Seven Ways to Enrich Adventure Travel Experiences

What are the best ways to enrich Adventure Travel for you and your companions? Experienced travelers pick up tricks along the way, and I encourage you to add your own to the list. Below are seven ways that visitors to Cape Breton Island have increased their enjoyment of the journey, their stay on the Island and even the magic in their daily lives upon returning home. Notice the common ingredient is connection.

1. A Vision For Your Trip gives your adventure travel a context of what you would appreciate looking back on as a reference point of you being energized, connected with yourself and your environment, a juicy moment that can re-energize everyday life. For Aladdin, it’s a ride on a magic carpet, while for me it is taking a hike with my wife to find a waterfall.

2. A Great Destination: What place engages your sense of curiosity, your sense of where you and your companion(s) would like to explore and even settle in for a time? Many cultures call this developing a “sense of place”.

3 Knowledgeable Local Guides: By guides I mean people who know an adventure destination and are generous and passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience. They may actually escort you on a trip or simply educate you on places off the beaten track, things to do, where to eat or sleep, and where to visit in order to discover special spots mentioned above–to develop your own “sense of place”. These guides can offer a local connection embodying their passion and enthusiasm–they show an adventurous spirit which is joyful, even contagious. Guides offer a connection to local people, places and adventures. They offer you safety and useful information and recommendations.

4. Unique Gatherings The native Mi’kmaq on Cape Breton Island call gatherings “Mao I Omi” and the French call them “place de rencontre” and the Celts “Ceilidhs” (often involving music and dance). What you will find is that meeting other people and sharing your experiences, adventures and stories is a way to feel part of things, to live your adventures and enjoy others’ “magical experiences”, gifts and talents. Local gatherings, events and ceremonies are designed to create connection between people, a sense of “magic”, and the gift of good memories.

5. “An Adventure a Day (mild to wild)” By adventure, I mean something that has a degree of freshness and challenge to you even if you are accomplished at it. It does not have to be hiking up a wilderness trail or rock climbing, it can be as seemingly mild as learning a new recipe from an expert chef or discovering a blueberry patch ripe for the picking with most of the blueberries consumed on the spot and the rest put into a tasty blueberry pie! Easy as it is to overload your travel, with a list of things to do, consider focusing on “an adventure a day”, whether mild, wild or somewhere in between.

6. A Higher Purpose (Through Service and Learning) Besides recreation why travel? And is the adventure travel most significant only for you and your companion(s)? Having a Higher Purpose often adds to the experience and gets you past temporary discomfort and obstacles. One current purpose is what I call the “Green Theme” for adventure travel. Many of us experience what some call a nature deficit disorder (c/o author John Louv) and notice it in our children and others’ children. What happens when you connect with nature–trees, open space, birds and other animals–is a sense of connection not only with nature but with yourself. It gives you a different perspective and often a burst of energy, whether in a city, the country or a wilderness and unspoiled setting. Related to this “connection” with nature is an increasing desire and awareness of the fragile balance between ourselves and nature. Many volunteers and adventure travelers are seeking to stay in places that waste less and encourage use of renewable energy, as well tend to respect and preserve natural areas or at least to do no harm. For campers the expression is to “leave not a trace”. The goal increasingly becomes to be “of service” and to have a higher purpose in adventure travel: one of enjoying and preserving the green around you. The higher purpose for the trip can extend to any number of special areas of adventure and possible learning:, the arts, outdoor recreation, re-building after a hurricane,, team-building, ie is any activity for which you have a passion and can become part of your adventure travel. The goal is to create a result in you or in your environment that is useful and has significance.

7. Well-being, health and safety Find a place and be with people fostering a sense “well-being” or wellness.. After all, our normal routine is often full of work, obligations and, frankly, stress. Have you made space for “healing arts” or what some call “wellness” in your travel plan? Make sure you have enough time and knowledge to not only travel safely, but to catch your breath and to regenerate. Testing Your Brand of Magic in Adventure Travel You are the adventurer, judge and jury. The feeling and experience of the “Magic” is yours and it may be a different experience for your companion(s), but a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you have some stories and memories and even pictures or video that capture some of the juice, energy and enthusiasm of the magic you created during your travel. Spread this spirit of magic upon your return home and the magic will continue.

Taking Adventure Travel to New Heights!

