Adventure travel has always been regarded as the expensive option. This need not be the case, although adventure tour operators invariably are expensive as they pay developed world prices to their sales, marketing and organizational staff.

If you consider a typical adventure holiday, you will find that only a minimal portion of the overall cost will end up going on the actual adventure part of the holiday. By organizing your own trip directly, you could save literally thousands of dollars.

Booking an adventure holiday for yourself can be quite tricky so follow these guidelines to make sure you get it right!

  • Word of mouth is invaluable when you are considering going off the beaten track. If you can find someone that you know who has done your trip before, you may be able to get some excellent tips on what to do and what not to do. First hand experience is the best sort of experience you can hope to get!
  • Get hold of a couple of guidebooks on the areas that you are considering. Whilst travel book writers may vary in opinions, any underlying themes should be taken seriously!
  • Look at message boards online. The internet is a superb resource and will allow you to contact many people who have first hand experience of your destination.
  • If you are going on a guided tour once you reach your destination, make sure that you get everything straight before you depart. Ensure that you discuss with your guide what is included and what is not. Agree a price before you leave as you will be in a much weaker position once you are halfway up a mountain!

Generally booking a tour once you arrive at your destination will mean that you get a better deal. However, this will not work if you are traveling to a very tight schedule, want to do a specific route or you do not speak the local language. In these cases it is would normally be worth booking from home before you travel.

Some Adventure Travel Ideas

Water Sports – including jet ski, sailing, kayaking or canoeing trip, kite boarding, fishing, scuba diving, parasailing or windsurfing.

Whitewater rafting in Utah, Colorado and Idaho on the Colorado River, Green River, Yampa River, San Juan River, Salmon River and Snake River.

Outdoor adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, skiing, safaris, skydiving, horseback riding, biking, and fishing.