Do the Big Trip in 2014

appalachian trail by Andrew KalatThe New Year is the perfect time to think about your travel plans for 2014. Plan now, start preparing, and this can be the year you really do it.

Is there one place you’ve always wanted to go? Are you determined to visit every state? Does one particular hike or climb call to you? Maybe there’s a place you’ve read about or a far-off destination where you have friends or family who’d love to see you.

Here’s how to plan a 0big trip:

  1. Research, research, research! The first part of planning well is knowing what you need to be prepared for. When is the best time to go? What type of equipment will you need? Do you need to train in advance? All of these questions and more need to be answered!
  2. Make a budget. Big trips can cost big money—but with some keen planning you can make it reality. Figure out how much you need to spend on the trip and before the trip for supplies and preparations and then work towards that savings goal. Be sure to talk to trip veterans to find out about unexpected expenses that you should plan for and other things you haven’t thought of yet.
  3.  Get the gear. If you’re going on a big trip, having the right gear to make it enjoyable is important. There’s nothing worse than being in a place you’ve dreamed of experiencing and finding that your attention is focused on your aching feet instead of the scenery. We can help you pick out just the right equipment for your trip and give advice based on our own experiences.
  4. Prepare your body and mind. Racking up miles on a hiking trip can be very strenuous so getting in shape and doing some hikes to prepare is important — and the same goes for any other type of trip. You’ll also need to prepare your mind if you’re going on a challenging adventure, something that will stretch your endurance.
  5. Get support from friends and family. If you’re going on a long trip, like hiking the Appalachian Trail, getting the support of loved ones is important—asking friends to send care packages and letters to keep your spirits up is important for tough big trips.

2014 is the year to finally take that trip you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, so why not get ready and get out there? We can help, so be sure to stop by Uncle Sam’s in Evelyn Hills and talk about your big trip with us!

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