The Adventuress is a blog for women with adventurous spirits. It's a source of inspiration, planning, tips, and advice from experienced travelers and outdoor adventurers with the extra flair of being for women and by women only.
Like many women, I was brought up not to talk about money. But as I schedule our 2015 trips and determine what we'll charge for our adventure trips, I wanted to share some of our pricing principles.
I've written before about why adventure travel is so expensive and what goes into the the price of a trip. But can adventure travel be too cheap?
'Ten Tips' is the perfect companion for every female hiker. It offers well-crafted, not-so-obvious tools that hikers of all experience levels can use. From lacing up your boots the first time to thru-hiking a major trail, this piece will make hiking even more enjoyable.
Sometimes your adventure vacation goes wrong all by itself - your flight is delayed or cancelled, you get sick just before you were supposed to leave, there is a flood or fire in the area you were supposed to visit, etc. These are all things you can't control that you just have to accept. But if you want to make sure that your adventure vacation doesn't live up to your hopes and expectations, here are five methods you can use to guarantee that you won't come back as refreshed and rejuvenated as you might have.
One of the most confusing issues travelers face on international adventure trips is how to stay in touch with people back home. There are so many options and so many variables, and it all changes so quickly! Sometimes it seems the best idea is to give up trying to figure it out, and just give folks a list of the hotels where you're saying or the number of the tour company you're going with.
If you're new to adventure travel or an outdoor activity, sometimes you might wonder if you have to make a choice between getting what you need and putting your child through college or retiring before the age of 80. Unless you decide to become a dog musher with a kennel of 40 dogs or to climb Mt Everest on a guided climb, usually the answer is no. Here are some suggestions to help keep you solvent.
I used to think adventure travel was the right kind of travel for anyone who was basically healthy and mobile. Of course in my 20s, I also assumed that everyone, given a choice, would prefer to spend their weekends hiking and camping. I have since been disabused of both notions. But with adventure travel, I've also seen that some people think they should like it because it sounds so - well, so adventurous! And a little Indiana Jones lives within many of us.
Adventure travel is expensive. Maybe not compared to luxury cars, exclusive resorts, or fancy jewelry - but those aren't the yardsticks most of use to judge whether something costs alot. Adventure travel especially looks expensive compared to the tours advertised in the Sunday newspapers that are often half to two thirds cheaper - and include airfare! Even when you figure in all the costs they aren't telling you about (add ons, taxes, fees etc), those tours are still a much cheaper way to travel.
In the last post I offered a general list of things I always take on any overseas adventure travel trip. Actually I pack the same items on a trip in the United States, with one exception- Cipro, a broad spectrum antibiotic. While it can be incredibly useful when you know how to use it and you're not close to medical care or you're unfamiliar with the health care system, in general we don't recommend using antibiotics except with the recommendation of a physician.
When thinking about what to put in your overseas adventure travel first aid kit, you need to answer three questions:
At the height of the financial panic, many people pulled all their money out of the stock market and have left it in a money market account ever since. Although they know that with low interest rates their money won't grow, at least they know they won't lose more capital. And after having lost a big chunk suddenly and unexpectedly, their focus has switched from trying to make money to simply not losing it. At least the money feels safe.