What is Adventure Travel?

I know it sounds cool, but what exactly is this quirky mermaid going on about?!

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Adventure Travel Definition

Adventure Travel is…

ad·ven·ture trav·el [ədˈven(t)SHər trav(ə)l] (noun):

“…the kind of travel that makes you feel alive, makes you feel human, and/or pushes you out of your comfort zone. It is a unique sensation between feeling at peace with the world around you yet simultaneously feeling like your heart is going to burst out of your chest” (The Bucket List Mermaid)

“…a type of tourism involving travel to remote or exotic locations in order to take part in physically challenging outdoor activities” (Google)

“…a sustainable form of tourism that supports conservation of nature and historical resources while investing in local, community-driven economic development” (Adventure Travel Trade Association)

“…a type of tourism, involving exploration or travel with a certain degree of risk (real or perceived), and which may require special skills and physical exertion” (Wikipedia)

“…characterized by its ability to provide the tourist with relatively high levels of sensory stimulation, usually achieved by including physically challenging experiential components with the tourist experience” (Muller and Cleaver)

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But Why?!

What Makes Adventure Travel Unique?

After countless hours of research and even MORE countless hours diving into adventure travel, I would say that there are certain attributes that distinguish adventure travel from general or leisure travel.

adventure travel, What is Adventure Travel?
adventure travel, What is Adventure Travel?
adventure travel, What is Adventure Travel?

Benefits of Adventure Travel

Need more convincing to embrace your inner adventurers?

Increase Physical Health

It is no secret that many adventure travel activities involve some form of physical activity. Training and the eventual accomplishment of these adventures provide amazing opportunities for your physical health. I trained for months to climb the Andes in Peru and was proud of myself after I hiked 7 days, 51 miles, and over 17,000 feet!

Opportunities for Education

With adventure travel, there are more opportunities to learn about your location. Whether it be about nature, wildlife, or culture, you are guaranteed to broaden your horizons!

Boost Mental Health and Self Confidence

It may be the physical activity, the accomplishments, your heart physically racing, or simply getting out in nature. Adventure travel boosts mood, reduces stress, and increases your confidence and independence. I was a completely different person after I backpacked by myself around the world.

Meaningful Travel

I am not saying that sipping a piña colada on a beach isn’t meaningful. But adventure travel involves once-in-a-lifetime activities that you will remember forever and provide gratitude for being alive on this beautiful planet.

Cultural Awareness

Adventure travel puts a heavy focus on cultural activities, education, and respect. I have met the most genuine people while traveling and they all have the most amazing stories to tell. One of the most incredible ways that you can grow as a person and as a traveler is getting to know the inspiring cultures around the globe.

Epic Travel Stories

I don’t want to be dramatic, but none of my hilarious travel stories have come from playing it safe while traveling. These are the stories that you will still be laughing or reminiscing about in years to come.

“Adventure is the bridge between dreams and reality. When we walk across that bridge, we can explore the unknown and uncover hidden wonders. With every step, we move closer to our ambitions, passions, and goals. Adventure gives us the courage to take risks and make bold decisions – decisions that help shape our destiny.”
adventure travel, What is Adventure Travel?

So Why The Bucket List Mermaid?

Since these travels often involve personal goals, growth, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, what better way to help you realize your full travel potential then with an adventure bucket list?

This is why I created this adventure travel blog. It is my goal to have you check off as many as adventures on your bucket list as possible. I even left medical school to do it!

And life is too short! I live to be FUN, genuine to myself, and put a smile on your face. Therefore, I do all of my adventures as a mermaid! 🧜🏻‍♀️

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