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5 Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

Lately I’ve been in a bit of a slump-slash-quarter-life-identity-crisis.

Actually, let’s not kid ourselves here, I’m always in one of those moods.

While in some respects I’ve never felt happier – I finally feel like I am on track with my life and doing what I love, and I’m following my dreams yada yada yada. I know I have grown and evolved so much thanks to travel, especially over the past year, but sometimes I look back and wonder if some things weren’t better before?

You see, recently I have been feeling less adventurous than I used to be. A lot less adventurous.

Like, I could go climb that mountain but this cafe has super fast wifi and comfortable armchairs. And coffee.

Life is about making tough decisions, right?

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Growing up I never really considered myself “adventurous” by any sense of the word. In fact, I’d go as far as to say I was a class A scaredy cat. I was that kid who’d climb to the top of the monkey bars, look down and realize how far I was from the ground, then cry until the teacher came and plucked me off.

Yeah, that was me.

The one arena where I was very adventurous was my imagination.

As a kid I was lucky if I got a annual weekend beach getaway with my mom, something that caused uncontrollable wanderlust within me from an early age. Whether I was pouring over our collection of National Geographics in the unused front bedroom or reading library books about faraway (often made-up) lands after bedtime with a flashlight under the covers, my one static memory from childhood was a unwavering desire to see the world.

I wanted to experience it all. I couldn’t wait to get on the road and travel.

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As a teenager and then college student, I started to challenge myself more and push my limits, or as my mom likes to say, push her buttons. For parents, what’s the difference really?

By 19 ,I moved abroad and had the profound realization that anything is possible, sparking “my adventure years,” as I like to refer to them now, where I threw myself off bridges, rappelled off cliffs, and pretty much did anything and everything rash without a second thought. I was determined to conquer my fears and be as “adventurous” as possible, proving to myself that I could do it.

But this past year something changed, and getting caught all up in traveling full-time, I’ve slipped away from that girl I used to be. Is it just because I’m getting older or is it something else?

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Moving to Spain alone was my first big adventure

I think I got comfortable. I think my priorities changed. But the worst part is I’ve stopped pushing myself.

For some reason, doing challenging, adventurous activities no longer appealed to me. I also had my first big travel accident recently when I fell off a camel, which not only was a giant slap in the face that I am NOT immortal but also freaked me the hell out.

Apparently I’ve reverted back to my jungle-gym fears, only this time I don’t have Miss Summer to come save me. Crap.

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Now riding camels is an extreme sport for me

Now that I am back in New Zealand, which ironically happens to be the adventure capital of the world,  I’ve been reevaluating what I hope to get out of my time here and just how adventurous I’m willing to be.

For example, I’d rather eat a jar of mayonnaise (which is one of the top 10 grossest foods for me) than go bungee jumping.

A year ago I would have jumped off the highest bungee here no question, but now I’m not so sure.

Speaking with many of you as well as with new and old friends around the world, I’ve actually started to question the idea of “adventure travel,” and what does that mean exactly? After many conversations (where beer was usually involved in someway or another) I’ve had some big revelations about adventure, something near and dear to me.

Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

You see, I believe adventure travel is so much more than what bloggers and digital media are making it seem like nowadays. Even with all my fears and doubts now, I still consider myself to be a fairly adventurous person. The concept of adventure travel is much more complex and broad than people make it out to be.

I feel like the idea of adventure travel has become very stereotyped at its best, and often misleading, superficial or judgmental at its worst.

Personally I don’t relate at all to many of the “adventure” icons out there. I have developed my own brand of adventure that’s constantly changing and evolving, and I think the same can be true for everybody.

I’m not fearless and I make no pretension to be.

But enough of my own doubts and questions; I’ve rambled on long enough. Let me break down these ugly and unfortunately popular myths surrounding adventure travel for you.

Myths about Adventure Travel

1. Adventure travel means jumping out of planes and swimming with sharks – FALSE

What comes to mind when I say “adventure travel?”

