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Should adventure travel always be tough and only for the gifted few with an extraordinary good physical condition and excellent health? My experience from different trekking tours is NO. Now a days travel companies are offering a wealth of vacation packages with a great variety of adventure tours to outstanding destinations with a great potential for a fantastic experience even for the elderly or less fit person.

Vacation packages from specialized travel companies can take you to remote corners of the world with a minimum of risk and with keen guides to maximize your experience. Just ask beforehand to know exactly what the tour demands of the participants to know if the tour is something for your abilities. Many adventure travels take you to mountainous regions meaning that the terrain can be difficult, steep or slippery. Often you might benefit from doing some training in the months before to be properly fit, especially if it is a trekking tour.

I have been trekking in Central Asia, on adventure travel to Antarctica, on camping tours to the national parks of Africa, on wildlife observation in Alaska, on birding tours to Australia, South East Asia and Latin America and to many other once in a life time travel destinations. In many cases I have been buying vacation packages that allowed me to join a rather easy adventure travel to one of my favorite travel destinations.

When you sign up for an adventure tour through a travel company your will often join a group tour to the exotic travel destination. In some cases the vacation package can be just for individuals or a couple, but in my experience it typically ends up joining a small group on the vacation. I have been with national groups and in many cases with international groups of travelers. In all cases it has worked very well.

It can be very rewarding to be traveling with an international group. You will learn a lot from your fellow travelers, not least because all will come closer together on adventure travels. Some people are frightened by the plain thinking of being that close to other unknown fellow travelers. In reality I think nearly all participants will benefit from the company. For example will the variety of travelers provide you with a lot of additional information as different people have different kinds of knowledge and interests. Besides that you can expect to learn many interesting aspects of life by talking with other travelers on the journey. Especially when you are going on a more exotic journey you will learn a lot from your travel mates.

Of course you need proper trekking equipment if you have signed up for a trekking tour, but some travel companies will provide you with all the more specialized trekking equipment, except personal items like proper trekking cloth and trekking boots. I think you should be especially careful when selecting a backpack for trekking and your trekking boots.

As I am a traveling photographer I am very aware of a good preparation related to my digital camera equipment. I also pay close attention to get the proper travel guide books and topographical maps of the travel destinations.

I use a check list for each travel, generated from a standard checklist I have. It is easy to adapt it to the specific adventurous travel I am preparing on the computer. It's a big difference to prepare for a tour to one of the poles compared to a tour to the tropical rain forest in South America, or the desert in Sahara or to a Caribbean cruise.




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