This is THE step by step guide for those who are curious about adventuring. Welcome to The Adventurer’s Guide, an article where we go over each step to take so that you’ll be an adventuring pro before you even step out of the door.
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If you aren’t sure about traveling, we recommend you read this. However, if you’re sights are set on facing the world, let’s get started!
1. Build Your Network
Being able to meet people and make new friends is a key ingredient to traveling. That’s why it’s the first step in the adventurer’s guide!
Your first step is building a network of friends that will support your decision to travel and welcome you to visit them.
Join groups and follow people who inspire you to gain more knowledge and friendship from experienced adventurers.
You can practice this in your local town by going out and approaching people you don’t know.
Get good at conversation, ask questions about the city and pretend like you aren’t a local.
2. Build Your Route
Now that you have a network of friends you’ll be able to build your route based on where they are.
First, decide how long you want to travel if time is a factor for you.
Then plot out your cities to visit.
Now is the time to research the cities you’re interested in.
If you have a friend in a city that you don’t really care to visit, you could at least pick a nearby city.
This idea is so you’ll have a “home base” to crash at or someone familiar nearby in case things don’t go as planned.
Pretty much like a free AirBnb, respectfully. If you’re low on cash, go ahead and read this article about traveling cheap to get more ideas on how to save your money.
If you want to go hardcore mode and basically live homeless, check back later and I’ll have an article for you.
Think about how you’ll get between each city. This is another major factor in building your route. Cities in the country won’t have trains and buses to haul you around.
The pro way would be hitchhiking if you’re up to it.
However, some states prohibit hitchhiking. Read more on wiki here.
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Once you have a list of cities, your next move is building out a stop route on a map.
Make a finalized version of the map that you can take with you.
You can practice before you travel by finding local places you’ve never heard of by only asking strangers for directions.
Another tip is to purposely get lost either locally or in a nearby city. This is the best way to prepare you for the actual experiences you might end up facing.
3. Build Your Gear
Now that you have a network and your route is mapped out nicely, it’s time to equip yourself with bad ass traveling gear.
The first thing you need to think of is which season you’ll be traveling in and what the weather will be like in the places you’ll visit.
Once you’ve figured out which clothes you’ll need, it’s time to think about food.
Food? Food. Read this article: Best Food For Traveling
Next is gear. Here are some things to get you started:
- Battery packs
- Medic kit
- bag to contain everything
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4. Go Forth
Okay, you now have a network of friends, the route and also your gear picked out and set up.
You’ve also been practicing meeting people, finding places and keeping up with your gear.
You have trained many days, young padowan.
The time has come.
Set out and embark on your journey…
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.
Here’s a little recommended checklist:
- Make sure you have everything you need.
- Take a selfie before you step out of the door.
- Tell the world you’re on your way.
Like a pro.
5. The Adventure
The way your adventure goes is up to you
and many other factors.
Be open minded and use common sense during any situation.
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Do or do not, there is no try.
Welcome your new friends and use your intuition when traveling. Don’t sweat it if things go wrong, it’s part of the journey. Bookmark the adventurer’s guide if you plan on traveling anytime soon.
We welcome and embrace the unknown. And remember, the most important thing is stay alive.
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