Adventure tourism seems to have been a steadily growing trend over the last four/five years. It seems that we Brits have got a little bored of lazing by the pool with our book sunning ourselves whilst sipping margaritas! Instead we’ve taken a keen interest in exploring and embarking upon adventures. It’s not that we don’t want that little bit of time to recharge our batteries but it’s getting to a point where we want to know more about our world, develop ourselves, get a little more out of life and really embrace the culture of the places that we visit. This seems to be the reasons why we now prefer to mix our holidays up a little, combing a little, sea, sun, city and activity into our breaks.
You no longer have to be a sport fanatic to find an activity holiday that suits you. People from every demographic are being drawn into more adventurous holidays of all kinds. They are a fantastic way to spend more time on hobbies that already interest you but they are also a brilliant way to learn new skills that you might want to do more of in your leisure time at home. There are some great examples of activity led holidays based around hobbies that don’t involve exerting all your energy on exercise! Film buffs might take a road trip to take in epic film sets or even go on a filmmaking retreat. Those with a love of music could venture to festivals such as the Belgian Jazz festival or even Croatia’s Hideout festival. We live in a day and age where we can easily avoid package holidays and book personalised holidays cheaply and easily from home. So there really is something out there for everyone when it comes to a perfect activity break.
Even Stag and Hen groups are getting in on the action now a days, you’re no longer confined to a boozy weekend away that takes you a week’s holiday to recover from! These parties really are spoilt for choice with an abundance of companies that offer breaks for the adrenaline junkies, the gamblers, the wannabe entertainers and even the pranksters getting a look in with packages for ‘The Stag Set Up’ where you can play some odd role play to prank you main man!
Students often take advantage of their longer holidays or even take a gap year now in order to embark on journeys of self-discovery, charity work and all sorts of other challenges. There are an abundance of well organised trips from companies like Camps International who will help out with all the fine details if going it alone is a bit daunting the first time round. Older students can take part in journeys where they can partake in ‘Independent Volunteering’ across South America, Africa and Asia offering something back to the communities there whilst making memories and getting experiences that they’ll hold on to for life. Younger students can even partake in Camps Internationals School expeditions if they are keen on getting started young. These kinds of trips provide invaluable skills and life experience that will not only look great on CV’s in their professional futures but will stick with them for life.
Solo Travelers find activity tours that allow them to embark on journeys with others who have similar hobbies and ambitions, paving the way for either adventures alone or joining in with a group for part or all of the journey. It’s a great way to get added peace of mind as you travel and you can save costs on rooms as some small group trips bunk their travelers in rooms together, so supplement charges can be avoided. It’s a great way to see beautiful countries such as Morocco, Sri Lanka, India and Peru, soaking up new cultures and experiences each and every day of a trip.