When being asked travelling advice and lifehacks we, the managers of a worldwide industry, start chuckling and winking to each other as everyone of us has witnessed so many illustrative cases that not even a stand-up show can boast about. Being tied with ethics and love of our hunters we will never bring all these stories to the public, but here in this post you can find small pieces of advice that will keep you safe and happy. Sorry, we could not do it in a serious manner!
1. Back to Basics.
Despite your age and charm or monsterness of your former geography teacher, studying a bit of how the world actually is might be crucial when looking for a proper hunting trip. This will prevent you from getting in truly anecdotic situations that – no kidding – are still happening to some of our clients such as booking hunting trips in Australia together with plane tickets landing in Auckland, New Zealand. Though choosing the right Moscow out of 18 in the US, one each in Canada, India, Scotland and Russia can be a nice evening puzzle for the whole family, this will let you not repeat the story of the guy who found himself at the western coast of France instead of a small town in Belarus where he was intending to get his seasonal moose hunt. Unfortunately, no moose were available in French Brest. So find the right Cordoba for your next hunt to be sure somebody’s waiting for you there on your arrival!
2. Book ‘a bit’ beforehand.
Although all of our outfitters are extremely client-oriented, booking a hunt literally after arriving in the country is not the best choice. Though somebody might still be able to pick you up, this may become not quite the hunt you were intending to have.
3. Get local.
Look at the local holidays calendar. Though your hardworking outfitter might be not paying too much attention to local holidays and days-off, local traditions can bring you lots of surprises starting from continent-like traffic jams to closed supermarkets and not working public transport, to feeling yourself like a human ketchup bottle. If you ever found yourself amidst of Spanish Tomatina – you know what I am talking about!
If you save a day for sightseeing after your hunt – be sure your places of interest accept tourists this day of the week. Also, avoiding the dates of national holidays may save you a huge penny on flights and other transport.
4. Behave yourself like a guest.
You do not have to know as much as your hosts – just smile and ask, and do not wait for everything to be organized for you quite in the same way as it is when you’re home. Try to learn a couple of words in the local language – it may seem strange but learning the local analog for “Two beers please” can be a run winner on your way to prince Charming in the eyes of locals.
5. Taste as many apples as you can.
Food is our fuel while hunting, but the more unusual country you choose for your next hunt, the more extraordinary dishes are waiting for you there. Not even mentioning the shocking for many of us Asia, even quite traditional European destinations may bring some surprises to your plate – common in Iceland ‘hakarl’, the rotten meat of giant local sharks (being a poison while fresh it’s considered a delicacy during rotting), Scottish haggis (sheep’s stomach stuffed with liver), or Sardinian casu marzu. If you have any food restrictions or allergies – don’t be shy to tell your outfitter about this.
Still after a week, of eating the classical oily Finnish soup of fish in milk, beware of turning into a fisherman like one of our hunters did!
6. Get lost!
Finding yourself in the middle of nowhere can be a true adventure. Just be sure you have your plans in place, a map, your gun, and a pair of good shoes with you and let your adventure begin!
Hopefully, this lifehacks of ours will come in handy for you, fellow hunters!