"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
This section is about putting the meat onto the bones of your plan. It involves finding out in detail about travel options, how long you adventure will take, the equipment and physical requirements, entry dates and deadlines and details of travel operators. There is a lot of information to bring together. Depending on the type of expedition it could be a huge amount of information. The logistics worksheets below will help you through the process. It may look like a daunting task, however you don’t need to collect all of the information at once. Having it collated in your worksheet means that it is easy to add more each time you research a new part, safe in the knowledge that all of your information is together.
Note: This is the 'Logistics Lite' worksheet there is a full version for those taking on more complicated undertakings as well as one dedicated to those taking on an organised race (as well as heaps of other information) in Katherine's book, 'How to Have and Adventure'.
Planning mind map
Once you have completed your logistics planning worksheet you will have a good idea of all of the elements planning your expedition involves. It can feel like trying to keep a multitude of plates spinning at once. This can easily feel overwhelming and it can become hard to focus on the most important elements. So here is a really useful tool that I want to share with you. Each month or week write down your most important goal in each of the four categories below. Then write down how you are going to achieve each and the timescale for doing so. Check back at the end of the month / week, tick off and revel in your achievements.
Have fun taking on your logistics. In the next post we will turn our attention to physical preparation.
This is part of a new series of blog posts that I am trying out for 2018. They are all about sharing our expedition and adventure planning experience to help you achieve your own goals and dreams. The aim isn't just to talk advice but to give you tools that you can actually use to make success happen. I would really love to hear how you are making use of it and what adventures you are planning. If you have found this helpful, please click on the share button below and spread the joy of adventuring :)
There is loads more information about making your adventure dreams a reality in Katherine's book How to have an Adventure.