The adventure travel story (uncut)

03 August 2018

Intro

Why travel? "Because it beats the alternative (of staying home)" -as someone laid out so accurately. Travel is an adventure, you don't know what's around the corner.

There are 195 countries in the world today, seeing the world will educate you in a hands-on way that could never be accomplished through any class or school. Meeting people form other countries and explore various cultures will change your perspective on life and let you discover new things about yourself.

“Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.” -Dalai Lama

A trip might help you move forward in life. It gives you a chance to reflect, look back and look forward - where you've been, where you're going, and where you want to be. 

We want to inspire you. Therefore, we did a round-up with experienced travelers and travelers who are just getting started with one thing in common - Adventure Travel. Find out how it all started for them and how travel has changed their lives. Maybe it will give you that push to get out of your comfort zone or encourage you to take on a new challenge in life what ever that might be.


Meet the Travelers

Meet the travelers who participated in our interview. You can either scroll down to read their stories or you can click on a name.

Travelers' data

Below is a summary based on the answers of three multiple-choice questions our travelers took.

Countries visited

Preferred way of travelling Time most spent (while travelling)


1. Freeborn Aiden

 Aiden Jospeh 

 Adventure Travel


Hi I'm Aiden, originally born in Great Britain but re-born out on the road! I've been travelling for 4 years now but never leave home without my hairdryer.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I was never inspired to travel so much as driven to it. My safe, comfortable and utterly unfulfilling life at home collapsed around me; I then had nowhere better to be and so I hit the road.

How has travel changed your life?
It's made me incredibly confident & fearless and daresay I say even happy. I have made countless friends, learned new skills and even developed a new career. Oh and I also fell in love up in the Indian Himalaya's.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Gut feeling and occasionally dreams. Also word of mouth from other travellers.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
A bit of Google and then a Lonely Planet picked up from my local library.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
It bothers me that it still predominantly middle class westerners who enjoy the benefits of travel - most Indian's for example have never left their home country. I would love it to become more inclusive and available to all but I know that a lot needs to change in the world for this to happen.

On a more positive note, I love that Air B n B has allowed me to live inside somebodies house rather than a hotel and I'd like to see how this concept can develop further.

As for travel trends, it always perplexes me when some destinations suddenly become "hot" and people flock their purely because its fashionable. I encourage people to think for themselves, use some imagination and if all else fails throw a dart into a map to pick your next destination!

 

2. Wanderlusters

 Charli Moore 

 Adventure Travel


Charli Moore is a wanderluster and a photographer originally from Norfolk in the UK. A qualified PADI Divemaster, keen runner, and green tea connoisseur, she’s addicted to adventure and on a mission to inspire your next vacation.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
In 2010 I made the decision to live a life less ordinary. I quit my job, moved out of my flat, and six months later after much downsizing and guide book consulting, I embarked on an undefined period of travel.

I call it ‘undefined’ because I had no time limitations restricting my journey. As far as I was concerned I was just going off on an adventure and I’d let fate decide my path.

Fast forward eight years and I've spent time living in all four corners of the world. My desire to experience new cultures and photograph beautiful views fuels my desire to travel, I don't think I'll ever lose the sensation of constant wanderlust.

How has travel changed your life?
My adventurous streak is definitely something that has developed since I left home. As a teenager I suffered from anxiety and consequently travel was an activity I rarely engaged in; the thought of getting onto a plane and flying half way across the world terrified me. Now I relish the opportunity for new experiences; I feel this is because travel has pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Instagram! I'm always adding destinations to my bucket list after seeing a fellow traveller sharing pictures from their last trip.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I think locals and bloggers who have been to a destination have great insights into what to see and where to stay so I'll spend a few hours hunting down blogs and forums discussing the destination.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think the sharing economy has already drastically changed the way we travel and I've no doubt it will continue to do so.

 

3. A Little Adrift

Shannon O'Donnell 

Responsible Tourism


A responsible tourism advocate, and named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work helping travelers use grassroots tourism as a force for good. She encourages other travelers to not only explore the world, but to understand how travel impacts local communities and cultures.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
My love affair with travel truly began a couple of years into my decade of non-stop travel—it's then that I began to see that not only was travel transforming my own perspective on the world, but that through responsible tourism I could use travel as a force for good, spreading tourism dollars into communities and initiatives in need of conscious travellers.