It is said that it’s difficult to find anyone who is not interested in traveling! Many people also find great pleasure in “Adventure Travel.” Adventure travel is a trip that provides an unusual and exciting experience to the vacationer seeking that never to be forgotten vacation adventure. There are a great many kinds of experiences that fall under this category of travel and we have taken our role in the fascinating world of adventure travels very seriously.

A Little History on Adventure Travel Rentals. A Travel Aggregator is a company that makes a mission out of introducing the American vacationer to all this world has to offer for a fun-filled vacation of heart stopping adventure travel. By building a reputation on not only offering the traveler rentals like RV’s, Snowmobiles and Jet Skies, but showing the adventure traveler the many options on where to go and how to turn their adventure vacation into a memorable one. As a long-time adventure traveler, I once envisioned the opportunity to help people throughout the US plan and execute that vacation by matching up the adventure traveler with a person who has all of the adventure “toys” to complete the vacation. Thousands of people have vacation “toys” just sitting around their house, gathering dust but we have solved that problem by showing Americans how to rent out their idle toys from the comforts of their home and even more importantly making money on an adventure toy that would otherwise sit unused. A traveler planning a trip to Yosemite during the winter may look to rent a rustic mountain cabin as well as a snowmobile to explore the vast trails and natural scenery. We can facilitate this entire process.

It’s a wild wonderful world! Follow your heart and let the adventure begin. Repelling down the mountains of Arches National Park in Utah for some extreme camping, thrill seekers hiking the Bruce Trail in Bruce Peninsula National Park, or white water rafting in the Grand Canyon are all adventure vacations that are heart stopping yet they are also the type of vacations that make you feel young again! Because, after all, aren’t we all trying to stop the march of time? At least that’s what it feels like to be an adventure traveler, time has stood still while you gaze at and experience the very best America has to offer.

America’s 58 national parks are the jewels of the country. Escaping to a safe and peaceful wilderness setting has wide appeal for families seeking a stress-free vacation with a little or allot of adventure. Reserve a spot at one of the thousands of campgrounds in America, and you’ll not only have a memorable time sleeping under the stars but you may come back a few years younger.

Try going off the beaten path to see the untamed vistas of Mount Moran in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons, the fourth highest peak in the Tetons or the deep forests and majestic trees of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan. Surely, a sight never-to-be-forgotten.

RV Travel is not what it used to be. In 2010, the RV turned 100 years old. Three prominent RV historians, renowned RV collector David Woodworth, RV/Motor Home Hall of Fame and Museum archivist Al Hesselbart, and Smithsonian Institution curator Roger White have cited 1910 as the start of the RV industry. Today some 82 million households now own RV’s according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. In 1936, Airstream came out with the Clipper, and America’s adoration of this particular RV brand took shape. In 1952, RV manufacturers started to realize the marketing benefits of a whole home on wheels. RVs and trailers started to get bigger, and bigger… and bigger. RV travel has become the way families come together in an economical and flexible way to see this beautiful country for their family vacations. Whether they travel in a small trailer RV or a luxury RV Motorhome there is no denying it’s one of the best ways to travel and see the countryside.

RV camping opportunities abound with more than 16,000 RV parks, campgrounds and resorts on America’s public and private lands. Some of the most beautiful places in North America can be reached by RV’s and the destinations are well worth the drive! How about, Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, in Bar Harbor, Maine. This RV Camping Resort is known as the only national park in New England. The Leisure Resort on the San Marcos River in Texas offers full hook-up RV sites, a fenced pet park for Fido as well as pet-friendly trails, and a scenic riverfront. The Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina is in Big Pine Key, Florida just some 38 miles from Key West. In the mood for a spa or golf vacation? Try The Great Outdoors RV Nature & Golf Resort Titusville, FL. This park is for the big guys, only 18′ ft and longer are allowed. No pop-ups or tents allowed! Sam’s Family Spa Hot Water Resort was built in 1971 on over 50 acres of selected desert property with underground hot mineral water springs. It is an RV park with all amenities to reserve in America.

RV’s have pumped in a new enthusiasm for this kind of camping. Luxury RV’s like the Bounder Diesel have it all: a spacious floor plan with triple slide-outs, an impressive galley, comfy furnishings, four beds, and lots of storage. Its finishing touches include detailed molding and contemporary light fixtures making the RV feel like a home. Or is “Green” Rving more your thing? Try the first eco-friendly RV, the Ever-Lite by EverGreen, built with all composite, wood-free outside wall construction and all the design characteristics of an eco-friendly home.

