Everyone should aim to take at least one great adventure per year. A change of scenery reawakens the mind, boosts happiness, and gives a purpose to hard work. The great outdoor adventure also creates a dialogue between nature and our inner selves. This helps grow the soul, body, and spirit. Now all you need to do is save for this serene outdoor trip.
Pick an Activity
You may define an outdoor adventure as sleeping on the beach of a tropical island. Someone else may define it as a weekend fishing trip. The term ‘outdoor adventure’ means different things to different people, which gives you a broad range of activity choices.
Narrow your choices by picking the adventure that matches your personality and budget. If you need help picking the adventure, close your eyes and visualize the activity that brings the most zen into your life. Make that one the focus of your trip.
Set a Budget and Start a Savings Account
Set a trip time limit. Decide between an immediate trip (one that occurs within a few days or weeks), or a long term trip (one that occurs months or a year in the future). Immediate trips probably won’t cost you a lot, so you do not need to save that much. However, future trips may require a bigger budget.
Breakdown all your expenses: write a list of all your potential trip costs, everything from transportation to food. Next, add at least two to three hundred dollars extra to your estimation for emergency expenses.
Open a new savings account, and set an automatic deduction amount that helps you reach your goal before the trip.
Make Extra Money
Sell clothing that you no longer wear to make money. If you have any sort of skills creating unique jewelry, sewing, or building things, sell your own products and designs on Etsy and eBay.
Think of every skill that you can monetize. For example, someone who knows all the film editing tricks can advertise their services on a freelancing website or through a classified ad.
There are also unique ways to make money, such as selling your voice for voice-over work, and being paid to stand in line for someone else to buy concert tickets.
Find Small Ways to Save
Stop buying name brand groceries. Go out less. Utilize your library card instead of buying new books and magazines. Think of small expenses that you can cutout of your daily routine.
Save on your trip supplies with coupons. For example, if you plan to go on a sea adventure, use West Marine coupons to save on your sailing or fishing gear. Cutback on the little trip expenses, but invest in the big ones. Do not skimp on important trip purchases, such as a durable pair of hiking boots or a tent. Paying extra for a nice pair of hiking boots will create less hassle and save you more in the long term.
Ride An Alternative Transportation
Evaluate if you really need to take a car or flight to your outdoor adventure. A hiking or camping location may be within a biking range. If so, leave the car behind and bike to that area.
A train ride to a nearby city may end up saving you a lot more than booking a flight.
Choose Free Activities
Choose an outdoor activity that costs you nothing, such as a simple day on the beach or taking a mountain trail. These activities may not be the most exciting trips, but could still create a zen experience