Learn How to Plan the Most Epic Adventure Vacation of Your Life
Every year at the end of August, amateur adventure athlete Christy Mahon (who also finds time to work a “regular” job for 50+ hours a week) plans an epic fall/winter adventure for herself. Mahon, who works full-time at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, has planned crazy adventures in the past: She skied volcanoes in Ecuador, hiked Mt. Rainer, and ran a 100-mile ultramarathon across the Colorado wilderness.
Mahon says these adventures that get her out of her comfort zone and show her a new corner of the world always include a personal goal she can cross off her insane bucket list (like skiing all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains).
But planning an epic trip can be just as intimidating as the adventure itself. You probably know how to expertly plan a beach trip-book, bathing suit, sunscreen. How do you even begin planning a thrilling (potentially challenging…in the best way) adventure vacation? And what if you don’t want to trail run, or complete a triathlon, or backpack through the jungle?
Take note as Mahon shares her tried-and-true guide for planning the most epic vacation of your life (until next year, that is).
1. Think about how you want to train.
“Take time to really think about what you want to achieve,” says Mahon. “Going into this adventure, you want to set yourself up for success, so picking an activity that you can train for during your regular work schedule is key.” Use your local resources to simulate training conditions that will be similar to your trip, she says. “For example, find a state park to run trails outside the city, or run stairs in office buildings to simulate hills, kayaking in pools, stationary bikes with the incline pumped up. You can also try urban trail running, connecting whatever dirt you can with road running to prepare for a trail adventure.”
Not sure where to start? Here are seven adventure vacations to take for the fitness thrill of it!