What is adventure travel?
It’s a complex term, that means something different to everybody. For some, it could mean riding a bicycle from Portugal to Singapore. For others, rafting the entire length of the Amazon.
But what if adventure travel just meant getting outside of your comfort zone? This would keep the meaning of it loose and flexible, changing depending on who you talked to.
If you’ve never been outside of your home country before, adventure travel could be as simple as visiting a destination that you know nothing about. The fear of stepping foot into the unknown is an adventure, if it’s not something you would normally ever do.
For us, adventure travel runs deeper.
We’ve been lucky enough to spend over a decade travelling the world, hiking in remote jungles in Guatemala, riding motorbikes 15’000km around Southeast Asia, hitchhiking through Tibet and exploring destinations as remote as Antarctica.
Our experiences have led us to continually push the limits of our comfort zone, and we’re always looking for that next big adventure. We feel comfortable enough now to land in a foreign land without any prior research, and figure out our way around without stress or worries. Because of that, we look for activities and destinations that will quench our thirst for adrenaline and thrills.
We consider ourselves to be professional travellers, and have been massive advocates for long-term adventure travel for more than 10 years. What that means for us though, may be different for you.
We have friends who have crossed the Arctic Circle on skis without prior experience. We know people who have climbed the Seven Summits. Some of our colleagues have hiked the length of continents, while others have simply travelled to regions that have never seen tourists before. These people are our inspiration.
Adventure travel is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the blogging world, with everybody claiming they are ‘adventure travel bloggers’.
So what adventures have we done over the years that have stood out to us?
- Travelled overland from Thailand to Turkey over two years without taking a single flight.
- Explored Hang Son Doong (the world’s largest cave) on a 6 day expedition.
- Rode more than 15’000km on two motorbikes around Southeast Asia.
- Sailed on a small catamaran in the Caribbean for two months, where we scared off pirates with our air rifles (true story) and went through the ‘perfect storm’ more than 150 nautical miles out to sea.
- Horse trekked to visit the Tsaatan reindeer herders in Northern Mongolia.
- Survived the “World’s Most Dangerous Hike” on Mount Huashan, China.
- We are both qualified rescue divers with wreck and nitrox certifications.
- Hitchhiked in more than 15 different countries.
- Independent trekking is one of our biggest passions.
- We were the first people to hike and mark a brand new 3-day hiking trail in Kyrgyzstan.
- Hitchhiked from Shangri La to Chengdu through the ancient Tibetan Kham province, camping in the snow along the way.
- Drove a van from one end of Canada to the other…And back, without paying for accommodation once.
- Caught chicken buses with gun-wielding gang members in El Salvador.
- Survived a head on bus crash in Myanmar.
- Trekked the ‘O Circuit’ for 8 days in Patagonia, completely unassisted, with all our supplies on our backs.
- Scuba dived in cenotes in Mexico.
- Took a cargo ship from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan across the Caspian Sea.
- Bungee jumped and skydived in 5 different countries.
- Hitchhiked for 7 days across Northern Mongolia.
- Slept on the dirt floor of nomadic shepherd’s stone huts in Western China.
- Travelled along the Pamir Highway between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
To be honest, we can’t actually remember most of our crazy adventures as this has just become our normal life.
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