tourism on the rise: Adventure and humanitarianism can help change
(Eve Conant, 8 April, 2005, Newsweek International, USA)
For some altruistic travelers, vacations mean
more than just a day at the beach. The numbers of socially
responsible tourists—and the opportunities available to them—are
rising steeply. Whether its helping with AIDS education in
Tanzania, tsunami cleanup in Thailand, or wheelchair construction in
Laos, there is no shortage of opportunities for travelers with a
global conscience and a sense of adventure.
higher you go, the farther you see
(Todd Balf, November, 1995, Fast Company, 1, 160)
A writer takes on his toughest trip so far, the Tetons.
Venturing on Jackson Hole Mountain Guides' train-and-climb program for
beginning mountaineers, Balf discovers a curious
group, ranging from novice to experienced, including a few risk-happy business-types. The 3-day course included basic instruction on rock and ice that leads to a bid for Grand Teton's
peak. Summit day might last anywhere from 16 to 24 hours.
A winter wilderness experience
(Clarke Canfield, 9 December, 2004, IOL: Travel)
Throughout much of human history in cold climates, dogsledding and dogsled racing was
better-known than downhill skiing. Now dogsledding is reemerging as a form of adventure tourism in North America. Mushing
excursions range from $25 for a 20-minute jaunt to $6000 for a trip to northern Greenland. Mahoney, who once lived in the Yukon
Territory bush mushing dogs and wrangling horses, says her customers "love dogs and are looking for outdoor adventure". One of her
young clients adds, "It's a lot better than school".
Vacationers find it difficult to take psychological time off
(Benedict Carey, May 17, 2004, Los Angeles Times)
People are working harder than ever and are struggling to
relax while on holiday. Holidayers often report disenchantment
with their experiences, but are inclined to look back at past holidays
through rose-colored glasses. In all of this, people seem to be
searching for time to be themselves but are coming up empty-handed.
US travel industry forecasts improve
(The Outdoor Network, 10 May, 2004)
Adventure travel climbing back from slump
(Associated Press, 29 February, 2004)
Adventure travel comes in from the cold
(Folio, 1 February, 2004)
The ordinary traveler should regard
as an adventure and take chances.
- Carolyn Patterson
Adventure travel is to intentionally go beyond one's normal known area,
seeking out experiences which are unfamilar.
Adventure travel often refers to people who pay adventure activity companies to provide
specific kinds of adventure experiences e.g., bungee jumping, whitewater
rafting, canyoning, scuba diving, 4 wheel driving, and so on.
Adventure travel is a $220 billion dollar
industry in the USA (Naisbitt, 1999)
Why do it?
A growing industry /
Research has shown
that taking adventure
risks can bring significant personal experience rewards, as does time spending
Can provide intense
and different social experiences
Develop new skills
and knowledge e.g., can become a career direction
Who does do it?
Anybody who travels
and opts for a more rugged, unknown path than the trodden, known path in the
hope of adventure
Seasoned travelers seeking novelty
Groups seeking novel
experiences e.g., wedding parties, schools, etc.
How to do it?
Walk out the front
door, go and get lost, and come back when you find yourself again
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