Today, people purchase or rent RVs with thoughts and dreams of going on adventures, exploring the country, and building lasting memories with family and friends. Camping in an RV at one of the many nation’s parks, forests and campgrounds is perfect for experiencing nature up close with all the conveniences of home.

Not sure everyone wants to go through the expense of buying an RV? Then why not rent one and find out what some 82 million households have already found out. RV Travel is Adventure Travel at its Finest!

Ronald Silbermann has a combined, extensive work experience in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. He has made a mission out of introducing the American Adventure Traveler to all this country has to offer for a fun-filled vacation of heart-stopping adventure experiences. Rentzio is part of a vision to build a reputation on not only offering the traveler Recreational Vehicle rentals, but showing them the many options on where to go and how to turn their adventure vacation into a memorable one. Rentzio is the premier aggregator for rental agencies and individual owners to rent out RV’s, motorhomes, trailers, motorcycles, ATVs, bikes, watercraft and vacation homes. Rentzio accomplishes this by using the latest in social media and technology to amass the best offers for a fun-filled trip. The company strives to transform the way the industry does business by providing a one-stop-shop platform that brings together the vacationer, these agencies and individual owners. Helping travelers plan, that never-to-be-forgotten vacation is the company’s vision. Rentzio is also proud of its commitment to creating a sustainable environment to do business in and fostering the same behavior in customers and rental partners.

Adventure Travel On The Road Less Travelled

When those of you think of adventure travel frequently it rouses pictures of mountain climbing, water activities, skydiving and many other activities both for leisure and as extreme sports.

While these certainly are associated with adventure travel, it may even include something as quiet as a horse and carriage ride through the cobbled streets of Bruges.

Your objective is to get out of your comfort zone and to start searching for encounters which are new. For adventure travel or experiences it is possible that there is even something close by to your home, or it could mean an overseas or inter-state trip.

More and more these new and fulfilling experiences are becoming popular with the majority of us needing the break from work for a holiday or just by bringing some excitement to your weekends.

Once upon a time tropical island resorts were the only way to go when travel was concerned but in these modern times many of the world’s travellers are seeking out something new. In this way we have seen a rise in adventure travel which includes popular places such as the Inca Trail, camping in the African Wilderness or climbing the summit of one of the world’s many mountain ranges.

That said even on tropical islands many will book tours to incorporate with their sun-going, relaxing trip such as island cultural tours, scenic flights, snorkelling or scuba diving trips and the like.

Adventure travel is not for everybody. It is for that type of person who needs those new experiences and someone who wants to encounter the unknown by exploring somewhere on the road less travelled.

There are of course elements of danger while on an adventure trip. Climbing Everest for example imposes a much bigger number of risky than say planting yourself under an umbrella at the beach. Use your best judgement when taking up an activity using reputable companies.

Adventure travel also does not necessarily have to be organised tour or a familiar scenario and each and every individual will have their own style, thoughts and emotions attached to each adventure trip.

One of my prime examples of adventure that I have experienced includes shark diving with Great Whites in South Africa, a school of up to 30 Galapagos Sharks in Hawaii and even swimming cage-less with grey Nurse Sharks in my home town of Sydney Australia. I’ve always been fascinated with sharks throughout my life so to experience them up close was an adventure on the road less travelled that I had to take.

On another trip I took to a small, quiet village of the Scottish Highlands known as Braemar which was the place of my ancestors which included a castle once belonging to them.

These are just some examples of adventure travel but there are so many more; sport fishing trips, caving or spelunking trips, scuba diving holidays, whale watching experiences, mountain treks, safari, wildlife tours and so many more.

The destination truly is up to you as an individual and the ideas out there are limitless. So forget about those holidays where you do nothing all week, seek out and find your most favoured adventure.

I challenge you to take up some kind of Adventure Travel [http://www.nothingbutadventure.com/tours.html]. See the Big 5 Safari Animals at Kruger, climb Mt Everest, witness an active volcano, trek the Inca Trail and so much more.

