Are you more a sunny beach, cocktail in hand kind of gal when it comes to vacations? I can’t blame you. We all live such busy lives that the urge to get away from it all and spend a couple of weeks relaxing somewhere hot is a hard one to resist. However, I also think that everyone should go on at least one amazing adventure in their lifetime. This could be a hiking tour of China, a trekking trip in Latin America or a Safari in Africa- is doesn’t matter – all that matters is you get out there and get out of your comfort zone.
Not convinced? Here are some great reasons to take an adventure vacation one day:
It Presents a Challenge
If we are to grow as people and find out what we’re really capable of, we need to challenge ourselves. Doing what we’ve always done and taking the path of least resistance will cause us to stagnate and we might never realise our full potential. By jumping feet first into something new and possibly challenging, we grow.
See Things Anew
When you take an adventure trip, even if you’ve been to the destination before, you see it from a unique perspective. When you take the time to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the view from the top is a lot different from the view you see below, and because you’ve made a real effort to get there, you’ll appreciate whatever you see a whole lot more.
Getting active and exploring new areas is a great way to reinvigorate yourself. If you’ve been feeling burned out or a little bit bored with the mundane of life, once you’re standing on a cliff with a huge drop wondering if there’s an air ambulance on standby to pick you up when you break everything, that will chance. The adrenaline will be coursing through your veins, and you’ll feel exhilarated, even through your fear. Once you successfully make it to the ground, you’ll feel happier than you ever have before to be alive.
You might have fond memories of lounging on that pristine beach in Bali or eating dinner opposite the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but if you go on an adventure vacation you will have much more spectacular memories because you will be having incredible experiences the likes of which you’ve never had before. You’ll be climbing mountains, jumping from the treetops, clinging like your life depends on it to cliffs and getting up close and personal with big cats. These are the experiences you’ll never forget.
Experience Different Cultures
When you go on an adventure, as opposed to a vacation, you tend to spend more time with the locals who are your guides and instructors. As such, you learn a lot more about far-flung places than you ever would on the beach, and you get to experience a more authentic way of living at your chosen destination.