In February 2014, I’m going to Myanmar and Thailand. I want to tell you how I plan this trip so that you can take your own Inspiring Adventures too.
Firstly, what is an Inspiring Adventure?
An Inspiring Adventure is anything you want it to be. Inspiring Adventures explore the world. Exotic new countries and the cities you live in. They are fun, unusual, exciting, and maybe a little outside your comfort zone. They might teach you a new skill, or introduce you to an amazing person, or a whole new way of life. They benefit the people you encounter, and probably enrich your life too.
So now you know what it is, how are you going to have one?
1. Have a purpose
Ask yourself why you are going. Perhaps an opportunity has come up right now, and you just have to take it and make the most of it. Perhaps you’ve been planning all the details for years. Either way, ask yourself what the purpose of this adventure is going to be.
For me, it’s to have an adventure with a healthy dose of social benefit. The adventure part just happens. You don’t have to plan that. In fact, my definition of adventure includes “an uncertain outcome…” What’s the point of going if you know everything that’ll happen to you?
The social benefit part is more challenging. I love to showcase the best examples of social enterprise and responsible tourism that I can find. That means step 2.
2. Do your research
Who’s doing what you want to do? Who’s already done it? And who can you ask? Google. Start typing in relevant search terms that align with your mission and see who pops up top. Read about them and organisations. Send them an email about yourself, your adventure and your purpose. Make it personal.
They might not all write back, but some of them will, and their connections will help you. For me, the British Council in Myanmar was especially responsive and has connected me with a responsible travel specialist. And of course, don’t forget to ask your friends.