The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WELCOME - JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDI­TOR

Adventure, like bud­get and lux­ury, is a travel term that is rel­a­tive to the in­di­vid­ual. By dic­tio­nary def­i­ni­tion it means “an un­der­tak­ing usu­ally in­volv­ing dan­ger and un­known risks; an ex­cit­ing or re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence” or “an un­usual and ex­cit­ing, typ­i­cally haz­ardous, ex­pe­ri­ence or ac­tiv­ity”. Syn­ony­mous words in­clude es­capade, deed, feat and ex­pe­ri­ence.

Based on that, the per­son who has never owned a pass­port, and then de­cides to hop on a plane and head to an­other hemi­sphere, is likely to feel the same sense of ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion as the one who has climbed the myth­i­cal Mat­ter­horn in the Alps and is now tack­ling Earth’s high­est peak above sea level, Mount Ever­est.

The cou­ple who has cruised from Am­s­ter­dam to Bu­dapest but is now tak­ing on the more ex­otic Nile might have the same lev­els of ex­hil­a­ra­tion as the pair who have never hopped on a ship but are about to face the in­fa­mous Drake Pas­sage on the way to Antarc­tica.

In other words, it’s not all about heart-stop­ping en­coun­ters with wild an­i­mals or heart-start­ing, phys­i­cally in­tense com­mit­ments, rather a trip that chal­lenges you men­tally or phys­i­cally and pos­si­bly takes you out of your com­fort zone.

One of the cur­rent trends in adventure travel, the theme of this week’s cover story, is re­mote­ness. This is not just the idea of be­ing in na­ture. In­stead, it’s about get­ting off the grid, hope­fully to a place where your phone doesn’t work and there is no Wi-Fi, so you can re­ally im­merse your­self in your sur­round­ings.

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