How has travel changed your life?
Travel has brought me profound joys. It brought me new friends, forever friends who have changed my life for the better. It brought laughter, struggle, and interest to my days—spending a decade connecting to communities and causes all over the world transformed me into the person I am today.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I've traveled very slowly this past decade, so there are still some iconic bucket list experiences that I haven't yet done. Those surely inform some of my planned adventures, and I am also always on the lookout for places with innovative social enterprises and immersive experiences—when I find those, that's a sure way to bump a place higher on my list.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I'm not a huge planner. I actually book my tickets through Kayak usually, then I find a place to stay on Airbnb, or through recommendations from other bloggers. At that point, I figure out how to get from the airport to my hotel and I leave the rest of planning to chance—I ask for things to do from the hotel once I arrive and other travellers on the ground, and I completely wing it!

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
The world is increasingly connected and easy to travel—you can assuage fears ahead of time and plan to visit most any place on earth. This trend is not stopping any time soon and adventure travel will continue to grow as travelers discover new places and find the courage to book flights and see the world.

 

4. An Adventurous World

 Macca Sherifi 

 Adventure and Outdoors


Macca Sherifi is an award-winning travel blogger at An Adventurous World looking at capturing the world one place at a time.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
It all started when I first went backpacking to Thailand in 2006. It was that trip that gave me the desire to travel and see the world, to really learn about other people's cultures and societies. As for adventure, I always like pushing myself to the limit in all aspects of life, especially while travelling!

How has travel changed your life?
Travel started off as a passion, then it became my job, and now it is my life. I have been working in travel for about eight years now and I can't imagine working in any other industry. The beautiful thing is I'm still excited to travel.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I find inspiration from everywhere - from people I speak to, scrolling images on Instagram, flicking through magazines. Anything with travel and I'm usually hooked.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
As a blogger, usually I try and find the most up-to-date blogs on a destination. I find they always have the most current advice and information. I always like to reach out to my audience too and ask them for their top tips - you'd be surprised by some of the answers!

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think people are no longer comfortable sitting by a pool for a couple of weeks; these days people really want to challenge themselves and do something out there while on holiday. I think adventure travel companies that are able to offer the adventurous side of things with a slice of luxury will cash in on the market as I think people want to push themselves but they want to enjoy their downtime too.

 

5. Claire's Itchy Feet

 Claire Summers 

 Adventure Travel


Claire is a full-time traveler and Digital Nomad. At 34 she sold all her worldly possessions that wouldn’t fit into 3 boxes or her backpack and hit the road.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
In 2010 I made the decision to live a life less ordinary. I quit my job, moved out of my flat, and six months later after much downsizing and guide book consulting, I embarked on an undefined period of travel.

I call it ‘undefined’ because I had no time limitations restricting my journey. As far as I was concerned I was just going off on an adventure and I’d let fate decide my path.

Fast forward eight years and I've spent time living in all four corners of the world. My desire to experience new cultures and photograph beautiful views fuels my desire to travel, I don't think I'll ever lose the sensation of constant wanderlust.

How has travel changed your life?
My adventurous streak is definitely something that has developed since I left home. As a teenager I suffered from anxiety and consequently travel was an activity I rarely engaged in; the thought of getting onto a plane and flying half way across the world terrified me. Now I relish the opportunity for new experiences; I feel this is because travel has pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Instagram! I'm always adding destinations to my bucket list after seeing a fellow traveller sharing pictures from their last trip.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I think locals and bloggers who have been to a destination have great insights into what to see and where to stay so I'll spend a few hours hunting down blogs and forums discussing the destination.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think the sharing economy has already drastically changed the way we travel and I've no doubt it will continue to do so.

 

6. Discovery Photo Tours

 Ken Kaminesky 

 Travel Photography


Ken Kaminesky is a veteran commercial travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the photography industry. Ken's iconic photography has featured in major publications including the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and twice on the front cover of National Geographic magazine.


How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
After some drastic negative changes in the stock photography industry in 2008, I decided to follow my dreams and hit the road to become a travel photographer. Stock photography as a career was good for a while but no longer sustainable as an income generating occupation.

