You may have heard that active adventure travel is on the up and up in popularity, but what exactly is it? After all, an adventure is an adventure, right? Not quite.
Today, we seek more than fun out of our adventures. Many of us want to experience travel for physical and wellness benefits. Although, we don’t necessarily mean in the “day spa, meditation, self-care” kind of way. While I love those things, in this post, we will define what an active travel adventure looks like to you.
What is Active Adventure Travel?
Adventure and activity level looks different to everyone. Depending on whose writing you read, the answers will vary.
Everyone has their own personalized version of what active adventure means to them.
For myself, active adventure travel suggests that we awaken the explorer within. We do this by challenging ourselves to:
- new heights
- new locations
- new experiences
Besides the physical and mental challenges, we also need to take care of our spirit. We seek out new locations and experiences. We seek to fill ourselves with a sense of awe and gratitude.
Take This Adventure To Challenge Yourself
Each time we push past our limitations we expand a little more. Each time we succeed, we reinforce confidence within ourselves. While they may be similar, your goals and indicators of success will differ from anyone else’s.
Ask yourself, what does an active adventure look like to me?
- Does it look like a 2-day backpacking trip in the mountains versus your normal day hikes?
- Does it look like signing up for physical activities versus relaxing on the beach?
- Does it look like challenging yourself to zip line even though you are afraid of heights?
- Does it look like climbing higher than you’ve ever climbed before?
- Does it look like taking an ice bath in the middle of an exotic location?
- Does it look like going on a spiritual journey to expand your mind?
Whatever it looks like to you, define your goals. The reward is in the feeling you get when you try your best to accomplish them.
Even if you don’t get the end result, the journey will change you in some way, as cliche as that may sound.
Why should I do this?
At this point, you might be asking yourself, “Why should I do this?” I don’t blame you. With a challenge often times comes a bit of fear and uncomfortable feelings. Neither of which are synonymous with vacation, or relaxation. Don’t write it off just yet!
Benefit 1: It makes exercise easier. It’s no secret that exercise isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do. The necessity for physical activity is ever-growing.
How many of us spend countless hours at our desk, only to retire to the couch exhausted from our day?
Outdoor activity invigorates the mind and body. This makes it easier to move for longer periods of time. Dare I say it becomes enjoyable?
Here are a few activities that combine adventure and exercise:
- Trail Running
- White-water rafting
- Walking Tours
- Canoe Tours
Benefit 2: You will see things you would have never seen and experienced otherwise. It’s easy to sit at the campsite, lay on the beach, or hang out at the lodge. There is a time and place for these things.
That said, once you’re rested, get out and start exploring! Each time we experience a new sight to see, we take a little piece of it with us to keep in our memories. It changes us, even just a little bit, and sometimes profoundly.
Benefit 3: You discover new strengths, and overcome limitations within yourself. When I first started hiking I was scared. Heights and I do not get along and because of it, I was limited to the trails I was willing to take. Anything that ascended to a view and a drop wasn’t happening. Slowly but surely I challenged myself to do hikes that were harder, longer, and higher up in elevation. The sense of pride I have with every hike I finish feels amazing. My body has grown stronger, and my balance more sure of itself.
If you’re afraid, take things slow. Your journey isn’t a race. It’s about the experience of connecting with yourself more than anything else.
In conclusion: Define your own Terms
Your journey is your own to take at your own pace and on your own terms. Define what an active travel adventure looks like for you and make it happen!