Travel Tips

How to Find an Adventure

Are you looking for that next exciting adventure in your life? 

If so, following are a few things to help you find it.

With so many incredible options available it’s good to take a systematic approach that will save you time and help you find your adventure dream come true.

So, how to find an adventure?

First, we’ll cover some things for you to consider when choosing an adventure, then I’ll get more specific with some lists of adventure activities to get you thinking.

Here are three factors to look at when evaluating the adventure travel activities that will be the the best fit for you.

– The risk involved
– The skills needed and physical factors
– The fun factor

How to find an adventure
How to find an adventure

How to find an adventure

When wondering how to find an adventure that suits you, consider the below factors.

The risks of the adventure

When some people think of adventure travel experiences they get visions of paragliding around the Swiss Alps or swimming with sharks in the Bahamas. Yes, those activities have a certain amount of risk involved.

However, an adventure doesn’t have to be dangerous in order for you to have the time of your life. Walking and cultural tours are very popular, and you can find them all over the world. Wildlife watching is an incredible adventure and you can do it from the comfort of a boat (whale watching) or you can kick it up a notch and go to the Australian Outback or the Galapagos Islands.

Generally speaking, the higher the risk, the more adrenaline you get. So, if your middle name is “Danger,” and you love an adrenaline rush, you’re going to have to embrace the risks involved.

So ask yourself this question: How much risk are you willing to take on?

The skill and physical factors

Fortunately, many adventure activities come with training wheels.

For instance, if you want to try skydiving, you don’t have to jump out of a perfectly good airplane all by yourself. You can connect (literally) to an expert and let them guide you through the experience while you focus on the fun of it.

White water rafting runs have several grades of difficulty, trekking routes vary in their length (and the terrain) and many other popular adventure travel experiences offer a range in the degree of difficulty to suit most people.

If you’re in great shape, and have the experience needed, you can head off to Paarl Rock in South Africa for some grade-A rock climbing. However, even if you’re not the athletic type you can find thrilling adventures like zipline canopy tours, horseback riding and flying adventures that are sure to get your heart pumping.

The point is this: Don’t let a lack of expertise, or great physical conditioning, get in the way of adventure. You can try something that interests you in a safe environment and then pursue it on your own if you find you have the passion for it.

The fun factor

So, what do you like doing most? Will it be adventure on land, on (or in) the water or would you like to get airborne? It’s time to start narrowing down your options.

Here are some lists of the most popular adventure travel experiences out there.

Land adventures

Everest Base Camp Trek tour
Everest Base Camp Trek tour

Water adventures

Kitesurfing in Tarifa, Spain
Kitesurfing in Tarifa, Spain

Air adventures

Hacienda Guachipelin Adventure Tours, Costa Rica
Hacienda Guachipelin Adventure Tours canopy tour

Before you make your final decision there are a few more things to think about.

Ask yourself some basic questions.

– How much time do you have?
– How much money are you willing to spend?

If you’re short on time and/or money then look to stay close to home. If you’re going to plan a great adventure you don’t want to rush it. Overseas adventure travel experiences are great, but for many of us there are fun and exciting excursions within easy driving distance as well. A quick search on Google using the name of the activity and a location should get you some quick and easy results to check out.

What interests you most?

Do you enjoy physical adventures? Then think about these: Hiking and trekking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and paragliding.

If you’re looking for something a little less physical, and more mentally stimulating, then try these: walking tours, cultural tours, wildlife watching and eco tours.

For those looking for exotic exploits consider jungle exploring, flying adventures, camel and elephant riding, safaris, dog sledding and bungee jumping. You can also do a number of things in an exotic location like India, Thailand, Nepal, Brazil, China or the Galapagos Islands.

Luxury adventure travel experiences are extremely popular for those with the disposable income, and there are plenty of luxury accommodations for each of the following: safaris, golf vacations, cruises, resorts and spas (yes, some consider these an adventure), villas in exotic locations and romantic getaways.

If you’ve got family adventure travel on your mind then here’s a short list for you: bicycle tours, camping, fishing, nature trips, white water rafting, eco tours, wildlife watching and zipline canopy tours.

As Andre Gide once said,

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.”

So, now it’s up to you. Discover yourself in the adventures you choose to pursue. 


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