Sharks. Airplanes. Bungee cords or some kind of rope. Eating scorpions and swimming naked with icebergs, right?

Let me let you in on a big secret – adventure travel is only as extreme as you make it out to be. Adventure is relative. Adventure is dynamic. What I consider to be an adventurous activity is not necessarily what someone else does.

And just how adventure depends on how you define it, it also fluctuates without rhyme or reason. My idea of adventure changes all the time, and that’s totally fine. Yours can too.

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For me, adventure travel is any sort of travel that shakes up routine and puts you out of your comfort zone and pushes you beyond your standard limits

Whether that means biking solo across Africa or hiking on a glacier or going on your first independent trip or going to a country where you don’t speak the language, it’s up to you.

When I first moved abroad and took my first solo trip, I considered that in and of itself extremely adventurous. It was something that made me nervous. It was something I had never done before. It was something that made me uncomfortable but I was determined to try it for myself and see it through.

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For me, traveling to Egypt was an adventure

Myths about Adventure Travel

Later on I began to correlate adventure travel with extreme sports, so I would try to do the craziest sport or activity wherever I went. Anything that offered a guaranteed adrenaline rush, and I was game. But now those things don’t hold the same appeal for me anymore.

However, I want to get back to challenging myself on the road, so I am determined to try a few more crazy activities while I’m in New Zealand. I don’t want to leave here with any regrets.

At the end of the day, adventure travel is what you make of it. Ignore those ads or bloggers that paint adventure in black and white. Only you can define what adventure travel means.

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I drew the line at running with the bulls

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2. Adventure travel is expensive – FALSE

Ah my favorite travel-related stereotype and excuse – the cost. While it’s almost impossible to travel for free, at the same time traveling isn’t as expensive as you think it is.

The same can be said of adventure activities. Climbing Everest or sailing to the South Pole might not come cheap, but there are plenty of deals and ways around the cost. And even then if you have a flexible schedule, there are almost always last minute deals and discounts you can find if you dig around long enough.

Most importantly is priority. Ask yourself some key questions when you start planning a trip. Maybe you have to make some sacrifices or a tough decision – bungee jumping or skydiving, maybe you can’t do both. But even if it is expensive, you should ask yourself is it worth the cost. Is it something you’d remember for the rest of your life? How important is it to you?

Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

The first time I bungee jumped was in Switzerland, and to be able to pay for it, my friends and I slept in an airport for 2 nights, and shared a hostel dorm bed for the third. Was it worth it? Hell yes.

Also if you’re interested in extreme sports or adventure activities, try to book ahead or online and not once you arrive. I’ve noticed many companies offer discounts for booking online in advance.

But maybe that route isn’t for you and you’re more interested in other activities. My go-to free activity when traveling is hiking. Almost possible everywhere in the world, it usually doesn’t cost a penny.

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In fact, I’d go as far as to argue that adventure travel can be the cheapest way to go, since budgeting while traveling usually means cutting out comfort in one way or another. Maybe you rent a van and sleep in it on a roadtrip – that’s adventurous, I haven’t done that yet – or you camp or hitchhike your way around a country. Maybe even you try couchsurfing. Those are all extremely budget-friendly travel options, and in my books, are pretty adventurous.

No matter where you go in the world, you can get out of your comfort zone and try something adventurous without spending a fortune. I promise.

Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

3. Adventure travel is risky and dangerous – FALSE

Anything unknown or uncomfortable can be seen as dangerous.

Personally I don’t think adventure activities post more threats than things you might encounter at home. This of course is a generalization, depending on how far you go and how far you push yourself. Of course basejumping in Norway is much more dangerous than going out to dinner with friends back home, but that’s an extreme scenario. I never feel in danger traveling and doing adventurous activities.

But perhaps the risks that appear to be involved in adventure travel are what make it so appealing to some (or abhorrent to others). Adventure travel is most certainly romanticized nowadays, but don’t forget that there is a wide range of what can be considered adventurous – and the same can be said of the risks involved.

