Do you love adventure travel as I do? What type of Adventure Travel do you like? By the way, what is Adventure Travel, And what are the types of Adventure travel are you aware of?
Adventure travel is a tourism activity involving remote locations or exotic theme locations. Participants to these activities content physically challenging outdoor activities. These activities may demand adequate skills and physical efforts.
As you can see in the picture, similar activities are part of Adventure travel activities. That is one aspect of Adventure Travel. This article helps you understand the notion of Adventure travel and the different options you can consider when planning for it.
The adventure travel Trade Association (2013), affirms that Adventure Travel is a type of tourism including all activities involving physical activities, cultural experiences, and nature discovery.
There are various sub-categories within the Adventure travel category. We will examine some in this first post, and we will continue updating with more information. This time, let’s talk about:
- Accessible Tourism
- Culinary and Cultural Tourism
- Disaster tourism
- Eco and Ethno Tourism
- Extreme and Jungle tourism
- Religious tourism
According to Darcy and Dickson (2009), Accessible Tourism allows people with any type of challenges enjoying tourism products like any other individuals, by ensuring the capacity to function independently with equity and dignity. Their definition
encompasses all people including the people traveling with children in strollers, people with physical challenges, and older persons.
In 2008 more than 600 million people around the world were accounted with disabilities. The 2011 World Report on disability by the World Health Organization and the World Bank attests that more than a billion people in the world experience some disability. In that number almost 200 million experienced serious struggle in functioning.
If you love traveling, and you experience some sort of physical or practical challenges, consider Accessible Tourism. There are various agencies around the world ready to help you achieve your dream
Culinary and Cultural Tourism
Culinary Tourism involves the exploration or the discovery of food. If you love food, or love discovering other ways of preparing food, this form of travel purpose s for you. Leaving your house to go to a restaurant is a considerable aspect of Culinary tourism.
According to USA Today (2018), food and wine lovers who also love discovering new destinations can enjoy culinary tourism travel packages, culinary tours, food and wine events, and foodie competitions. These events allow travelers to visit new destinations featuring local and regional cuisine.
It can be a new travel venue to discover and learn new cooking techniques or attend a food and wine tasting for a change from the common travel itinerary.
Culinary Tourism is closely related to Cultural tourism. Cultural tourism is more about the discovery of a country or a region’s culture. Cultural tourism involves discovering especially the lifestyle of the people, their history, architecture, art, religion, food, and any other aspect of their life.
This type of travel is not for solitary people who like being by themselves. I involve connecting with the people, sharing with them, having experiences with them. This type of tourism can be very enjoyable
A disaster is an abrupt accident or a natural catastrophe causing considerable damage or loss of life. Type of disasters includes war sites, volcanic eruption sites, hurricane-damaged sited, flooded zones and much more.
This sub-category of travel involves discovering locations where disasters occurred. These disasters can be man-made or natural. The most known disaster tourism occurs in the area around volcanic eruptions.
This type of tourism is generally controversial. There are pro and cons that we will examine in our next article.
Ecotourism and Ethno Tourism
Ecotourism develops into Ethnotourism because it is meant to improve the welfare of the people. That aspect of the improvement of the welfare of the people is called Ethno tourism.
Ecotourism is a sub-category covering the visit of nearly peaceful areas opposed to common commercial mass tourism areas. This form of tourism, also called responsible travel has developed exponentially to outshine the traditional by a remarkable margin. Experts currently affirm that ecotourism share in the tourism industry is 11.4% of tourist spending.
Ecotourism is a concept and a culture altogether. Ecotourism is a statement. And a philosophy. That philosophy advocate for more environmentally friendly practices aiming to protect the natural and cultural environment of a destination. That philosophy also advocates for the support of the communities living in those destinations.
According to Epler Wood’s, Director of the Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative of Harvard Extension School Ecotourism is “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”
I had the opportunity to visit one location in Africa, a natural beautiful beach, where tourists were depositing waste all over the place with complete disrespect of population living there.
In 2017, the conversation took a more serious turn when the United Nations 70th General Assembly nominate 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
This form of travel is close to Ecotourism. It focuses on discovering and learning about local people and their culture and traditions. Discovering and learning about native people and livelihoods is the main purpose of that form of travel. The aim of that specific travel is to improve the life of local people. Ethno tourism is also called Community-Based Tourism.
Extreme and Jungle Tourism
Jungle tourism can be an aspect of extreme tourism even though it may stand alone without and obvious danger. However, when considering extreme tourism, the jungle and equatorial forest can offer material for extreme tourism.
In this concept, you find the term Extreme and Jungle attached to tourism. Extreme tourism or shock tourism
involves traveling to dangerous places including jungles, deserts, mountains, canyons and much more. Extreme tourism overlap with the extreme sport because they share the same attraction. Both involve high risk but differ in the level of professionalism and performance or engagement.
On the other side, jungle Tourism involves more culture, region, and activities. Jungle tourism is a component of green tourism in tropical destinations. Such as Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Religious tourism is part of what is called special interest tourism. In Religious tourism, people travel for motives related to their faith. In other words, in religious tourism, the main travel motivation is to experience religious activities, visit related sites or connect with the products including traditions, culture or art.
Some people travel just to go learn about specific religions and culture. This form of tourism is very close to cultural tourism because most cultural tourists visit religious destinations as an integral section of their itinerary.
Travel adventure is extensive. Therefore, it may be recommended to do serious homework. That exercise will help you determine the purpose of your travel, choose the appropriate destination, make proper planning, make a list, and chose the right packing process.
When you make a decision, share your experience with. We will make sure to publish it if you allow us to do so. Your experience may be very helpful to another traveler. Enjoy your experience.
Darcy, S., Dickson, T. (2009). A whole-of-life approach to tourism: The case for accessible tourism experiences. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 16(1), 32-44.
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) (2013). ATTA values statement. Retrieved from https://cdn.adventuretravel.biz/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Value-Statement-Consumer-English.pdf
UNWTO (2017). http://www.tourism4development2017.org/
USA Today (2018). What is tourism? Retrieved from https://traveltips.usatoday.com/culinary-tourism-1910.html
World Health Organization (WHO) (2011). World report on disability. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report.pdf