Adventure Travel

What is Adventure Travel?

If you ask someone what an adventure is you will get an answer as unique as the individual. For some people it’s trekking mountains and scuba diving the great barrier reef, for other people, it is immersing themselves in foreign country and its culture. Adventure travel encompasses all these experiences and so much more.

The definition of adventure travel by the Adventure Travel Trade Association is a tourist activity that includes physical activity, a cultural exchange, or activities in nature.  As you see, with this definition many trips you have already taken or are considering would be classified as adventure travel.

Adventure tourism is about connecting with a new culture, meeting new people and exploring a new area while being active.  It’s not about pushing physical boundaries or taking part in a risky activities, unless that is your thing of course.

Do you like to explore new places? Do you want to have first hand cultural experiences is the countries you visit? Do you like to travel away from the beaten track… even if it’s only a block over?  Then you my friend are an adventure traveller!

Adventure travel safari
Going on Safari in Tanzania

There is so much more to the world than all inclusives resorts and ocean cruising.  While enjoying these experiences can make for a relaxing vacation there are not many opportunities to explore the country you are visiting or experience the local culture and the people that bring it alive.  With many adventure travel itineraries you have the chance to immersive yourself in your destination. Staying in local accommodations, eating at local restaurants, using local guide and shopping at local businesses which in turn supports the local community. Some adventure travel companies such as G Adventures make sustainable tourism a priority in the tours they offer.

Michelle Gaudet Machu Picchu
Me at Machu Pichu with G Adventures

Adventure tourism is usually broken down into 2 categories, hard adventures and soft adventures.

Hard adventures are highly technical, involves long distances or the use of ropes and has an element of risk. Activities would include base jumping, scuba diving, trekking, mountain (rock or ice) climbing and paragliding.

Soft adventures require minimal training and involve a cultural or natural aspect. Activities would include day hikes, horseback riding, kayaking, cooking classes, archaeological visits, bird watching, and going on a safari.

Adventure Travel paragliding
Paragliding in Lima, Peru

Adventure travel has something for all travellers looking to explore and learn more about the people, cultures and landscapes that make up the destination they are visiting.

Are you thinking about crossing an adventure off your bucket list in 2021/22?  Let me take care of the details so you can focus on the adventure. Hit the yellow button below to request a call back.


Michelle Gaudet | Certified Travel Counsellor | Adventure & Experiential Travel Specialist

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