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Canyoning in Switzerland was by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done

It’s important to be logical when assessing risk, but above all, be smart.

Preparation and research are the most important things you can do before doing something adventurous on the road. Does this company have a good safety record? What are the risks involved with whatever you want to attempt and how can you avoid them? Cover your bases before leaving.

Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

4. Adventure travel require you to be in shape – FALSE

Again, I feel when I look at people who do extreme sports and adventure travel in media today, they are all very athletic-looking and are in good shape. Either they look buff, or strong or totally fearless. Like they wrestled with crocodiles before breakfast, jumped off a waterfall after lunch, and ran a 10K before dinner. But an image is just an image.

The reality for me has been the complete opposite. I have met many adventurous souls around the world, and most of them look completely ordinary. Hell, when I went skydiving in July, the first woman out of the plane was a middle-aged mom twice my size who was jumping for the 3rd time in a week.

Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

While some activities you might need to be in shape for – like high altitude trekking with a huge backpack for a month in Nepal or cycling across America, for the most part adventure travel is 95% mental.

Can you find the courage and strength within yourself to do something challenging?

It’s a question of whether or not you are up to the challenge, if you want to push yourself to have a once in a lifetime experience. It’s completely fine if that’s not your cup of tea, but if you do have a dream of trying crazy things or being more adventurous on the road, don’t let a fear of not being fit hold you back.

Myths about Adventure Travel

Myths about Adventure Travel

5. Adventure travel is superficial – FALSE

I was actually super guilty of believing in this stereotype until pretty recently. Many people just get addicted to the rush or high you get from doing “crazy” things for the sake of crazy things on the road. But if you let it, adventure travel can mean so much more than just an awesome story to tell to your friends later on.

I believe adventure travel is not just making memories, it can actually make you a better person – what a bold statement, I know! Hear me out.

Why  are people interested in adventure travel? For me, I am interested in unique experiences and challenging myself. I enjoy being able to conquer my fears and try something different or even scary. I grew up self-concious and shy and more than a little awkward. Doing these things that I know most people never have the guts to try makes me feel like superman.

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Myths about Adventure Travel

Adventure leads to confidence and independence. Adventure travel does this even more so because you are no longer in the comfort of your home or a familiar place. It teaches you to be brave and to find your courage.

There is nothing more raw or powerful than standing at the edge of a big decision where you find yourself asking the question, can I do this? Do I have what it takes to do this? Whether that question comes up on the platform of a bridge you are about to jump off of or whether you’re looking at a boarding pass about to board a flight somewhere, it’s up to you.

How do you define adventure?

So I want to hear what you have to say. What does adventure travel mean to you? What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Spill!

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Myths about Adventure Travel

62 Responses to 5 Myths about Adventure Travel

  1. jillian November 27, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Lovely photos and lovely quotes, thank you for sharing! I’ve always loved that Jack Kerouac’s quote. I too have never been a very daring person, but after hiking so many amazing places I wouldn’t have discovered if I didn’t have challenged myself, I realized I should start becoming more adventurous. I would love to travel and do all those things you did!

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 4:54 am #

      Adventure is about challenging yourself, which can mean many different things. I’m glad you’ve discovered that through hiking!

  2. SnarkyNomad November 27, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    I don’t think adventurousness is about jumping out of planes. It’s about pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, regardless of what that might be. It’s kind of like that scene in Pleasantville. All the boring characters were growing by doing wild and crazy things, but the wild and crazy girl grew by staying home one night to read a book, because staying in on a Saturday night and turning down a party invitation to read was a totally new experience for her.

    Adventurousness to an adrenalin junkie would be, like…taking a calligraphy class, where a calm demeanor is of the utmost importance.

