The Curious Reasons Why Adventure Travel Is So Damn Good For You

4 January 2017

Mark Twain once famously said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do." People love quoting Mark Twain, don't they?

Perhaps he has a point, especially when it comes to adventuring. There's no time like the present to up sticks and get out into the world, exploring all that it has to offer, especially while you are young.

Here are some of the reasons why adventure travel is food for the soul.

It Proves That You Can

Adventure holidays are important for building self-worth. They prove that you "can" - they show you've got what it takes to travel the world and sample its culture. They're a great idea for people who dream big, but don't always deliver. If you find yourself sat at home thinking about what it might be like to go to a market stall in Morocco or scale an Andean mountain, then adventure travel is just the thing for you. Use it to prove to yourself and others what you can do.

You Learn A Bunch Of New Skills

Wealthy societies, like the US, Europe, and East Asia, have a habit of coddling their young. As a result, many of us have never been exposed to nature and how to survive once we get there. Sites like offer advice on the subject, but there's nothing that quite compares to actually going ahead and doing it. Adventure travel demands that you use all of your intelligence and all of your wherewithal to navigate new environments. It's a real test of character and helps you to develop survival skills you wouldn't ordinarily use.

You Get To Try New Food

Going to holiday hotspots can be okay for trying new food, but nothing really exposes you to the culture quite like adventure travel. Here, in the heart of a different civilization, is where you're most likely to find food that is utterly different from what you've had before - and truly authentic.

It Brings Your Dreams To Life

Dreaming is all well and good, but there comes a time when we need to take those dreams and make them a reality, for the sake of our very souls. Stop imagining that you're strolling along the Great Wall of China and actually go there and do it. Quit imagining you're sailing down the Amazon in a canoe and hop on the next flight to Brazil.

You Get A Sense Of Perspective

Going to a new place has profound effects on our psychology. When we visit a new place, our senses are heightened, and our brains go into overdrive according to This makes a lot of sense from an evolutionary perspective. It was important that we took in as much information when we were in new places, just in case we were in danger, or there was a new source of food.

We can tap into the primal response when going on adventure travel. Think about the last time you went somewhere new. Chances are you remember where you went, the layout of the streets and the people you met. Now compare that to what you did last Wednesday. Can you remember what happened in such exquisite detail? Probably not.

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