YOUR ADVENTURE VACATION
you are a first time adventure traveler or a veteran to
adventure vacations, America Outdoors can help you find
the experience that is right for you. Many family vacations
are planned using the adventurevacation.com website to look
for outfitters and information which are useful for vacation
planning, especially family vacations. Adventure vacations
are fun and a learning experience for everyone regardless
of your age, interests or physical abilities. The adventure
begins by selecting the right trip!
The searchable database on America Outdoors' Website adventurevacation.com
is a great resource for searching for a recreation
service provider by location or activity.
majority of the outdoor trips and adventure vacations available
through America Outdoors outfitters are appropriate for
people and families with little or no experience. They are
not at all like the wild adventures you may have seen on
television. Yes, there is some level of adventure and challenge,
but for many trips, especially those designed for families
the challenge is not overwhelming and it is managed through
the assistance of an experienced guide. Some trips are designed
for enthusiasts with some prior experience and skill, but
your outfitter can help you decide if a trip or adventure
vacation is appropriate for your skill level.
As you begin to explore the many opportunities to enjoy
a family vacation or an adventure vacation, we encourage
you to look for outfitters and guides that are members of
America Outdoors. America Outdoors outfitters are provided
a Code of Ethics to follow that includes public service
and safety, industry professionalism, and conservation of
our natural resources. In addition, members are encouraged
to adhere to a Sustainable Recreation Policy that supports
the continuation of our national legacy of quality outdoor
experiences on Americas' lands and waters in a manner that
sustains the long-term ecological integrity of natural resources
and the economic well being of communities.
THE RIGHT OUTFITTER
outfitter or an "outfitted trip" means that you will be
using the services of a professional to provide instruction,
to guide your trip, or to provide the supplies and equipment
that you will need. There are fully outfitted trips and
adventure vacations where the guide(s) stays with you for
the duration of the travel experience and leads your trip.
There are also partially outfitted trips where an experienced
operator might rent you equipment, help you get into the
backcountry, and then allow you to enjoy the experience
on your own. To help select the right outfitter, ask for
references, preferably from some guests who been on a trip
recently from your area. Get several references, not just
one and call them.
THE ADVENTURE TRIP THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
is your primary motivation for an adventure vacation? Do
you want to challenge yourself, to share an outdoor experience
with your friends or family, or just kick back and have
a good time?
What does your family or group like to do? What activities
do you want to participate in? Do you want your outfitted
trip to be on land, on water, do you want to bike, horseback
ride or combine several activities into one trip? Do they
like learning something new? As you start your outdoor trip
planning you'll need to have in mind where you want to go
and how much time you have. Are you planning a two-week
vacation, a day trip, or something in between?
is your physical ability and the ability of the others in
your family or group? Most activities do not require a high
level of conditioning, but some physical conditions may
not be advisable on some trips. You will need to inform
your outfitter of any special conditions as you discuss
the trip. Outfitters are good at providing reasonable accommodations
for various conditions, but some trips may have essential
OR ROUGHING IT?
Are you looking for an outdoor trip that provides creature
comforts where guides cook, set-up camp and cater to you
or do you want to do more of this on your own? You'll be
surprised just how comfortable the thick sleeping pads and
cozy flannel sleeping bags are. With a creek murmuring nearby,
you'll probably sleep better than you do at home.
outfitters also have lodges, cabins or other facilities
so that you can enjoy the backcountry during the day and
head back to a shower and bed at night.
Regardless of how you answered these questions, America
Outdoors' website adventurevacation.com
with its searchable database can help direct you to
an outfitter that fits your needs.
You many want to take notes about your experience with
each outfitter as you do your research starting with your
first phone call. Did they seem friendly and helpful? Did
you feel they were focused on your needs and questions?
FOR A GROUP
you are planning for a group, take an important intermission
-- ensure that your trip is the right "fit" for everyone.
Take a few minutes with yourself, family, friends and/or
group to talk over what each member wants from the trip.
Be sure the entire group is informed of the nature of the
trip. If possible, give them a copy of the brochure that
describes the experience. Ask yourselves:
- Do we want to relax, just play, be intensely challenged,
or all of the above?
- How long do we want to be away?
- How much can we spend?
- When do we want to go, and how flexible can we be?
- What kind of scenery are we looking for?
- How much do we want to do ourselves, and how much do
we want somebody to do for us?
MAKING YOUR RESERVATION
After reviewing the literature you received and your notes,
call and book your trip. Half or one-day trips can usually
be reserved as late as the day before you want to go. Certain
trips, especially the more popular ones, fill up fast. Longer
trips should be booked earlier, so plan at least six months
to a year ahead if you have specific dates for traveling.
Make sure you understand the cancellation policy! Always
advise the outfitter of known medical conditions or special
accommodations you may need.
Some Additional Questions You May Want to Ask:
- How experienced is your staff?
- Is the trip price all-inclusive?
- Can the outfitter provide for your special dietary needs?
- Can they tell you about other guests on your trip? Are
there children? Other families?
- Are there any age or other restrictions?
TO DO NEXT
outfitter will provide you with trip information, which
could include suggested travel arrangements, pre-trip fitness
tips, waivers, directions, lists of what to wear and bring,
suggested stays before and after your trip, etc. If you
have any questions, whatsoever, about getting ready for
your outdoor trip or adventure vacation, call your outfitter
and ask. Not only is it their job to answer your questions,
they expect it. And it's everybody's best interest for you
to be well prepared and enthusiastic.