What is adventure travel anyway?
While there is no single definition of adventure travel, there are a few main characteristics that describe all variations of adventure tourism. The main aspects are traveling to adventure vacation destinations that are unique is some respect & usually to a distant location, interacting with different cultures, and undertaking some type of physical activity.
Adventure travel is usually categorized into two groups: hard or extreme adventure travel, and soft adventure travel. Hard means some kind of extreme activity with some level of danger such as paragliding, rock climbing, mountaineering, bungee jumping, and base jumping in remote, exotic locations. Soft adventures aren’t as strenuous or dangerous and can be done by most people with a good level of physical fitness. Examples include like hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking, whitewater rafting, snorkeling, scuba diving, and any kind of sports-based vacation.
Why adventure group travel?
The appeal of adventure travel is the health benefits of physically strenuous activity and other harder to describe benefits such as the powerful sense of accomplishment when you stretch yourself and try something that is difficult and that pushes you out of your comfort zone. And doing adventure group travel - excursions with a small group of other fellow adventurers - is an added bonus with the enhanced feeling of camaraderie when successfully completing a shared experience that was challenging.
Gen X Travel Club and adventure group travel
Many of the trips that Gen X Travel club offers have an adventure group travel streak to them. That is, there are usually a few days that involve some type of physical exertion that is fun & interesting type of activity. Examples of physical activities we’ve built into some of our past itineraries include hiking to a waterfall in Iceland, a boiling lake in Dominica, bike ride from Barcelona to Girona along the coast line of the famous Costa Brava sea side, a mountain peak in Norway, along remote mountain ranges in Morocco or a mountain ridge on the Amalfi Coast high above the iconic coastline and Italian villages. You probably noticed that the fun, physical activity takes place at cool, interesting adventure vacation destinations. Our past travelers tell us that these active excursions are the highlights of their trips that stand out in their memories even after years have passed.