written by Tricie Amador
Thirsty for adventure but don’t know how to start? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you strap on your backpack and see the world out there.
1. Are you ready for an adventure?
I’m sure your answer is a resounding “Yes!” – but it’s not just about wanting to go on adventure but actually being ready for it. Consider how long your trip will be and how much you’re willing to spend. Aside from that, make sure your documents are in check. You can’t go on a trip next month if your passport is expired, right?
Other important things to take into consideration would be the travel dates and budget you are allotting for your adventure. And don’t forget to file a leave and ask permission before you book that flight!
2. What kind of adventure are you up for?
I believe we’re all adventurers in one-way or another. It’s just that we have different ways of doing so. So now that you know how long your trip is and how much you’ll spend, you have to ask yourself: But what do I want to do?
Are you the type who wants to hike and be one with nature? Or are you the artistic type who loves hanging out at bookstores and cafes? Maybe you’re looking to relax and prefer a staycation, or maybe you want to be by the beach. Like I said, we all have our own way. So try to figure it out.
For Abbey and I, we wanted to do less tourist stuff like tours but really focus on art, culture and café hopping. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be stuck on one thing but knowing your priorities on what you want to do will help you figure out the next part.
3. Where are we going? *clap clap clap*
Simple fact: you can’t go mountain climbing if you pick an urban jungle for your trip. So this step is all about research. There are tons of resources on the internet that help you plan a trip. TripAdvisor is a great resource since there’s a ranking of stuff to do per location and of course, comments from those who’ve tried it before. Don’t forget to check out travel blogs as well since these travelers have first-hand experience and you can use their itinerary as a guide for when you make yours.
You can also check piso fares on airline websites (Cebu Pacific / Air Asia) just so you know what countries are usually included so you can weigh your options on where to go.
In general, we picked Southeast Asia (or more specifically Indochina) because it was a lot cheaper than going to Japan or Korea. It was also a great starting destination for backpacking that didn’t require too much budget for. More than that, Siem Reap, Cambodia was exactly what we were looking for: history + art + cafes – and I loved running around the temples, so it was definitely a perfect fit! Chiang Mai, Thailand was also a favorite because we got to try a lot of new experiences like learning how to cook and riding elephants – but at the same time, we got to go to cafes, visit the Trick Eye Museum and go shopping!
4 .Who are your fellow explorers?
I know, you love all your friends. I love all of mine too. However, they’re not all going to be the best travel buddies.
If you’re the type who goes with the flow, it might be a bit difficult travelling with someone who wants everything planned out months before. I’m not saying you shouldn’t travel with that person, but you have to compromise and you do have to talk about it. There has to be a balance between everyone and of course, a consensus of all the decisions that have to be made for your adventure.
When Abbey and I agreed on the trip I remember telling her, “I sleep a lot but if I need to wake up early I will.” Abbey on the other hand, is a morning person. In the end, this benefited us because I got my rest and Abbey got her alone time to do her lettering.
Another great thing travelling with Abbey is that we’re both introverts so our recharging is about being alone. So after a day together, even if we’re in the same room, we still keep to ourselves and we’re really okay with that.
There’s a lot to consider when planning who you’re going to travel with. You don’t want to be exactly alike because traveling is all about trying new things, so it helps to have friends to push you to do that also. So think about who you’re going with because you don’t want to end up fighting with one of your good friends just cause of a trip.
If you’ve read our Life in Transit book, you’ll see the story of how our adventure started. Sometimes, that’s all you need. If you want to travel, you’ll find a way to travel. Like what they say in Up: Adventure is out there! It doesn’t have to be another country and you definitely don’t need to take a plane. Sometimes travel and adventure can just be a few hours away. So don’t worry – you’ve got this! Get your travel buddy, set those travel goals and start planning your trip!
Good luck on your next adventure!
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P.S. Say hi to my travel buddy / achi / good friend Tricie! She’ll be helping me out and doing a bit of guest posting for our Life in Transit series. :)
P.P.S. Announcing the winners of our Life in Transit giveaway!
Congratulations to Praise Diokno & Jean Todeo! I’ve sent an e-mail already, please check your inbox.
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Thank you to everyone who joined our giveaway, and we hope you guys had fun reading through our book! Hard copies will be available next year for pre-order – details will be posted soon.