How Much Adventure Do You Want?

by: admin
January 28, 2010
Some people are hard-wired to explore the world , and they don’t care how they do it. Others want to visit exotic places and experience new things – but they don’t want to give up the comforts of home while they do it. Most fall somewhere in between.

Figuring out what the term “adventure travel” means to you is crucial. By definition, adventure travel is an active, unique exploration of an exotic or remote destination with a small group of like-minded people, guided by full-time professional leaders. Whether you travel by foot, ship, dugout canoe, or safari jeep, your trip will include all kinds of terrain , in all kinds of weather.

The adventure may be a specific activity , scuba diving, surfing, or caving, for example. Or it may refer to the culture, scenery, and wildlife you experience at the destination , photo safaris, up-close and personal encounters with the people of another country, or experiencing the wonders of a hidden world inside a rainforest or a remote mountain valley.

You don’t need to be exceptionally physically fit to experience amazing adventures, but it’s important to know what kind of physical endurance a trip requires. Companies usually rate their trips as easy, moderate, or demanding but you’ll almost certainly get sweaty, dusty, and tired on any adventure. Talk honestly with the trip’s organizer about specific limitations or concerns , before you pay your deposit.

Where you want to go is the most important decision you’ll make. If you’re new at adventure travel, pick a trip that has a track record of broad appeal: a safari in East Africa, a walk along New Zealand’s Milford track, or a visit to the glorious ruins of Machu Pichu, high above the Amazonian rain forest.

Another key question is how much variety you want. Do you want to sample a wide variety of places and activities? Spend a longer period in one area, so that you can really experience it?

Cost is also a factor. You can have an amazing adventure for $2,000 , or you can spend much more, depending on where you go, how long you stay, and how truly exotic your destination can be. Don’t be afraid to shop around for a trip you can afford , there are some great deals out there if you keep your eyes open.

Last, but not least, make sure you know who you’re traveling with. A great adventure trip leader wears many hats: guide, interpreter, teacher, mother hen, drill sergeant, and group psychologist. So don’t be shy about asking to speak with people who have traveled with them before.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/ / CC BY 2.0

One response to “How Much Adventure Do You Want?”

  1. Deb says:

    I want all the adventure my body can handle. I think the group leader is the biggest thing I look for when I book adventure travel. I can’t wait for the chance to travel with you guys — and I am GOING to make that happen. If not this year, then next. I am counting on it!

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