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Adventure Travel 101

I LOVE adventure travel!! I’ll be honest though…I’m not exactly an adrenaline junkie who has the nerve (or skill) to climb high jagged mountain peaks in the Himalayas and then hurl myself fast downhill with two boards on my feet. I don’t like heights so falling out of an airplane, jumping off a bridge with a rubber band around my ankles, or rock climbing doesn’t appeal to me either. So how can I be a true adventure traveler? I believe John Amatt, an Everest expedition leader and motivational speaker sums it up the best. "Adventure isn't hanging on a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an ATTITUDE that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life - facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and, in the process, discovering our own unique potential." There does seem to be a lack of a clear and definitive definition of what adventure travel is. The term “adventure travel” can scare people away that lack specialized skills and don’t want high risk activities. Good old Wikipedia defines adventure travel as “a type of tourism, involving exploration or travel with perceived (and possibly actual) risk, and potentially requiring specialized skills and physical exertion.” Hmmm…sounds a little scary to me. As a Travel Advisor with membership to the AdvenHot to Globe Trot, travel, adventure, Lynnwood, WAture Travel Trade Association I believe their definition is the one that fits me the best. Adventure travel is “any tourist activity that includes two of these three components: physical activity, some kind of cultural exchange, and interaction with nature.” Yes, I love this definition!! It fits my lower risk, non- heights loving, sense of adventure that resonates with me. So what does this all really mean? Adventure travel is what you’re comfortable with and is often divided into two categories. It can be “hard” adventure activities that do require specialized skills, equipment, and a higher risk such as mountain climbing, skydiving, rock climbing, mountain biking, downhill skiing etc. Or you can be like me and into “soft” adventure activities that require less skill, less specialized equipment, and a lower risk of bodily injury. Backpacking, hiking, kayaking, road biking, and basically anything where I don’t have to leave the ground are the types of adventures I seek out when traveling. Hot to Globe Trot, travel, adventure, Lynnwood, WAI do believe there is a pendulum and an extremely wide array of what each person considers adventure. Adventure for you might mean eating a fried grasshopper in Thailand or a dish with squid ink in Italy. I have my limits with how adventurous I am with food but I’ve tried some different and funky things. Adventure might mean following a local on an impromptu tour of a small town’s history, learning to cook a new dish in a cooking class, and learning about (and of course tasting) regional wines on a wine tour. Wherever your travels may take you go with the idea that you will add some kind of adventure. I guarantee you will come away with a broader and richer experience, and have better stories to tell.

10 Responses to Adventure Travel 101

  1. Kay (Pouncer) Winfield November 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    Great site! I am not able to do travel much so I plan on living vicariously through your blog! Someday you and Rhonda and I will actually meet. At least I hope so. Good Luck with the Blog.

    • Angela Sipe November 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks Kay!! I guess I’ll have to keep writing good stuff to keep you entertained! I hope we get to meet up sometime too. We need an east coast adventure!

  2. sheila keefe November 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    I loved your blog, held my attention through to the end Good for you and Congratulations!

    • Angela Sipe November 24, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      Aaawww…thanks Sheila! I miss you! I’m so overdue for a Talkeetna trip!

  3. Ronda November 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    I love your definition of adventure travel

    • Angela Sipe November 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks Ronda, I know how much you love adventure travel!!

  4. Monica November 13, 2015 at 12:01 am #

    Great first blog post! I learned a lot. 🙂

  5. Gina Adams Royer November 13, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Angie! This is great! I agree with your definition too. I look forward to some adventures with you and Ronda this coming summer! Also looking forward to more blogs from you…..
    Happy travels Gina

    • Angela Sipe November 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Thanks Gina!! I appreciate the feedback 😉 Looking forward to visiting you in Prosser sometime!!

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