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Adventure is calling

I would guess that most people reading a blog on an adventure travel site, like myself, have at one point or another dreamed of great adventure.  Adventure like reaching the Arctic Ocean or trekking across some vast wilderness, likely due to an intrinsic wanderlust or passion for outdoor adventure and the dream of experiencing incredible remote locations. Or…maybe because you’ve always wanted to and just didn’t know where to get started.

So what's stopping you?

Well, if you’re like most folks that I have met this past year, it is likely having the time and resources, knowing where to go and how to get there, and let’s not forget the planning.  When you combine these, adventuring can seem like a daunting task or dealing with the unknown of remote travel can be downright scary

3 tips to get you over your hurdles and out on an adventure

Research doesn’t have to be difficult

The internet is full of phenomenal media outlets that can make figuring out how to get out there less daunting. The trick is to find one that works to maintain neutrality and sense of community.  Overland Bound for example professes to ensure an open and accepting community spirit – key to getting started and not getting a bad taste from bullies and trolls.

Don’t fall into “analysis paralysis”

It is very easy to keep putting off adventuring until your rig is “more capable” or “you know more about where to go” or whatever…. Adventure is out there waiting for you – don’t miss it!  You’d be very surprised how much fun you can have in a stock vehicle – any stock vehicle.  Seriously.  You just need to tailor the type of adventure to the vehicle’s capabilities (this could be a dirt bike, mountain bike, tricycle, car, truck, van, Jeep, flip flops, boots – whatever).  If you plan to do the Mojave Road (139 miles all off-road on a dirt track) for example – you probably won’t enjoy yourself in two-wheel drive passenger car.  However, it also doesn’t take a highly modified 4×4 either – which is what most people who haven’t done it believe.  The key here, to quote Nike, “just do it” – experience and learn.

Do a trip that is just on the edge of your comfort zone 

*Or seek assistance from someone that can guide you (insert shameless BRV plug here)

This is a lesson I have learned over time, and I’ll be writing soon on how this impacted my Baja 1000 trip this past November.  By nature, certain members of my family are trip planners to the nth degree; and yes, there is certainly a place for that and it is needed… But sometimes you just need to flow and see what happens.  Some of my favorite trips started with loose plans and led to incredible unplanned adventures.

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