6 Steps to Planning Your Post-Grad Adventure

Congrats Grad! You just wrapped up your career as a student! Before hopping into the professional career that you've worked so hard for, why not take a minute (or a week or a year) to unwind and see some of those sights that you've been staring at in those textbooks all your life.

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Here are 6 tips on how to make that post-grad adventure as memorable as possible:

1. Save up

Saving for trips before you go isn't the most fun, but paying back loans on top of student loans is way less fun. Fund your trip before you go and give yourself a budget to spend while you're away. This way you won't be worrying about money while adventuring.

2. Pick the right destination

Remember that Spring Break you got pressured into a going on a cruise and it was overpriced, you got way too sunburned, and your friend fell asleep at the bar in Mexico and almost made you miss the boat back home? Don't let that happen again. Go on the trip that you want to go on.

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3. Don't go alone

The more the merrier, right? If you go alone, you'll make friends. But having familiar faces around can be a life saver. More importantly, choose a trustworthy friend with common interests who will add to your trip experience. The last thing you want is to have a blowup in a foreign place!

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4. Plan, but be flexible

Planning is key. The better idea you have of what you want your adventure to look like, the easier it is to make it happen. But the flip side of that coin is to leave some room for "serendipitous situations." Not everything goes as planned, so set aside some extra time (and money) for those unforeseeable bumps in the road. They're inevitable but don't sweat it, that's what the best stories are made of!

5. Pack

Check the weather of your destination the week of your departure to make sure you'll have the right clothes and gear to get you through. Don't be afraid to make a list of all the necessities and check things off the list after you put them in your bag. Make sure a camera is on that list!

6. Get outta here!

Enough talk, time to walk (or drive or fly or whatever). Get out there and do it! The best way to adventure is through experience. Do what you can to plan ahead and let the rest play out naturally. You're ready now. So be safe and enjoy the ride!

*All photos courtesy Adam Fricke.
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Adam Fricke
As a member of #TeamSierra, Adam Fricke receives promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post. Instead of settling into a comfortable desk job as a recent college grad, Adam opted for the ups and downs of vanlife. Currently living in a Sprinter van with his brother, he is pursuing a freelance career as a photographer, filmmaker, and writer. You can follow Adam's journey across all 50 states via social media @adamfricke or on his personal blog www.AdamFricke.com.
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