True adventure doesn’t happen on autopilot. To experience the very best the geography has to offer, you have to jump in with everything you have. So when your bags are packed, the expedition is booked and you touch down in new territory, don’t forget to make it your mission to have the time of your life. Follow these six hacks to save space, time and money as you seize the moment and make the most of your adventure.
Do the math
Toting your gear can be tough—and expensive. For example, some airlines will charge as much as $300 to transport your surfboard one way. Plus, luggage handlers won’t be nearly as loving as you are. To save yourself some worrying and financial stress, you have a couple of options. You can ship it to and from your destination, or you can rent gear when you get there.
Dive right in
Make every second of your trip count by doing something as soon as you touch down. Before you head to the airport, get commission free currency from the Post Office or download a currency converter app to save yourself from having to do on-the-spot calculations. Many airlines allow you to bring a single personal item aboard as well as your carry on and this one will make all the difference. So when you reach your destination you’ve got some money, can grab some, bottled water and energizing snacks and start your trip as you mean to carry on with a long hike, an afternoon surf or a brisk ride through the mountains.
Find your place
Strike up conversations with local guides, waiters, bartenders, shop attendants and even perfect strangers. This will bring amazing richness to your adventure. You might be surprised to learn about the local flavor, getting great restaurant recommendations, and insider information like secret surf breaks or the best spot to hit the slopes. With a local, you’ll find cheap eats and cheap ways to get around which will help bring your budget down.
Pack like a pro
There’s a mountain of tips out there for making the most out of your baggage allowances, but the best one for adventurers is using the extra space your gear can actually give you. If you decide to ship or rent your gear, fill your ski bag with small personal gear, like helmets, gloves, and goggles. Even more substantial pieces like screen house, snow boots, poles, and bulky coats or base layers will fit without resistance, so take advantage of the extra space and check the bag. To remember how you managed to squeeze everything in without stressing the zipper, take a picture. You can refer back to the photo later when it’s time to repack and head home.
Avoid unwanted excitement
The best way to save time and money is to prevent the worst case scenario—like identity theft. Before you leave, email yourself a copy of your ID, passport and any other important documents like receipts and confirmation numbers. When you’re exploring, don’t keep all of your money and credit cards in one place. To make sure you aren’t in danger of losing everything at once, store some in your pocket, some in your bag and keep some safely locked away. Most things are easily replaceable, but your identity is another story, so take proper precautions to ensure safe travels.