Adventure Travel

Sally-Jo Asser on 15 February 2021
There are many ways in which we can see the world be it a package or tailormade holiday, stays in luxury hotels or homestays in community projects, self-drive touring or organised group tour. There are so many different ways to see the highlights and experience a singular destination. So when asked “Can you give me a quote for (insert destination)?”, there is so much more I need to know about you and what you want to gain from your trip before I can even begin to create the right itinerary for you.

Like many people I enjoy all kinds of travel from bucket & spade family package holiday to city or beach breaks with my friends. But there’s one type of travel that I’m really passionate about, that really gets my travel spirit soaring…… Adventure Travel.

What is Adventure Travel? My love for adventure travel began at a very early age. As the youngest of four, every summer until I was 10years old, we took off for most of the summer holidays to stay with my aunt & uncle on St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. It was a rich experience; helicopter flights, watching gig races, pleasure boats rides to other islands, beach picnics, rock climbing, lancing by torchlight, shrimping, mackerel fishing, ice creams, crab sandwiches, cornish pasties that ooze over the side of the plate, sitting on huge cannons and walking the walled Garrison that once protected the islands from the Spanish Armada in the 1500’s…. So many experiences, rich history, exhilarating excitement and adventure, I was immensely privileged to have lived these Enid Blyton summers.

To me, Adventure travel conjures up ideals of merging with the locals, journeying off the beaten track, experiencing a little of the journeys of our great explorers, eating where the locals eat, seeing sights at times not flooded with mainstream tourists, being active, staying in community villages, experiencing local customs and everyday life. Exploring on foot and taking time to just sit and be part of the local vibe.

Adventure travel doesn’t have to be some epic, once in a lifetime, bucket list destination….. although that is preferable to me. But you’ll find adventure travel on a surfing weekend in Cornwall, or walking the coastline once dominated by smugglers. Tread in the footsteps of Romans, exploring the ruins along Hadrians Wall, one of the richest examples of Roman history in the UK.

Adventure travel can be done completely independently but I prefer to do it in the safe and experienced hands of experts like Intrepid Travel, G Adventure to name but a few. These guys specialise in small group adventure travel, they will take care of you from the start meeting point to farewell departure point, all you need do is get yourself there all of which I can arrange for you.

Why do it? I thrive on these new experiences. I love to learn about new cultures, or just new things about cultures already known. I love the challenges that it presents, it takes me out of my comfort zone, tests my ability to cope with what the journey throws at me (skills I can apply to life). We’re all very different and so Adventure travel may not speak to your soul but to me the challenges of travelling solo, meeting new people, learning a new activity, enduring the elements, and testing my physical ability is so exhilarating for me.

Navigating these challenges gives me a sense of satisfaction, of something achieved, something I can look back on and feel like I have come away with new skills, new experiences, new understanding, new knowledge. Don’t get me wrong, I love a fly’n flop beach holiday but they serve a different purpose.

What’s on my Adventure Travel List? Antarctica (fingers crossed this is happening in November 2021 with Intrepid Travel) India, North & South Turtle Hatching Sailing Croatia coast La Tomatina Festival – reminds me of a food fight I experienced in my 20’s (so much fun) Lisbon Food tour Galapagos Islands Greek Island Hopping

What about you? Do you fancy some Adventure Travel? Where would you go? What would you want to experience?

If you’d like some help with shaping your adventure thoughts, or know someone who would, then contact me on the link above and let’s get talking. If it leads to nowhere then that’s the journey, at the very least we will be enriched by having met each other.

Adventure is all around us if we open our eyes and minds to experiencing it.