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I am always taken aback when I am referred to as ‘adventurous traveller’. The truth is, I don’t really think I am that adventurous.
I know so many travellers who are much more adventurous than me so I obviously compare myself to them. I do love getting off the beaten path, independent travel, long distance walking and random out of the way places.
I guess so. Adventurous travel does not have to consist of throwing yourself out of a plane, or climbing Everest…but it really doesn’t take that much tweaking to make your travels a little ‘less ordinary’.
Here are some suggestions that should help you to create a more adventurous travel experience on your next trip, regardless of where you are going.
Don’t be afraid to try new things! I used to turn my nose up at things like Escargot (fancy name for snails). It turns out they are pretty tasty and not at all as slimy as you would expect.
These days I am pretty happy to try anything, provided it is cooked. I still don’t really cope with raw meats and seafood. Although Ceviche (fish or other seafood cured/cooked in citrus juices) is one of my favourite South American dishes.
Crocodile – yum. Reindeer sausage – delish and a little like chorizo. Puffin – surprisingly good!
And if you are in Australia you absolutely must try Kangaroo. It reminds me a little of the moose meat I tried in Alaska.
Ethics often comes into this of course. I struggled with the idea of eating whale meat when I was in Iceland in May and in the end I decided against it.
I am the first to admit that Lonely Planet is amazing. Where would we be without them?
But just keep in mind that those few pages of details about your destination within the guidebook is only a tiny piece of what that place has to offer…
Use it as exactly what it is meant to be – a guide.
Explore places at random – wander without a map – talk to other travellers and follow their suggestions – walk into an obscure looking restaurant and choose something you wouldn’t usually eat.
Think about all the things you wish you had the courage to do…and try one of them. Do over-think it. Just decide to do it and, well…do it!
..but ice climbing has been one of the most fulfilling outdoors adventures I have had so far.
Push your fears and anxieties aside and just…go for it.
And no, you are not too old / too unfit / too uncool… or whatever other excuse you are thinking of right now.
I probably fall into all those categories, but I choose to not care 😉
PS: If the idea ice climbing gives you brain-freeze just thinking about it, you could start your adventurous travel crusade on a smaller scale and go hike up a mountain or something…
I’m just saying…
Whether you are a ‘photographer’ or not really makes no difference.
If you own a camera and you take it travelling with you (how could you even consider NOT taking it!!) you can come home with beautiful travel photos, if you just think outside the square a little.
Instead of returning with the same stock standard images as everyone else, try something different.
Other travellers are usually pretty friendly folk. Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know (of the non-creepy variety, preferably)
This particularly goes for anyone with a travel companion. When you have someone else with you, you are generally less likely to just start chatting to someone. You already have someone to talk to, right?
Think of all the people that you missing out on meeting! One of those people could change your life…