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It’s never too late plan a last-minute trip. Get outside and explore this summer! Here are the top five tips you need to know to make the most out of your trip:

1. Use kayak.com
If your travel dates are flexible, use the +/- 3 days option on Kayak’s flight search. This can save you hundreds of dollars on flights. Don’t forget to turn your browser to incognito mode as your frequently browsed flights will go up in price.

2. Pack light
Carrying heavy guide books? You can probably cut out at least half of the pages. There’s no reason to carry a guide for every hiking trail in Central America if you’re only hiking in Costa Rica for a week. Every ounce counts, especially if you’re backpacking! Don’t bring clothes that you’ll only wear once and don’t be afraid to pour half of your sunscreen into another bottle to leave at home if you know you won’t need all of it. Some would even go as far as cutting their toothbrush in half and cutting the tags out of their clothes.

3. Be flexible
It’s good to have a general idea of which destinations you’d like to visit but don’t limit yourself by booking hotel rooms in advance. Go with the flow and explore as things come along. That’s where the best adventures come from. Make sure to bring a hammock or light tent/shelter for emergencies, but generally, it’s easy enough to find a cheap hostel or motel wherever you end up.

4. Microventure
You don’t need to have a “go big or go home” attitude to have an awesome adventure. Get outside, get away from the tourists and find the cool little wonders that make the outdoors so amazing. Ignore the obvious tourist traps and go explore.

5. Be present
Carry a pocket sized notepad and pen. You’ll be surprised what you can come up with and learn when you take the time to think and write. A picture isn’t always worth a thousand words. Reading your thoughts from a trip can often convey much more than a photograph.

Are you traveling this summer? Show us by tagging @Alpenclimb and #goexplore on Instagram and Twitter!

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Written by Ari Schneider

Outdoorsman, Journalist, Type 2 fun expert.

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