Are you tired of spending money and time to vacation in a place that just ends up being boring? Do you have the desire to explore, to see the world? Here are some ideas so that you can tap in a little more into the part of you that seeks thrills and adrenaline.
Climb a Mountain
The great thing about mountains is that they’re generally easy to find. Most countries have them, if not immediately near, then within a drive of a couple of hours. They also are a cheap adventure – most mountains can be scaled free of charge unless it happens to be in a national park. It’s going to take plenty of preparation. If you don’t have experience pushing your body at high altitudes, you should condition yourself and do lots of cardio before undertaking your climb. Research your chosen mountain. Find out the best routes and how long they will take. Find out how dangerous it is. Always carry emergency supplies – including a first aid kit, a radio, and more – when you’re hiking alone. Make sure to let someone know where you’ll be.
Explore the Ocean
Every summer, every coastline attracts millions and millions of tourists for a reason – there’s something magical about the ocean. An entire alien world is contained beneath the waves. You can explore it yourself, from a beach or a cliff, or you can pay to have a boat take you way out to the middle. You can enjoy the waves with a boogie board, a surfboard, or nothing but a swimsuit! Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular options for those who really want to experience the ocean world. Scuba diving may be the more expensive and difficult of the two (requiring certification), but it’s worth it to have the freedom to be underwater for much longer. Know your capabilities – strong swimming skills can help you when scuba diving.
Explore Foreign Culture
While mountains and oceans can be difficult to navigate physically, exploring an entirely new country requires a different kind of bravery. Do the proper research to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into… and then take the plunge! Try to learn enough of the language to get around. See what nooks, crannies, adventures, and experiences this country and culture have to offer.
The tricky part is balancing safety with adventure. But once you manage to strike that balance – oh, what an experience it can be. Push yourself to really live, to be outside of your comfort zone, and you’ll never regret the memories that you make.
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