What is Adventure Travel?


Adventure travel is a vague term mostly associated with some type of activity you do while traveling.  Common outdoor travel adventures include hiking, kayaking, climbing, and bicycling to name just a few.

The activity is important but there’s more to adventure travel then just what you are doing.  Ask yourself, “What am I trying to achieve on this trip?  What am I trying to avoid?”  Adventure travel falls somewhere in-between this risk-reward mentality.

The award usually includes some type of self discovery or actualization and commonly involves some form of contact with nature but not always.  Contact with a foreign culture and social immersion often fosters the same feelings of accomplishment.

The risk is usually thought to be any fear, distress or danger involved up to and including death.  There is a obvious direct correlation in the degree of risk and the amount of reward one feels.

So far we know adventure travel is composed of 4 major constructs: risk, reward, adventure and travel. We can break it down even further by reviewing the components of each.

Adventure = Activities. What will you do? Hike, bike, climb, kayak, etc. What is the adventure? Often times the adventure can determine where you want to travel. We love to hear these type of adventurous activities but don’t get caught up thinking your travel experience don’t live up to the term adventure.

What do I mean? Simple, one persons everyday routine can be another persons adventure. Maybe it’s going to take some adrenaline filled white water to get your blood pumping. Maybe just leaving the country is enough to tug at your stomach and cause you alarm. Just stepping outside yourself is enough to say I traveled and It was an adventure.

Travel = Environment.  Where are you going?  The environment is important not just because it will determine the range of activities you can participate in.  It will also help heighten the appeal of such activities. Kayaking the same river in your neighborhood every month is fun I guess. But it’s a lot less exciting than grabbing the kayak, hitting the road and seeking out a whole new river and experience to conquer.

Risk = Experience. Generally, experience and skill level coincides with risk.  The degree of risk-taking has a positive correlation with the level of experience and skill of the participant.  In other words, If I’ve never skied before the beginner hill might provide enough challenge and fulfillment to me but to a accomplished skier, the desire to participate and amount of satisfaction is diminished.

Reward = Motivation. Finally, the motivation, risk and desire to participate all lead up to the final reward. It’s this feeling of accomplishment that will keep you going.  Not only will it see the current adventure to a end but it will renew your ambitions pushing you forward into seeking new ones.

The experience you gain from your past and present adventures will give you the courage to seek something more challenging. It will give you the motivation to test your skills and push them to new levels in pursuit of this risk reward relationship.

So Do you have Adventure Travels you want to share?

If you are thinking about writing for Round World Travels then think about your travel adventures in the way we outlined above.  Convey this to us as a community.

You may get back from your trip and think I just had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica.  You sit down to write about it and you are hard pressed to find the details that make this a article someone else wants to read.

“We arrived in Costa Rica, we did this, we did that, then we did this.”  Nobody cares!  I don’t want to read your Itinerary.  If I know you personally then maybe I care a little but probably just a little.  If I don’t know you I probably don’t care at all.  So what do I care about?  What will other readers care about and want to read?

Your main goal should be to convey what you did but still somehow pick me up as a reader that can relate even if I have never done it myself.  As humans we all want to relate to each other.  Use the activities and experiences you had as a guide to run a much deeper, rich and detailed encounter with yourself and what is happening around you.

What you did needs to turn from just “what you did” to:

  • Why you did it (activity x- maybe this was the first time.  You wanted to give it a whirl, someone talked you into it, you wanted to test yourself, whatever the why.)
  • Where were you? (details- what lake?  Was it hard to get there?  What stood out – the landscapes,wildlife, flora, water?)
  • What happened (details are good, tell us about the crazy bus ride and the peculiar person, food, circumstances encountered.  )
  • What fears you faced (tell us your fears, how you overcame them, etc.)
  • Did it test you in some way? (courage, patience, skills, abilities, etc.)
  • What did you gain from it?  (was it a good outcome?  are you better for it?  Maybe you hated it – tell us.)
  • What about skills? (what skills did you start with, what skills did you gain?)
  • Did a new understanding develop?  (Think yourself, culturally, socially, etc.)

The above ideas are not meant to be a solid outline of what we are looking for as far as content.  Mostly this guide is to help those writing about personal experiences/adventures.  This won’t fit well if your writing about snowboard techniques or your top 10 camping spots, travel tips, etc.  Use your judgement.

Want some examples?

Here are 3 great examples of contributing GUAP  authors that showcase the type of content we like in regard to personal accounts of adventure.

Published in People to Meet, Places to Go, Things to Do

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