- We’re too old.
- We don’t want to rough it.
- We’re not fit enough.
It’s true that there are some trips designed for the hard core adventurer, often camping, carrying a pack and involving long physically demanding days. However, these days there are many more trips and tours that I would categorize as Soft Adventure, meaning that the trip has adventurous aspects, but is access able to anyone with an average fitness level, and you’ll be staying in comfortable accommodation.
Really, Adventure travel has more to do with state of mind than it does a specific type of trip. Here are some aspects that these trips usually have in common;
- Smaller groups
- Don’t stay in international chain hotels or cruise ships
- Use local guides
- Frequent smaller locally owned hotels and restaurants.
- Introduce you to the local food, customs & people.
- Use local transportation. (buses, trains, ferries etc)
- May be less structured & offer more free time.
- Often include a physical activity like hiking, biking or kayaking, but at an easy level.
- Often an option for an arranged share for singles.
- Wildlife cruise in the Galapagos
- Train tour of China
- Local Living on the Amalfi Coast
- National Geographic Morocco Journey
If you want to stay in luxury accommodation & be totally pampered, these trips are probably not for you. But, if you are open to new experiences, don’t need to be totally structured, and can handle your own luggage, why not give one a try? If you’re hesitant, start off with a day trip or shore excursion. I think you’ll be glad you did!