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4 Tips for Great Adventures in 2017

4 Tips for Great Adventures in 2017

I just love new beginnings.

The start of the year always brings such enthusiasm and positivity to goal setting and planning. I was not a born planner and growing up, I’ve come to realize the importance of planning and the balance between that and being spontaneous – maximizing fun and still being responsible.

As we settle into the daily grind of our post-holiday season lives, I’d like to share a few tips that helped me maximize time for adventure without leaving behind the other priorities like work and family, etc.

Plan

Grab the official calendar for 2017 and mark all the holidays. If you’re a weekend warrior, spot the dates where there are long weekends and go file those vacation leaves already.

While you’re planning your schedule, start setting your goals per trip too. What’s your priority? Do you intend to go on a food trip? Then your itinerary should maximize all the food stops.

Your travel priority will define your itinerary. Make sure you don’t miss out on what you intended to accomplish. This also helps plan the photos you plan because we all want to keep memorable snapshots of our adventures.

Actual maps may seem like a thing of the past with technology nowadays but maps like this surf map from MAPA PH (pinned in Dahican Surf Resort) helps a lot in visualizing the where one can go surfing in the Philippines. Planning your next surf adventure couldn’t be more exciting! Photo by Johnlery Padero.

Actual maps may seem like a thing of the past with technology nowadays but maps like this surf map from MAPA PH (pinned in Dahican Surf Resort) helps a lot in visualizing the where one can go surfing in the Philippines. Planning your next surf adventure couldn’t be more exciting! Photo by Johnlery Padero.

Save

Once you’ve done the initial planning, this is the perfect time to estimate how much you’ll need for your trips. In life, there are planned trips and spontaneous ones. Most of the time, it’s the unplanned ones that eat chunks out of our bank accounts.

Having a travel fund for spontaneous trips makes it possible to maximize the fun from your hard-earned money. Think of it as an emergency fund except that you only use it for adventures you did not plan but cannot pass.

A real life example of this was when I was given an invitation to cover a surf competition somewhere north. Accommodation, food and passage fees were all paid for and all I had to spend on was a bus fare from my house to the rendezvous point.

If I had more money at that time, I would have chosen to extend my stay. I realized later on that having a separate travel fund for unplanned trips are important. I blame my too spontaneous self for not realizing this earlier in life but better late than never travel!

Visiting Malcapuya Island was not part of our original itinerary. In fact, when we went to Coron we didn’t have an itinerary at all. It was liberating and thrilling not to be bound by a pre-made itinerary although it would have been cheaper had we joined tour groups. Careful research and adaptability to changing itineraries are important to have if you want to have great adventures for 2017!

Visiting Malcapuya Island was not part of our original itinerary. In fact, when we went to Coron we didn’t have an itinerary at all. It was liberating and thrilling not to be bound by a pre-made itinerary although it would have been cheaper had we joined tour groups. Careful research and adaptability to changing itineraries are important to have if you want to have great adventures for 2017!

Research

If we have time to share travel posts on social media then we surely have the time to make a conscious effort to research about our destination. Researching helps big time! I’ve heard a lot of stories of people visiting a place and only realizing that they missed out on other attractions when they reminisced about their trip with other people.

Most of the great tips that really helped me were also by fellow bloggers who were generous enough to share their experience. I think this is partly what makes the internet amazing - the sharing of helpful information. So go google around and ask. Mostly everybody would love for you to have the best experience too.

Ask

The locals are your best guides. They can actually even turn out to be your best buddies.

I believe that locals know best. They know the best buys, best food and best spots in their areas. The best part is that they would love to share it with you, if you ask nicely.

Always remember that we are merely visitors in their home. If they feel like not sharing then we need to respect that decision and their traditions or rules in the area. After all, we all want the same thing when we travel – great memories to share over and over again!

Sometimes, what makes a great adventure is making friendships that will last lifetimes. With me in this photo are Dahican Boardriders- locals from Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. They frequently hang around Dahican Surf Resort and because of my frequent visits, most of them became actual friends and surf mentors. Photo by Johnlery Padero [From Left: Chermil Cartagena (in black sando), Bangkong Plania (striped green, black and white boardshorts), Connor Bautista (kneeling), Wawa, Dave (yellow shirt), Eding Bautista and Mara Panganiban (Agusan reppin')

Sometimes, what makes a great adventure is making friendships that will last lifetimes. With me in this photo are Dahican Boardriders- locals from Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. They frequently hang around Dahican Surf Resort and because of my frequent visits, most of them became actual friends and surf mentors. Photo by Johnlery Padero [From Left: Chermil Cartagena (in black sando), Bangkong Plania (striped green, black and white boardshorts), Connor Bautista (kneeling), Wawa, Dave (yellow shirt), Eding Bautista and Mara Panganiban (Agusan reppin')

*This story was originally published on January 17, 2016 in my column in EdgeDavao.

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