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 4:53 am #

      Exactly, glad we agree :)

  3. Karisa November 27, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    I really like this post! :) I’ve never considered myself very adventurous. I’d rather spend an afternoon art gazing at a museum than do some kind of extreme activity. But, I like how you say that adventure is what you make of it and how you define it. Sure I’ve never jumped out of an airplane but I did move to Thailand alone without speaking any Thai or knowing a single person in the country. I guess I’m adventurous after all!! :)

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      You are!!!!

  4. Megan November 27, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    i feel more adventurous sitting in a cafe reading a book about the location im in than i ever do jumping out of a plane. once you’ve jumped outta a plane, you’ve jumped outta a plane. no offense ‘adventurous’ people. i agree with what you said that adventure means different things to different people. and it really all is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. living in a different country is adventurous in itself…why pay hundreds of dollars to bungee jump when you get just as much satisfaction by sitting at a cozy cafe with a good book and coffee?? :) different strokes for different folks, i suppose!

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      I know exactly what you mean. SOmetimes I really question why I am doing these activities anymore? They don’t hold the same value for me as they once did, but at the same time, I still want to give some new things a try while I’m here haha

  5. Caitlyn November 27, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Thanks for writing this. I tend to agree – I remember sitting in my hostel in Interlaken in Switzerland while my traveling partner was off bungee jumping. I was cranky because I couldn’t afford it (it constituted something like six days of my budget for me) and I just didn’t want to do it. I didn’t get why someone would want to spend almost a week’s budget on a few minutes rather than travel more and see more! My adventure is actually getting out and seeing as much as I can by myself, while others simply say “Oh I’m so jealous” and never think that they could do the same thing. :)

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      I completely agree!

  6. rachel of hippie in heels November 27, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    I have done all the ‘adventurous’ things like rafting canyoning bungee etc but the REAL adventurous thing I’ve done was backpacking India alone. I was having an anxiety attack on the plane. it was scary and completely awesome. Great post! Quick qquestion -how do you make those memes (the photos with quotes)? might on Picasso don’t look 1/10 as good!

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      download fonts for Picasa, otherwise, I pull them off pinterest

      • Rachel @ Hippie in Heels November 28, 2013 at 4:16 am #

        awesome thanks! i downloaded a font for my header – first time doing so- so i i think i can figure it out!

  7. Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife November 27, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    My husband and I always say we are going to go adventuring and that usually means a walk somewhere in our town or really any trip that is not the norm because it makes the little things seem exciting. Also when I was younger I did all sorts of things that people would fit into the big box of adventures and I am happy I did them then because they gave me the courage to be ok with not being as adventurous now!

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      That’s a really good way to look at it!

  8. Alex @ ifs ands and butts November 27, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    It’s funny how I associate the word adventurous with daunting activities, but then the word adventure I would use for just going on a hike nearby. You are very right, adventure travel to me is just doing something unknown, whether it’s interacting with a new culture, exploring a new trail on a hike, or cliff diving, they’re all adventures if they stimulate you.

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Exactly!

  9. Shalee November 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Great post Liz! One of my favorites…also love the pictures! Adventure to me is anything that takes you out of your natural comfort zone or daily routine. Whether it be a hike along the beach, snorkling with whales or exploring the woods. People often assume adventure is thousands of miles away when in reality some of the best adventures can be right in your backyard. When I was younger (11ish) I used to tell me parents I was going exploring…which meant going to the old water wheel by my house and catching frogs. I would come back and tell them everything I had found on my adventure. Even though I was young and naive those little adventures which I thought were so big have still had an impact on my life. Now that I have grown and can travel on my own I can take with me the experiences that were the starting point of my adventure bug and not only see how much I have grown but to show that you don’t need to jump off a bridge to be adventurous, you just need to be open to the unknown.

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Open to the unknown, what a great way to put it :)

  10. Kelly November 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    The most “adventurous” thing I’ve done while traveling was probably canyoning in Interlaken, but maybe because it was also the scariest. I think adventure is doing anything that makes you leave your comfort zone. That being said, I guess I could consider going to college out of state knowing no one was pretty adventurous and ditto for studying abroad in Salamanca, knowing nothing about it. I feel like adventure makes you try new things and helps you grow as a person.

