TO EACH THEIR OWN JOURNEY
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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