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Adventure ramble

Adventure calling – How to start your first journey

When I think about adventure travelling, or when simply someone asks me for my opinion, I’d say that I have not always been into this kind of travelling. It got into my blood after some time. I wouldn’t dare saying that ordinary travels have become repetitive and tedious; it’s just that adventures give you more opportunities, richer experiences, tastier tastes and freer freedom.

I wouldn’t dare saying that ordinary travels have become repetitive and tedious; it’s just that adventures give you more opportunities, richer experiences, tastier tastes and freer freedom.

This is me talking, it’s my point of view and I accept when others think differently, but I would also urge them to consider breaking free from their usual pattern and checking out what’s out there.

So, this text is for those who think like me and for those who lack courage to make their first step into an adventurous journey.

Imagine your adventure!

Imagine your adventure!

Travel Inspiration

Let’s say that the first step consists out of two parts and the first one is definitely inspiration.

Inspiration was never a problem for me, and if it is for you and you cannot think of where to go or are puzzled with options and everything seems equally luring and promising, then just grab the book closest to you at this moment, open it and choose the first country name that comes. It can be a travel guide, or if you are more a Kindle fan then choose a book that is still on your to-read list. Let the chance take you to a new place. It can be Google for that matter. Close your eyes, click a letter randomly and let the search engine guide you.

Open it and choose the first country name that comes

Here I am, alive and well, full of impressions, beautiful photos and impressive memories – so there’s no reason why you cannot do the same. You might not believe me, and for that reason I’ll prove you otherwise. If there are other thoughts that hinder your decision on setting out on an adventure, I hope you’ll be free of them by the time you reach the final sentence of this text.

Inspire yourself and find your own way of traveling!

Inspire yourself and find your own way of traveling!

Traveling on a budget

The second part of the first step is money.

You might say, “Yes, but you certainly have extra money.”I have some money of course, there’s no travel without it, but it’s far from the truth that you need a fortune for a memorable travel. A few hundreds of dollars can be saved if you study the ways in which one can arrive at a destination. For example, there are charter flights, last minute offers that are much cheaper so as to fill empty seats on the plane (my friend got a $2 return ticket Belgrade -Pairs last year, booked it one day before the flight). There is also the option of not taking the direct flight to a place you’ve imagined and taking a bus or a train the rest of the way. These are some money saving strategies that work like a charm. In addition to that, saving money this way will bring about invaluable experiences, unforgettable encounters, and irreplaceable images together with indispensable knowledge.

Travel locally if you are really low on money, but for god's sake - travel!

Travel locally if you are really low on money, but for god’s sake – travel!

Just one fact to mention, if traveling by your own transport, and if you are a bike enthusiast like me, then the sky is the limit. On the other hand, if you are a work and travel follower, there’s your free travel, just find a reputable agency.

Best food is local food

Now that we have reduced the transport costs, let’s talk about food. More than often taking food abroad gets to tangle up traveler’s plans and most definitely eating in restaurants ranges from cheap to boring. Don’t let that discourage you. Be spunky and you’ll see that you’ll eat well.

I enjoy discovering local taverns in less known places

I enjoy discovering local taverns in less known places. What I get by this is trying original local dishes at affordable prices and on the top of that I meet local people and customs (something that chain restaurants and hotels cannot offer).

Kerak telor - it was created in order to make glutinous rice more tasty and satisfying.

Kerak telor – it was created in order to make glutinous rice more tasty and satisfying.

Additionally, if you are at least a little bit skilled when it comes to food preparation, you can always find a place for a picnic or barbecue, at the same time enjoying the scenery, a beautiful view of the city, mountains, vast plains, sights that make up travel pleasure. With a little effort and a few conversations along the way, you will find such places.

Where to sleep while traveling?

Ok, now I agree that we need somewhere to sleep. The question is what should you choose?

If you are a tent person, the world is your oyster (no, no, no, scratch that, the world is your oyster anyway, the world is yours), and the possibilities are endless. You can always find a place where to spend the night and what is maybe the best, every night you can sleep elsewhere. Local residents, of the previously mentioned taverns, will know where the most suitable and allowed places to sleep under the stars are.

Some times you have to pay extra for a view like this and if you have that extra it is worth it!

Sometimes you have to pay extra for a view like this and if you have that extra, it is worth it!

If you are a tent person, the world is your oyster

If camping is not your thing, consult some of the numerous websites where you can find rooms and hostels. A simple walk around the city, town, local pubs, cafes and barbers is the best chance to find out everything you need. Again, you’ll probably find locals renting private accommodation for low amount of money. You cannot believe how many new acquaintances can be made in these places!

Don’t listen to the haters!

One of the problems when deciding to start a journey are the people around you.When they start talking you out of your plans, just don’t let them. You’ll probably hear that you’re crazy, or unhappy which is why you want to leave your surroundings, some might claim that you are not a grown up yet, that you are spending money unnecessarily, and of course the winner in my opinion “you can see all that in the pictures so why bother travelling”.

Visiting those places is like living in the National Geographic magazine!

Visiting those places is like living in the National Geographic magazine!

Avoid engaging yourself in discussions of that sort, enough is to know that your courage and love for exploring are yours and yours only, while the wealth you pick up on the way is there to stay, it is for real with you forever.  And as far as the answers you can give to others are concerned,  they are “It’s crazy to live not knowing what this world is made of”, “I grew up just about enough, and a part of me will stay a child”, “the money is there to be spent”, ” there is no picture more beautiful than the one you’ve experienced”.

 

What travels bring, teach and show?

They enable you to try new things, have fun, release the break and relax. Each destination hides adventure that no agency can arrange or a guidebook describe.

While teetering on the train or bus listening to people chattering, or having a coffee in a comfy local café, browse the blogs where people talk about the destination you’re headed to. Surely some of them discovered or experienced something that should not be missed and inevitably it gives ideas and space for an exploration of your own.

Traveling will give you different perspective on life and you will become more open to different cultures!

Traveling will give you different perspective on life and you will become more open to different cultures!

I’d like to recommend some of the things you might read about and maybe even want yourself:

  • Robinson Crusoe style – rent a boat and go to a nearby island for a few days.
  • Paragliding
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Diving
  • Watch a sunset
  • Don’t miss a sunrise
  • Whatever brings excitement and fulfills you.
Besides meeting people you will meet amazing animals also!

Besides meeting people you will meet amazing animals also!

And here is another positive thing about adventure travel: it is what you become after the journey:

  • Resourceful – because trotting through unfamiliar places makes you alert and attentive
  • Smarter – because, travel contributes to your intellect as much as reading a book
  • Socially evolved – as you get in touch with many different people from different social backgrounds
  • Adaptable – because such travels carry many unforeseen circumstances to which you need to adapt.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let me know if you’ve made the first step in comment section below!

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