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      Ok it’s not just me then! I think the scariest adventure activity I’ve done was canyoning in Interlaken!

  11. Megan November 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Love this- it’s so true! “Adventure” travel is one of the fastest growing travel industries, but it means something different for everyone. Adventure travel could be volunteering somewhere, or going to a yoga retreat. Hell, I live in Colorado and hike tall shit regularly, but even hiking is totally mental. In Northeastern Turkey my city-slicker friends were more adventurous about hiking than I was, because we didn’t have appropriate gear and that was so weird to me.

    Also…an increased sense of my own mortality has totally redefined my idea of adventure over time, so I’m totally with ya there.

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      increased sense of mortality, haha well said!

  12. Tim November 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    Adventure travel for me is mostly hiking, camping, and mountain biking. But also other outdoor sports – snowboarding, climbing/rappelling, snorkeling/diving, etc. It doesn’t have to include extreme sports or adrenalin stunts but I do think adventure travel means traveling with the intention of doing recreational activities. Stuff that falls outside of visiting tourist attractions, shopping, and eating at restaurants (although all that stuff can be fun too).

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Agree with all of that!

  13. Kate November 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I have climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, rappelled in New Zealand, rode an elephant in Thailand, and paraglided in Switzerland. But I think the scariest thing I’ve ever done travel-wise was board a flight to the Balkans. It was the first time I had been nervous before a trip! After reading extensively about the Balkan Crisis, I felt drawn to the people there – it was something I had to do. But I was so afraid I would be treated differently or unfairly just for being American. By the way, it was the BEST trip of my life, and I highly recommend this region to everyone. Talk about life-changing….I have been inspired to persevere, do what makes me happy, value and enjoy life to the fullest, and move abroad. :)

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Sometimes when you successfully overcome a fear like that, it makes for the best experience and story!

  14. Shaz November 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    I think a lot of backpackers go out for their first time wanting to come home with the craziest stories of how they risked their lives for the sake of adventure. I’ve met many people who are always after the “thrill” and while I do love a bit of adventure, for me it can be found just walking through a park, discovering something new.

    If you want to find lower risk adventure in New Zealand, I suggest going white-water rafting! I did it twice while I was there and it was really fun :)

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      yeah! I really want to try white water rafting! That’s one thing that bothers me though, I don’t really see extreme sports as risking your life, it’s just an image

  15. Helen November 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with you more. Adventure is one of the most subjective words there is. Each to our own individual adventures! Whatever they may be! :)

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      totally agree!

  16. Angela November 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    So glad you wrote this post. I completely agree that adventure travel is what you make “adventure” out to be. As long as you are pushing your personal boundaries and limits, you are on an adventure!

    • Liz November 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      It’s all about challenging yourself :)

  17. Casey @ A Cruising Couple November 27, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I LOVE this post. We’ve actually been thinking about writing a similar version for quite a while… you’ve inspired me to get on it and explain in more detail what adventure travel means to us! First of all, I totally feel you on the whole not being as adventurous thing anymore. I think with getting older (you know, the ripe old age of 24…) I’m getting more cautious and perhaps realistic. Things I did before without a second thought now scare the hell out of me. We just went zip lining in Costa Rica, and I was freaking out. But like you said, adventure travel can be so many things, and to us it doesn’t have to equate to bungee jumping or eating tarantulas. It’s all about growing as an individual, whatever that means to you!