After beginning to travel and find some success in a new field, I soon realised that the more I travelled, the more I had a passion for it. It has basically become a self sustaining and self fuelling way of feeding my passion for travel and all the wonderful things surrounding it.

How has travel changed your life?
Without the travel photography work and travel photo tours that I run, I just don't know where I'd be today. Taking a chance and believing in myself when I decided to take this leap of faith has been the most positive thing I have ever done in my life.

Travel is an education if you allow it to be. It opens your eyes to new things, places, experiences, cultures, experiences, foods, customs, beliefs, relationships, and friends. If that isn't life changing, then I don't know what is.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I'm inspired by other travellers and photographers whose stories and images influence me and rouse my sense of adventure. On my Discovery Photo Tours that I run, I get the chance to meet photographers from so many varied backgrounds who all have wonderful tales to tell about their travels and adventures. The more I travel, the more travellers I meet and the more inspired I am to visit the next place and find new adventures in far off places that stir the soul.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
The interwebs! Photo sites like 500px and simple image searches via search engines help me discover new places. I also am fortunate to have a wide circle of colleagues and friends in the travel biz that I can reach out to for advice.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
It all depends on how one defines "Adventure". For me, adventure means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking some chances in life. You don't have to climb Mount Everest to have an adventure, you just have to develop some sense of wanderlust and follow your heart and dreams.

 

7. Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel

 Laurel Robbins

 Hiking


Laurel is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, one of the world's leading travel blogs. She offers hiking and wildlife tours for travellers who love being in nature without having to rough it.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I spent 2 1/2 years living in Asia right after university. I was driven by curiosity. Over 20 years later, I'm still curious and living abroad, but this time in Germany.

How has travel changed your life?
It's made me more accountable for how I live when I see how humbly most of the world's population lives. I now live in a much smaller place than I did before I started travelling and try to minimize my global footprint. When you meet people from all over the world, you see how truly connected we all are.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I'm drawn to places where primates live, especially endangered ones. I believe that primate tourism when done responsibly can be an incredible conservation initiative, which I find inspiring.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
Ask questions. Someone else has been there before me and they're likely excited to talk about it. All you have to do is ask. One of my favourite ways to do this is crowdsourcing on Twitter. It's a great way to interact with people from all over the globe including locals. I get tons of great ideas from doing this.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think we're all seeking connectedness and ironically one of the best ways to do this is by going on a solo trip where you spend time in nature. I'm a huge fan of solo treks and am seeing this grow in popularity as travellers discover the benefits of this type of adventure.


8. Justin Goes Places

 Justin Greak

 Travel Stories and Advice


I'm an international teacher and travel writer exploring the world, while sharing stories and advice from around the globe. Originally from Texas, I am now based out of Stockholm, Sweden.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I have always had a passion for seeking out new cultures, sites, and experiences. I enjoy meeting new people and stepping outside of my comfort zone - what better way to feed those passions than visiting new and exciting places?

How has travel changed your life?
After experiencing such a wide variety of amazing experiences while traveling across Europe each summer, I was inspired to seek out work there to be able to better explore the continent. In July 2016 I was hired to teach in Sweden. I am now able to travel much more frequently (and cheaply) around Europe than I was while living in the states.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I find inspiration for new adventures in a variety of ways: Travel blogs, word of mouth from friends and acquaintances, travel podcasts, Instagram photos, and sometimes even just from studying a world map.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I typically begin by researching travel writers who have visited the destination. Travel blogs provide an invaluable research tool for planning and preparing for a trip. It gives me ideas on what to expect, what to see and do, where to eat, and many other ideas. I find online travel forums to be a wonderful resource as well, with places like the Lonely Planet or Tripadvisor forums particularly helpful. When asking questions there, you'll often find helpful and willing locals who are happy to give you ideas or answer any questions you have.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
It seems that many of the world's most beautiful spots are being overly exploited and oversaturated with selfie seeking Instagram users. I think that more obscure places in the world are going to start gaining in popularity, as people seek out more unique and personal experiences.


9. Nicole Buzzing

 Nicole Buzzing 

 Lifestyle, Photography & Travel


Nicole works in the luxury travel industry in Ontario, but enjoys photography and personal travel opportunities on the side. Her aim is to travel smart and share what she she learns from life and travels with others.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?

