised that you pre book your island accommodation in advance. All flights head into Nadi, the third largest town on Viti Levu Island. From here it’s easy to head yonder to paradise; alternatively, you can explore the town centre, a bustling reflection of little India.
Most backpackers stay in Nadir for a night or two, eager to escape the crowded atmosphere for a piece of paradise. Paradise it certainly is, a real contrast from the bustling Asian beaches and the cosmopolitan beaches that wait in L.A. Nevertheless, if you’ve stopped off at Fiji it is likely encompass the wow factor of your trip, if simply for the sunsets and hammocks alone.
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