    • Liz November 28, 2013 at 2:57 am #

      Took the words right out of my mouth. I think a lot has to do with getting older, it just doesnt cut it for me anymore

  18. kathy November 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Hi Liz,

    I celebrated my 60th birthday this year and I can’t tell you how unreal that seems to me. My life has been many things and I am grateful for that, including the ups, downs, thrills & boredom (fortunately rare). You are in the middle of composing your life, stay away from definitions and being put in a box – just be yourself. If today, you choose to sit in a cafe, enjoying coffee and wifi – then just do that. Taking a break and just absorbing where you are is vital. Adventure will come but only you can define it. What you are doing in your life is absolutely amazing – I admire you for it. I was much further along in life before I was fortunate enough for international travel; take it a little slower and cherish your time. One never knows what the next day brings – and I’m glad that you have that figured out. All the best to you, and have that second cup of coffee and say hello to New Zealand for me.

    • Liz November 28, 2013 at 2:58 am #

      I love this, thank you for commenting! That makes me really happy! I am trying so hard to not get caught up in running around and just enjoy New Zealand, so far I’m in love and never want to leave.

  19. Francis Cassidy November 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Good post. What I found most interesting was the part about adventure travel not being expensive. I wouldn’t have believed this a while ago, but recently I trekked for a month in the Himalayas to everest Base camp spending about $350. Most people spend $1000 or much more! It just goes to show that you really ca do what you want with your life on a budget!

    • Liz November 28, 2013 at 2:59 am #

      woah that’s incredible! We need to talk because I really want to do that next year :)

  20. Jasetyn November 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    After I had emergency surgery and was diagnosed with Crohns disease, I totally thought my adventurous life was over. I can’t just go to Thailand and eat street food, I can’t take risks that other people my age can. But why should that stop you? It’s all about taking the information that other people have, the desires and realities that you have and meshing them into something wonderful. Great post!

    • Liz November 28, 2013 at 2:59 am #

      That’s a really positive way to see it, adventure is what you make of it :)

  21. Jo @ Indiana Jo November 28, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    I think there comes a certain expectation when your blog has any hint of adventure about it. I recently told someone the name of my blog and they said “Oh, so that’s like cliff-edge mountain biking?” The truth is, I can’t ride a bike and cliff edges freak me out. I’ve jumped out of a plane and do a lot of things other people consider adventurous (backpacking India freaked me out too), but they are not every day events. Not at all. The dictionary definition of adventure is “an unusual or exciting or daring experience”. What is unusual, exciting or daring will depend not just on the person but on the day and the mood. Sometimes, stepping outside and walking away from my wi-fi is unusual and I can get stupidly excited over the idea of pie and mash in a British pub. Every day is an adventure if we can step outside the stereotypes and just enjoy it. Great and thought provoking post!

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 6:00 am #

      Love this :)

  22. Sarah Palin November 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Wow, inspiring blog today my friend!

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 6:00 am #

      Really??

  23. Matthew Cheyne November 29, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    This is the best article I’ve read on your entire blog. It’s brilliant, insightful, authentic and to the heart of the matter. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us :)

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 6:00 am #

      Thanks Matthew!

  24. Leanne November 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Most adventurous thing, by far, was white water rafting. I live in Alberta, Canada, and went with my boyfriend and his family near Field, BC.
    I was terrified… Almost backed out after hearing the shpeel of all that could go wrong. They were class 4 rapids… Class 5 is the highest!
    But I got in the raft, and am soooo glad I did. Our guide/instructor man was amazing. Rafting is his career…. He gets offers all the time to go on adventure rafts or speak on safety, etc. all over the world. He had just come back from Austria when I went rafting! He made me feel so safe, and that is a huge resin why I regard this experience as a good one.
    We went down waterfalls, I almost fell out a couple times, we went under a new HUGE bridge that was probably a million storeys above us, and the whole time I pretended I was Pocahontas goin ‘just around the riverbed’ to aid in my attempt to stay sane even more intensely.
    However, I’ve known situations where white water rafting has been lethal, and therefore consider myself blessed to be here to tell the story. I can’t believe I did it, and now that I know I have that mental capacity I can’t wait to try more adventurous things!
    Highly recommend white water rafting:)

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 5:59 am #

      Woah that’s crazy! I am hoping to that while I’m in NZ, I know they have lots of good spots for rafting! I’m glad you went with it and had a good time!

