Tips On Planning An Adventure Holiday

So you’re an adrenaline junkie, with a thirst for a holiday in the active/adventure holiday category? Here are a few tips that are worth considering before you book your holiday.

Sort out the correct documents

Before you settle on a holiday destination – regardless of whether you’re traveling independently or with a company – check Visa and inoculation requirements with the Foreign Office ( and that the country you’re traveling to is both safe and politically stable. You may not be insured if you go against Foreign Office advice.

Adventure insurance

Its good new that there are a great number of companies that offer insurance specially formulated toward groups or independent adventurers, who aren’t satisfied with relaxing on a secluded beach like the rest of us. Each company has varying opinions about what is and isn’t classed as adventure, so it’s worth taking some time to find a policy that suits your style of adventure and chosen activity.

Check the company out

When booking your adventure holiday, do your research into the company that you are booking with and ask a representative about the experience and qualifications of their staff, as your life may just be in their hands. Check that the equipment that you will be using throughout the trip is certified safe and has been tested for any faults.

The independent traveler

If you decide against going as a group or with a reputable adventure holiday operator, there is a checklist that should be considered. Firstly that you are aware of the dangers of the type of sport you will be partaking in and that you have made sure your equipment is thoroughly checked before packing it to leave. Another important thing to remember is to always have local emergency numbers and insurance documentation with you and that someone knows where you are heading each day encase an accident does happen. Also if a minor accident does happen you have a first aid kit to deal with it.

Personal Fitness

It is worth making sure you are ready to put your body under the strain that your chosen activity will put on it. If you are a newcomer to the sport, try doing a training session at a local facility in order to get a feel for the muscles that will be needed. This may also alert you to additional safety clothing /equipment you might require on your trip. Whether you’re experienced or not spending some time preparing your body will help minimize injury during your trip.
As you can see an adventure holiday takes lots more planning than your standard package beach holiday, but it’s better to prepared and get the most from your adventure, so you can do it all again on your next adventure.

Yellowstone Adventure Planning Tips

"Yellowstone National Park"Yellowstone is famous throughout the world for a number of reasons. Every year, it has enticed millions of visitors to come and explore. Yellowstone is, quite simply, one of the most spectacular spots on this planet, offering a variety of sights and adventure to match different tastes and interests. The sheer size and beauty of the park can be overpowering, so use these tips to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your Yellowstone adventure:

Plan your adventure
Trying to pack in as many activities as you can in just 24 hours is impractical. The Yellowstone area is over 2 million acres of land. About 80 percent of the park is also covered by forests interspersed by a few open meadows. If you want to enjoy your Yellowstone adventure thoroughly, plan your trip carefully. If possible, come for a 3-day visit at the very least.

If you prefer, you could book your Yellowstone adventure in advance. There are numerous vacation packages to choose from, which allow you to enjoy all the popular activities in a guided setting. Accommodation and food are included, and most of the time, even the equipment required for the activities.

If you go on your own, make sure you find out everything you need to know about what the park offers so you can plan your adventure accordingly.

Exploring Yellowstone
There are several ways you can take in the beauty of Yellowstone – hiking, driving, boating and horseback riding. All these activities are available for the enjoyment of all the park’s visitors. For horseback riding and hiking alone, there are about 1,200 miles of scenic trails available.

People who prefer to go boating, fishing, white water rafting and participating in other water activities have at least three lakes to choose from – Yellowstone, Lewis and Shoshone. Another great location is Firehole river, a favorite for fly-fishers who want to take in the action by catching trout. The river is active from spring and even until late fall, boasting of trophy-sized fish for the skilled and the patient.

In terms of spectacular visual treats, there’s plenty to admire in Yellowstone. With an average elevation of about 7,500 feet, the park offers some of the most stunning mountain views. Among the most noteworthy are the Gallatin Range, Mt. Washburn and the Absaroka Range, where Eagle Peak is.

For people who prefer to stay off the water, even the rivers and lakes present endless adventure potential. The 692-mile long Yellowstone River, for example, is already an excellent photographic subject, flowing right into Yellowstone Lake and on through the Yellowstone Grand Canyon, plunging into the Upper and Lower Falls.

The Canyon itself is also a well sought-after spot. Rising to a maximum height of about 1,200 feet, the canyon offers a breathtaking display of volcanic rock that ranges from red to brown to orange and yellow. Consider using Artist Point and Inspiration Point for dramatic views of both the canyon and the falls.

Yellowstone also offers endless possibilities for wildlife sightings. Majority of the wilderness within the park is unspoiled, offering curious visitors a glimpse at some of the world’s most precious animals and vegetation.

Yellowstone’s geysers are also a very popular spot. Thanks to the park’s location – a ‘hotspot’ – there are areas within that show a unique turbulent beauty. The geysers are a frequent reminder that Yellowstone sits on a volcanic plateau, something that many tourists find fascinating. The best-loved of these geysers is Old Faithful, still spewing hot water and steam at an average interval of 75 minutes after all these years. Other geysers that are popular with tourists are the Giant, the Giantess, Riverside Geyser, Sapphire Geyser and the Steamboat Geyser.