It takes a lot to plan a trip, and a lot of the considerations start before you even book a plane ticket. Make sure to do your research before you go so that you’re prepared for the experience, whether that means ensuring that you have enough time left on your passport or learning about cultural differences to make sure that you don’t cause an international incident. Here are some good resources to help you prepare for a trip:
- 14 Travel Tips to Know Before Heading Abroad
- 20 Best Travel Tips After 20 Years of Traveling
- 25 Top Travel Tips
Some of our biggest adventures as a group have been tackling hiking trails. We’ve shared the experience of getting “temporarily misplaced” along the way, and we’ve learned that just like with any other kind of adventure, preparation is key. Here are some good resources to get you ready for a hike and help you get home in one piece:
One of the least favorite parts about international travel for many people is finding plane tickets that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Often, we’ve found that it’s best to book through an airline directly so you get their travel guarantees, but these sites can help you spot the best prices:
When we’re traveling, it’s vitally important to consider the ethics of the activities we choose to do. After all, we want the next generation to experience the wonder of the world as we do. That’s not possible when we’re disrupting wildlife and ecosystems on our own trips abroad.
As a rule of thumb, it’s unethical to get close enough to touch animals in their natural habitat. It’s also unethical to bait wildlife with food. Our end goal is to enjoy nature and these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Here’s some more information about ethical travel and how not being mindful of our impact can have harmful effects:
- Ethical Wildlife Tourism Experiences
- Top Five Ethical Trips to Indigenous Communities
- Elephant Tourism Fuels Cruelty
- How Tourism and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Are Threatening the Amazon Rain Forest
Travel Gear and Packing
Good traveling gear is an investment, and the right equipment will last for years. While you may not necessarily have your travel style locked in yet, spending a little extra money for quality products is not something you’ll regret.
Whether your idea of a good vacation is a ten-day trek through the Himalayas or a stroll through Prague, backpacks are a terrific way to go. They’re easy to carry and generally comfortable to use. We like Switchback Travel’s list of best backpacking packs for recommendations of which ones to consider for your trip.
It’s also important to think about what you’ll bring with you on your trip. You don’t want to be in the middle of the wilderness or in a foreign city where you don’t speak the language when you realize that you need something you didn’t bring! Check out these tips on what to pack for your next adventure: