When those of you think of adventure travel frequently it rouses pictures of mountain climbing, water activities, skydiving and many other activities both for leisure and as extreme sports.
While these certainly are associated with adventure travel, it may even include something as quiet as a horse and carriage ride through the cobbled streets of Bruges.
Your objective is to get out of your comfort zone and to start searching for encounters which are new. For adventure travel or experiences it is possible that there is even something close by to your home, or it could mean an overseas or inter-state trip.
More and more these new and fulfilling experiences are becoming popular with the majority of us needing the break from work for a holiday or just by bringing some excitement to your weekends.
Once upon a time tropical island resorts were the only way to go when travel was concerned but in these modern times many of the world’s travellers are seeking out something new. In this way we have seen a rise in adventure travel which includes popular places such as the Inca Trail, camping in the African Wilderness or climbing the summit of one of the world’s many mountain ranges.
That said even on tropical islands many will book tours to incorporate with their sun-going, relaxing trip such as island cultural tours, scenic flights, snorkelling or scuba diving trips and the like.
Adventure travel is not for everybody. It is for that type of person who needs those new experiences and someone who wants to encounter the unknown by exploring somewhere on the road less travelled.
There are of course elements of danger while on an adventure trip. Climbing Everest for example imposes a much bigger number of risky than say planting yourself under an umbrella at the beach. Use your best judgement when taking up an activity using reputable companies.
Adventure travel also does not necessarily have to be organised tour or a familiar scenario and each and every individual will have their own style, thoughts and emotions attached to each adventure trip.
One of my prime examples of adventure that I have experienced includes shark diving with Great Whites in South Africa, a school of up to 30 Galapagos Sharks in Hawaii and even swimming cage-less with grey Nurse Sharks in my home town of Sydney Australia. I’ve always been fascinated with sharks throughout my life so to experience them up close was an adventure on the road less travelled that I had to take.
On another trip I took to a small, quiet village of the Scottish Highlands known as Braemar which was the place of my ancestors which included a castle once belonging to them.
These are just some examples of adventure travel but there are so many more; sport fishing trips, caving or spelunking trips, scuba diving holidays, whale watching experiences, mountain treks, safari, wildlife tours and so many more.
The destination truly is up to you as an individual and the ideas out there are limitless. So forget about those holidays where you do nothing all week, seek out and find your most favoured adventure.
I challenge you to take up some kind of Adventure Travel. See the Big 5 Safari Animals at Kruger, climb Mt Everest, witness an active volcano, trek the Inca Trail and so much more.