My first trip out of Canada was back in 2011 on a cruise out of New Orleans headed to Mexico and various regions in Central America. That trip gave me the push I needed to start saving for future travel and really start thinking about what I could do with my tourism management degree once I finished school. I took my first solo trip in 2016 to Turkey and was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered there. Learning opportunities and exposure to new and different experiences are what I find most valuable from my travels.

How has travel changed your life?
Travel provides experiences that no video, book or conversation can match. I try to absorb everything happening around me, especially the cultural aspects and try to adopt some of what I have learned in my own life. I find I see my own life from a new perspective after traveling. I am fascinated when I am able to see and understand how locals live in a country and share my own life experiences and perspectives with them - it's amazing what you have in common and at the same time, how much your lives differ.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Photos are one of my main sources for travel inspiration. Stories and articles from friends, family and other bloggers come in at a close second.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
First, set a realistic budget and stick too it! Second, double check travel advisories and necessary vaccinations for admittance into the country.

Tour-led trips: Research tour operators (core values, customer reviews, articles and media features on the company) and consider trip itineraries, taking special note of the towns/cities we will be based out of as well as planned trip highlights/activities like cruises, top attractions, local-led activities, etc.. Any special opportunities or must-dos offered, like a balloon ride of Cappadocia, would also have an impact in the chosen tour. Time spent in one area as well as time spent getting to the next are also important because a balance between being rushed and too leisurely is key.

Booking on my own: Research possible accommodations (I'm a fan of Air BnB and even sites like Hotwire), track flights for a couple of weeks if possible before booking them, then book and plot out all of the local highlights like attraction tickets, nature parks, site-seeing tours, etc. I consult TripAdvisor, tourism board websites and other travel bloggers posts often for this. And I buy travel insurance.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
Travel in general is more popular now than ever and access to flights, ease of booking online, and developing advancements in technology with regards to transportation will only continue to add to the number of people able to travel each year. Affordable travel options are virtually available at all income brackets and the options are limitless. Unique attractions entice travellers to visit, many of which are related to adventure travel and appeal to all ages. Personally getting kicked off a bridge into a canyon or walking across a glass bridge in the Asian mountains are not my cup of tea, but trekking through the jungle in search of gorillas or scuba diving with sharks would definitely appeal to my adventurous side.

 

10. Footloose Dev

 Devesh Joshi

 Travel Blog


I am Dev, a full-time travel blogger and writer from New Delhi, India. I quit my job 2+ years ago to travel the world and write about my journeys.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
It all started with discontentment in the corporate life. I didn't want to spend my life working for someone and then one day just retire and have nothing for myself. A passion for travelling and working for my own self made me a travel-blogger/writer/photographer.

How has travel changed your life?
It has made me a more confident person. After travelling solo, I have moreover become more open to different cultures. Handling different situations have become far easier now.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I'm drawn to places where primates live, especially endangered ones. I believe that primate tourism when done responsibly can be an incredible conservation initiative, which I find inspiring.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I have only one formula for finding inspiration for new adventures: ask local people where to go. When I am home, I often use Quora and read other blogs to find where to head to next.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
With backpacking become a normal trend, more and more people are getting into adventure travel. Rather than opting for paid trips, people are planning their trips on their own, and that's the real definition of adventure travel.

Adventure travel for me is more than just participating in adventure activities, it's about doing things you're not comfortable with: hitchhiking, camping, accepting invitations to eat with local people etc.

 

11. Sam Allen Skiing

 Samuel Anthony Allen 

 Freeskiing, The Alps, New Zealand


A dedicated ski bum with a competitive nature and a passion to explore.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
It started with my skiing and I went where it took me. Now when I travel I want to get to know the people and what they're like almost more than the place. Thats really how I will find out what the place is about.

How has travel changed your life?
It has made me a more open minded and more cultured individual.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Word of mouth, other fellow travellers and google maps to see what the terrains like there.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I google, I read and find local people that I can meet up with there. I like to find a sort of guide someone that can also let me crash with them maybe via Couchsurfing or Facebook community pages.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think they're should be more youtube webisodes of people going to new places, new resorts and reporting what its all about. People wanna see and hear exactly what its all about, not just read online

 

12. Tijn Vuijk

 Tijn Vuijk  

 Freeskiing


One of the best female freeride and steep skiers from the Netherlands interested in spiritual growth to obtain ultimate freedom.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I am adventure. I love to see and discover new places. I never watch a move more than once...

