For the past few months I’ve had the pleasure on blogging, pinning, posting and helping out with all things digital for AdventureHoney. Although my involvement with AdventureHoney will hopefully continue for some time (they can’t get rid of me that easily) this will mark my final post as AdventureHoney’s intern. Therefore I thought it only appropriate to pass on some of the most important things I’ve learnt from AdventureHoney these past few months.
#1 Do It Right
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. That’s a big chunk of your time. Time you could be spending swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines or zip lining and white water rafting in Thailand. So when you get the opportunity to take some time off work and you want to do some of these awesome things, you need to do it right. You need to seek out high quality, unforgettable experiences to ensure that your shrinking amount of time off is time well spent. That’s where awesome companies like AdventureHoney come in. To help you do it right.
#2 Do Something Different
One thing that my time at AdventureHoney has really taught me is that you need to do something different. The huge tourist sites and attractions are often popular for good reason. There’s heaps to do, see, eat etc. But if you dare to take a little wander off the tourist track every now and then, you will most certainly be rewarded for your efforts. Whether it is cave kayaking by starlight in Phuket or hanging with dolphins in Myanmar it always pays to do something different. After all, the travel stories that get the best reaction are often the ones that nobody else has.
#3 Give Something Back
Travel and adventure should always be fun, memorable and awe-inspiring. But it should never be at the expense of others. Sadly, many tourist activities in developing countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Burma exploit or take advantage of the local people and environment. Don’t be apart of this. Instead, use your travels as an opportunity to give back to those less fortunate than yourself. At AdventureHoney we do our best in this area contributing 25% of our profits to the Changemaker Program, a program designed to keep your travel dollars in the local communities where they can make the biggest difference.
#4 Share Your Story
As a digital media graduate I could spend all day telling you how we are living in an age of interconnectivity and that we have an unprecedented opportunity to blah blah blah! To put it simply, share your story. Don’t just tell your friends how great a time you had on your travels. Share pictures online, start a travel blog, give hotels and restaurants reviews, connect with other travellers online and don’t be afraid to rub it in everyone else’s faces! This encourages others to get out there and see our beautiful world allowing them to share their stories and, more importantly, support global and local tourism economies. It’s a brilliant cycle and something every traveller should strive to be a part of.
#5 Make the Most of Now
Now. There’s no time like it. Now can pass you by so fast you miss it altogether. Some people spend so much time worrying about the future or dwelling on the past that they forget about the now. Don’t let this happen to you. Make the most of now because it won’t stick around for you to make your mind up.
Happy adventures guys. It’s been a blast!