Adventure travel is true to its name; there’s an adventurous component. This can be as extreme as jumping from a plane, swimming with sharks, or sea kayaking for the first ever in your life. But, some of these experiences are as subtle as everyday challenges in the real world. When was the last time you made dinner over a readied bed of coals or ate dandelions?
Most adventure travel is outdoors, which means more exercise! But, it also means more exposure to allergens, air pollution and other environmental contaminants that actually have a protective factor in strengthening the immune system and adding to the longevity of your life. So, get out there and live longer.
It Also Improves Your Mental Health
Exercise helps clear the brain, but so does a break from society. Time spent in nature or doing things we are not accustom to has been proven to yield measurable benefits that reduce the risk of depression.
You Push Your Comfort Zone, Raising Your Ability to Embrace Uncertainty
Anyone can stick to a schedule or follow the known cliché, like sun tanning on a man built beach at an all-inclusive resort, but what’s the true beauty in that? When you bungie jump from a 100-foot bridge, spend over a week in the rainforest, or kayak down the Costa Rican Coastline into the Gulf of Nicoya, your limits are pushed and all of the sudden the developed world is much much easier.
You Get to Check-Off the Bucket List
Do you have a bucket list? If you don’t, you should make one! Usually, they consist of adventurous aspirations and goals. Many adventure-travel-types will check-off at least one or two of them. Ever dreamed of hang-gliding in New Zealand? Why not? You only have one life, go for it!
It Treats the 21st Century Epidemic: Technology Saturation
We live in a world saturated by technology. We struggle to focus, often feel overwhelmed, stressed out, and miserable from an overwhelming amount of stimulus that continuously bombards our personal and professional space. Technology doesn’t have a place in adventure travel and even if it does, e.g. cameras and cell phones, it’s still much easier to take a break from it. You would be surprised how much you might appreciate that.
It Sparks the Desire to do More With Your Life
Nearly all forms of adventure travel push your comfort zone. But, when you make it through a journey or experience something exhilarating you wouldn’t otherwise do, everyday life is suddenly easier. We re-enter the daily routine hungry for more. All of the sudden pursuing new job opportunities, traveling more, exploring different perspectives and making a conscious effort to do good becomes more prevalent.
Beyond the opportunities to try new things, elevate your physical and mental health, escape technology, check off your bucket list and start a spark for more from your life, adventure travel –plan and simple– is something that everyone should try. After all, you truly only have one life. We’ll leave you with this, “I do not regret the things I’ve done, but those I did not do.” – Rory Cochrane.
Happy travels and thanks for reading!