How has travel changed your life?
It gave me a bigger perspective. Matter doesn’t matter that much anymore. It gave me a sense of freedom. It let me felt at home in myself without having a physical home.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Skiing brings me to many different places. I love to discover new ski areas especially when they are exotic. I see ski movies where riders inspire me.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
Mainly ask people in the area to join me.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
My new favourite travel adventure is discovering myself with meditation. To calm down and being less restless so I don’t need to travel that much anymore. I found inner peace which gives me true fulfilment. The hunger to see new things and the need to move continuously is gone. I discovered true freedom through this discovery. Amazing!

 

13. Still Stoked

 Alexa Hohenberg  

 Women adventure sports, lifestyle & travel


A professional snowboarder, mechanised snowcat guide & avid surfer, I create and curate inspiring content of women doing awesome things on the platform StillStoked.com. My mission is to produce the stories that I wished were available to me as a kid.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
My love of sliding sideways, be it on snow or the water has always forced me to travel.

How has travel changed your life?
The cultures I've experienced, the people, the hard life lessons on the road, all these things have shaped me to be a more conscientious person. I'm more aware of the injustices in the world and how my own actions, thoughts and dreams can have an impact.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I'm a dreamer. There may be a photo i've seen or a story i've heard. Those things alight the spark and from there I go into a deep hole of dreams.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I read a lot of blogs and stories and recommendations that people have written first hand. I have quite a large community with Still Stoked so I always ask my readers for advice.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
Responsible and sustain travel must be a priority for all. We have beautiful places on this earth and tourism can either destroy or protect them. I want to be part of the solution not the problem.

 

14. The Storyteller - Travel adventures of a digital nomad

 Sabrina Andrea Sachs  

 Digital nomads, solo travellers


I'm a full time traveller who left her comfortable and safe career in London to explore the world and reinvent herself. Since 2015, I've been on the road working as a travel writer, content creator, Instagram strategist and..why not? Creating and launching my own stationery e-shop too.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I've always loved travelling. Since I was little, adventure and travel books where my favourites and later I would take any opportunity to explore, like short weekends away around Europe. After a sudden family loss and living in London for 8 years, I realised life was too short and fragile to postpone all my travel wishes after retirement.

How has travel changed your life?
We often take time for granted and postpone our dreams to a vague future, but I've decided to bring them to the present and do exactly what I wanted: travel + build a new career based on my passions: writing, photography and stories. Three years have passed and I'm still going strong (and I'm super happy!)

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I admit that I'm one of those people who use Instagram to find new travel destinations :) As I share my travels too and inspire people to go where I've been, I find it useful. I also read lots of travel magazines, books and sometimes even books have inspired me to travel.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
The internet is a great source of info, but also my friends. Having travelled so much, I have connections all around the globe and since I like to go off the beaten track, locals are those who tell you how to stay away from the tourists crowds.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
There will be more and more people choosing an adventure travel vs a resort holiday. People need to get excited about life and a cocktail by the pool is so 80s.

 

15. Adventure Inspired

 Katie Levy  

 Outdoor Adventures


I'm a Philadelphia-based outdoor addict with a passion for playing outside and sharing that passion with others. I firmly believe we can be inspired by, and learn and grow from, adventures of all shapes and sizes, and we can start by sharing them with each other!

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I've always loved being active and being outdoors. I grew up in the Fingerlakes Region of Upstate New York, and living there exposed me to some pretty incredible hiking! Upstate New York, including the Catskill Mountains and Adirondacks, gave me a chance to learn more about hiking and backpacking, to try rock climbing and mountain biking, and to explore new ways to play outside. What fuels my passion for adventure is a desire to challenge myself, whether that's on a difficult hike or just by planning a trip to a place I've never been. I love seeing new things and experiencing new places!

