Adventure is not outside the man; it is within – David Grayson
Updated: May 2
Travelling to Florida, Cuba or the Caribbean is now becoming less exclusive. These destinations are now reserved for family vacations, company boondoggles and weddings and they are not always satisfying the travel aspirations of the Baby Boomer generation.
Adventure travel is the latest trend, says Erin Broaderip of Maritime Travel, “Boomers now want to travel to places you would have never dreamed of going”. India Adventures, African Safaris, Tahiti Trips and Hiking the Inca Trail now lead the list of desired travel destinations. Adventure travel is defined as a type of tourism involving exploration or travel to remote, exotic and sometimes hostile areas. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek a different kind of vacation. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity that includes two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature.
Adventure tourism gains much of its appeal by enabling its participants to step outside of their comfort zone. This type of travel often entails some degree of culture shock and requires travelers to participate in activities that involve significant effort and some degree of risk and/or physical danger (real or perceived).
The feeling of the wind in your hair, getting up-close and personal with rare wildlife, the adrenaline kick that can only come from bungee jumping; what is your motivation?
There are many articles to be found on the benefits of Adventure travel, however the most common theme arising in them is the life changing experiences and realizations travelers encounter. You may recall our Summer 2012 Edition of The Artisan, where we shared Inger Lauritsen’s story of her trips to Kathmandu, Nepal and the impact they had on her outlook on life. Moments like these are priceless.
You can judge a good trip by the memories you create and how many hours you can spend talking about it to your friends upon your return. Good trips benefit you long after you get home, and they are a constant source of inspiration to you and other people in your life. Travelling isn’t about impressing people when you get back. Instead, it is sharing stories about your adventure that will be sure to entertain your audience!
If adventure tourism is of interest to you, selecting a reputable tour operator that offers a package that is right for you is paramount. This is best done by consulting a Travel Agent that is well versed in Adventure Travel. Also remember to include travel insurance and vaccinations in your planning.
Happy travels and we look forward to hearing about your life changing travel experiences.