Top Tips on Planning Solo Overseas Adventure Travel

Are you currently looking into solo overseas adventure travel? Is backpacking part of your plans? Without a doubt, backpacking is one of the best ways to really see the world since it would involve real adventure travel. However, if it is your first time looking into solo travel overseas, then there are several top tips that you will need to know first.

Here is a concise list of the top tips that you will need to consider when traveling to another country. Although these tips are important for any kind of travel, it would be especially important for solo travel:

Learn about the country’s customs.

If you are looking into overseas adventure travel right now, then it would be absolutely vital for you to learn about the laws and customs of the country that you want to visit before you leave. Even if you do not have plans of going to a certain city in that country, read about it anyway just in case. Also, check whether your destination of choice requires any special paperwork or visas aside from your passport.

Make sure your passport is current, as well, and bring several copies of it with you. Ideally, you should hide your copies in different parts of your bag and make sure you have one on you at all times, too. Leave a copy with a relative back home, as well, in case you lose yours.

Buy an updated local map right away.

The minute you get to your destination of choice for adventure travel, make sure you get your hands on an updated local map as soon as possible. If you can let a friend or relative back home know where you are at all times, let them know. If you already have a planned out itinerary, leave a copy of it back home, as well. This way, people will be able to know whether they should worry about you when something happens or not.

Leave the expensive things at home.

Even if you have a favorite expensive watch that you love to wear, it would be best to leave it behind during solo travel. Instead, bring a more convenient – and cheaper – one with you to stay safe.

Always use your common sense.

Although the whole point is to enjoy “adventure travel”, this does not mean that you should forget to use your common sense. Always stay in areas where there are a lot of people or are well-known. Customs, cultures and wild animals tend to differ from one area to the next, as well, so stay on well-lit roads whenever possible.

Look for good travel companions.

Holidays with single people that you do not actually know personally yet can be a lot of fun, as well. So, if you have booked a trip for solo travel, but would still like to have a companion by your side during some bits of the trip, why not visit a travel dating website and look for people who will be in the same area as you during your overseas adventure travel? Try it!

How to Prepare for Adventure Travel

Adventure travel is a type of tourism that involves exploring or traveling to remote and exotic regions of the world. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. Adventure travel includes activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, rafting, zip-lining, paragliding, and rock climbing. One should be well prepared before heading off to go zip lining in Costa Rica or hiking through Nepal. Here are a few ways to get ready for your adventure:

While your packing list for your adventure travel trip may be extensive, there a few things you should NOT bring. A common mistake is bringing new shoes or hiking boots. While this may seem like a good idea, bringing footwear that has not been properly worn in is an invitation for painful blisters and sore feet. Your best bet to either bring a sturdy pair of shoes you already have that appropriate for the terrain, or buy a pair a few months before you go and break them in at home. Jewelry, fancy watches, wedding rings and other valuables are best left at home. A good rule of thumb is to leave at home anything you would be devastated to lose. If you feel naked without your wedding band or favorite necklace, buy a fake to wear during your trip. That way you’ll have nothing to regret if it breaks or gets lost or stolen. Also, this is adventure travel. One of your goals is to survive on the basics. Leave your scented lotions and fancy shampoos at home. Pack travel sized bottles of whatever they provide in the travel section of Target. It may seem strange to leave behind all your comforts, but by day 6 you’ll be glad you’re not lugging around large bottles of hair conditioner.

During adventure travel, you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Depending on your travel plans, you’ll be standing, running, walking, or biking for hours. You need to prepare your feet for the adventure. Blisters can slow down even the most physically fit travelers. For your adventure you will need tough feet, excellent footwear, and non-cotton socks. Like I said above, you will want to buy new footwear well in advance of your trip. You may have to go to several stores and try on several pairs before you find the right shoes. You will also want non-cotton socks to wick away sweat. Wet feet soften and blister easily.

If you are heading to remote communities or trekking through the jungle, you may encounter microscopic organisms in your water that will leave you longing for home or a doctor. You will want to bring enough water purification supplies to get you through your trip. Pills and droplets are available at most hiking supply stores. Research all your options and decide what is best for you and your adventure travel plans.

There are various websites that offer advice and tips on preparing for your adventure travel vacation. There are even physical training routines and nutrition guidelines to help you achieve and maintain an ideal level of fitness and health. You can research packing lists and country facts to help get you ready for your destination. Proper preparation for your travel vacation will ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy your adventure!