  25. Stacey November 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Most adventurous thing I have done to date…Book my first solo trip ever! And choosing somewhere that wasn’t a “safe” place in my families eyes. :)

    Also thanks a million Liz you inspired me to just go for what I want and not let my lack of a travel partner stop me from following my travelling dreams!

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 5:59 am #

      Thank you so much Stacey! I am glad to have made a difference, and I promise you are going to have the best trip of your life!

  26. amelie88 December 1, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    I also can’t really relate to bloggers who keep talking about being extremely adventurous and getting that adrenaline rush. It makes for a fun story but I get too exhausted when blogs repeatedly focus on that kind of adventure. I sort of think of them as adrenaline junkies whose obsession is to outbest each other with their tales of who is the most adventurous.

    I commute into NYC every day, one of the most exciting cities on this planet. :) That in itself is an adventure every day!

    • Liz December 1, 2013 at 5:57 am #

      I definitely agree, I can’t relate to that either. Adventure is what you make of it, and boy, is NYC an adventure!!

  27. Tianna December 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    I travel regularly and tend to avoid things like propelling off mountains, zip lining and even riding camels. I am more into the history of areas and honestly don’t feel like i am missing out if I avoid something more”adventurous” to me the adventure simply lies in travel. Going anywhere can be exciting, setting foot in another country is a rush to me!

  28. Tiziana December 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Now that’s a fine skydive instructor… hahaha

    Love this post! I haven’t done anything “extreme” in trips yet, but every single trip feels like an adventure!

    • Liz December 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

      agreed! I know that feeling!

  29. Turf to Surf December 22, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    I love this. I’ve been thinking a lot about adventure, fear and courage… since I’m often taking on things I’m terrified of doing. And then I read this quote from Nelson Mandela — “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

    And that’s changed how I think of “brave.” Being afraid is not the same as being a coward… it’s what you do with that fear. Let it take over, or look it in the eye and use it, conquer it.

    Keep up the adventures! I love following them.
    -Tasha

  30. bex January 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Hiya, I am keen on teaching english in spain,… is spain a safe place to move to? Ithink the scariest bit would be living alone lol

    • Liz January 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      totally safe, don’t worry, and you’ll probably have roommies so you wont be alone

  31. Jessie February 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi Liz! Jessie here all the way in Manila, Philippines. I just found out about your website and I’m sooooo happy I did. I love that your first big adventure was moving to Spain because I would’ve picked the same country should I be given the same opportunity. Spain is my favorite country in the world. If I could leave everything here and start a new life there, I would. I’ve also been to Europe several times on vacation with my family, but your life is exactly how I want my life to be. I want to start LIVING my life, you know what I mean? I just don’t know how to start. And I don’t think I actually have the guts to live life the way you do. I admire people like you. I wish I had your will and courage to quit my dead-end job, leave the country, and just do what I love doing: explore, wander, discover! Siiiigh.

    Anyway, I apologize for the drama. It’s just that stories like yours make me yearn for an adventure of my own so, so bad.

    More travels and adventures to you, Liz!

    Regards,

    Jessie

  32. HyperActiveX April 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    You’re right, “adventure travel” means different things to different people. Most people ( and by most people, I mean “travel bloggers” ) do assume that “adventure travel ” is jumping out of a plane, climbing Everest, or diving with sharks…

    Though there are different types/aspects of adventure travel : discovery, active, action, extreme, sports… the main idea/part (in my opinion) of adventure travel is still an activity first, and then the “usual” – food, culture, sights, people…

    It just looks like today’s “adventure travel bloggers” try to appeal to a large market and cover all the topics ( and I understand that, we all want to eat :)) which kind of makes adventure travel …well, less adventurous ( and more travel :))

    Hope your falling off a camel misadventure won’t make you less adventures, and looking forward to reading about your new adventures :)

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