Prepare

Travel the AMARA Way

 
Nothing compares with the adventure of traveling to a new place, meeting new people and creating new life experiences that will alter your perspective on humanity. The journey has the potential to forever change your outlook on life. It takes courage to embark on such a bold, daring adventure. But exploring the unknown also requires intelligence. Sometimes in the fog of excitement and anxiety, you may forget some basic, common-sense strategies you should follow to keep you safe. We have created this guide to remind you that like any worthy endeavor, there are risks involved. Traveling the AMARA way will give you pointers to mitigate those risks and ensure that you have the best time of your life on your next big adventure!
 

Arrange

Have a plan, be aware of what you are getting yourself into and arrange the logistics accordingly. Make sure you know what immunizations you need for your journey. Of course we are here to help, but we want you to take control of your own destiny as well. It’s an empowering feeling. And make sure you let your family know where you are going, whether or not you will be reachable and when you will be returning. Pack all the gear you need for your trip and not any more. Landing up on Kilimanjaro with 10 pounds of gold jewelry may not be the best idea. Plan smart and arrange the trip accordingly. If you need us, we are here to help you every step of the way!
 

Monitor

Take in your surroundings while you travel. Leave your home back where it belongs. You are traveling for a reason, so be present to your environment when you travel. This is essential to safety as well as enjoyment. If it is late at night and a street looks unsafe, don’t walk on that street. This applies to your home country just as it does anywhere else in the world. So we don’t want to scare you, we just want to remind you to keep an eye out for what is happening around you and be safe. A healthy vigilance and awareness is a good idea no matter where you are.
 

Act

Act like a local. Much of this just comes from feeling like you belong. Act confident and comfortable in your new surroundings and people will see that in you. This also prevents you from becoming an easy target to pickpockets and incessant street vendors. Besides, part of the fun in traveling is trying to blend in with the culture. It makes it easier to learn from people when you immerse yourself in their world. Trust us, every culture has something to teach you, so it will be worth it.
 

Read

Learn as much as you feel you need to about the country before you get there. There is something to be said about traveling without any knowledge of the country and the people. It does create a greater unknown. But for your safety and ability to get around, we recommend you learn a little bit about the language, the people and the place. Read what other explorers have to say about the place as well, so you know what to expect and what to avoid. Blogs and travel sites like trip advisor are great resources. Trust us, the element of unknown will be very much present when you set foot in a new world, no matter how much you read about it before hand.
 

Accomplish

Just as important as any other part of this list is to revel in your accomplishment. There is nothing easy about traveling to a foreign land to experience a new place and meet new people. It takes a lot of courage and heart to venture out of your comfort zone and we don’t want you to forget that. Your journey begins the second the idea takes root in your mind. From that moment on, you have become an explorer and we want you to be proud of earning that title. Relish it. You have earned it! Take that attitude with you when you leave home. It will build confidence within you. Fundamental to the explorer lifestyle is also a strong sense of curiosity. So acknowledge your accomplishment and you will enter each new world with greater curiosity, wonder and belief in yourself.