Adventure Travel for the Free-Spirited Individual by milkymo


									Adventure Travel for the Free-Spirited Individual

Adventure tourism is now one of the fastest growing trends in travel
business. It started with Leo Le Bon who co-founded the world’s first
adventure travel company—Mountain Tours with other eight travel mates. Le
Bon and others made the first commercial journey to the Annapurna region
of Nepal. Since then, the travel business grew rapidly resulting to a
plethora of travel companies that offer adventure vacations.

Classifying an adventure travel however pose a little difficulty in
defining what exactly it means. Adventure travel depends on the level of
strenuousness of activities involved. Adventure may involve leisure
biking and hiking for some travelers or it may entail base jumping into
an underground cave in Mexico.

Nevertheless, a travel involves some fundamental aspects to be classified
as adventure. Adventure travel typically includes going to far-flung
areas, intermingling with various cultures, and doing a physical

Two categories of adventure travel are hard and soft adventures. Hard
adventures fall under extreme and mostly dangerous sporting activity.
Examples of hard adventures are rock climbing, surfing, paragliding, and
scuba diving in remote locations. Soft adventures, on the other hand, are
leisure activities that are often educational. It does not involve
strenuous activity unlike hard adventures. Bird watching, religious
pilgrimages and architectural tours fall under soft adventures.

But you might wonder who usually embark on an adventure travel? Travel
Industry Association of America’s (TIA) study indicated an estimated 20
percent of adult travelers are adventure tourists. It is also parallel to
The Wall Street Journal reporting in 2003 that revenues from adventure
tourism has skyrocketed topping the adventure market with $245 million

While many studies say college-educated males in their 20s typically
embark on hard adventures, it is harder to categorize people who go for
soft adventures. They say baby boomers and seniors significantly affect
the rise of number of soft travelers. However, adventure-seeking women
have also substantially caused the continuous growing of the industry.
For example, divorcees ages 40 and 60 usually turn to adventure travel as
a shift into new lives.

In addition, adventure travels are physically and psychologically
beneficial both men and women. Physical challenges like mountain climbing
require both physical fitness and focus. It develops muscles as well as
serves as an excellent mental workout. Achieving difficult tasks also
help build self-esteem especially for people in midlife crisis.

There are several options to what kind of adventure travel fits a
specific type of person. But you should determine first how adventurous
you would like to be. A travel agency may actually help steer you through
the multitude choices that you will face.
Sports-themed vacations are well-liked for athletes. Examples of these
are baseball fantasy camps and NASCAR driving schools. Safari is one
example of soft adventures popular to many of varying ages. This may
involve driving and walking through the African plains and come into
close contact with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Longtime popular destinations are the Seven Wonders of World that include
biking and hiking to these locales. Some of the world wonders include
pyramids of Egypt, expedition to Antarctica, cultural tour in Japan and
Ethiopia, the Great Wall of China, and Taj Mahal in India.

If you opt to have an adventure travel however, be sure to be safe as
much as possible. Take note that adventure travel has inherent danger

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