How has travel changed your life?
I think traveling and outdoor activities gave me, and still give me, confidence. Being able to be self sufficient on a backpacking trip, i.e. reading maps, following routes, knowing what I need to bring and how to do things on my own, has been huge. It's also helped me learn balance in life, and to work to understand what really matters! Traveling also shows me how incredible the world is, and how important it is to see and experience the unfamiliar. We can get so wrapped up in what's in front of us, and in our immediate spheres; it's so important to understand and be exposed to different people, different ways of life, different cultures, etc.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Inspiration from new adventures largely, for me, comes from some of the other trips I've done, and from friends! For example, living in Alaska made me super curious about glaciers and volcanoes, and I wanted to look for places that gave me access to similar landscapes because we don't see either of those in Pennsylvania where I live now. And recently, a friend planned a group trip to her home country of Slovakia, a place I'd not likely have visited or understood as well without her.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
If it's an outdoor-related trip, I rely a ton on trip reports and blogs as well as guidebooks. The fact that just about anyone can start a blog and share a trip they took makes it super easy to find resources when they otherwise might've been scarce! For example, I learned a ton about the hiking options in Slovakia using an internet search for the region we planned to visit, and many of the pieces I found were written by other outdoor-minded travelers like me.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel? 
With respect to the future of adventure travel, I really truly hope there can be more of a focus on the impact that travel has on natural and cultural resources. I visited Iceland a year ago, and could already see how some natural resources, including trails, looked and felt overused. We have to be able to travel responsibly, to leave places the way we found them, and to try hard to protect them. I think much of that has to do with education; leaving toilet paper near a trail, for example, can ruin the experience for others and impact wildlife, but simply educating more people on Leave No Trace principles and how every little thing we do has an impact can help make a difference. We can't be careless or thoughtless with the places we visit, and the resources we have; they won't be around forever if we are!

 

16. Green Global Travel

 Bret Love & Mary Gabbett 

 Outdoor Adventures


We started Green Global Travel in 2010 with a passion for exploring the world's nature, wildlife, history, and indigenous cultures. From trekking to see Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda to cruising the Galapagos Islands, from camping with Bedouins in the deserts of Jordan to parading with Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans, we share transformative travel experiences that make a positive impact.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
When we began planning Green Global Travel in the jungle of Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park in 2010, we knew we wanted to focus on spreading the sustainable philosophies of ecotourism and conservation. We firmly believed in the positive impact responsible travel could have on nature, wildlife, indigenous cultures and travelers themselves. We felt a responsibility to do our part to help make the world a better place for future generations. Though we weren’t experts by any means, we devoted our lives to helping our readers go green, one baby step at a time.

How has travel changed your life?
Since we launched GGT, we’ve been blessed with countless extraordinary adventures. From swimming with Penguins and Sea Lions in the Galapagos Islands to Scuba diving in the Philippines, from climbing glaciers in Norway to a 3-week safari in Tanzania and Rwanda, each incredible experience has enhanced our understanding of the important role ecotourism can have in improving the economy and ecology of a place. More importantly, our travels inspired us to use GGT as a platform for truly making a difference in this amazing world we love to travel, and hopefully inspire our readers to do the same.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
We don't need to find inspiration, as we have a World Travel Bucket List series on our site that's filled with our dreams of places we're dying to go.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
We read blogs and other expert content; research national parks, wildlife reserves and UNESCO sites we might want to visit; check out local indigenous cultures we'd like to learn more about; and then talk to local DMOs, tour operators, and friends to get inside info on lesser known attractions.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
Ecotourism– responsible travel to natural area that conserves the local ecology and benefits the local economy– is the future of travel. It's the fastest growing form of travel over the past decade, outpacing growth of traditional sun/sand/surf travel by a wide margin.

 

17. EarthXplorer

 JD Andrews  

 Travel photography/videography


After working as a video producer and photographer for more than 20 years, I've explored many of the world’s mysterious places and have traversed over 100 countries across all the seven continents.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
Experiencing it all! I want to see everything, capture and share it.

How has travel changed your life?
It's my life, without travel there is nothing.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I'm a visual person, if I see a photo of a place that looks amazing, I have to go.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I've found the best resource are other travelers and locals.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
There are so many more options now - I just hope it doesn't spoil the experiences.


18. GloboTreks

 Norbert Figueroa  

 Budget and Adventure Travel


An architect from Puerto Rico who hit pause on his career to travel the world long term. He's been on the road for seven years visiting every UN recognised nation.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
It started when I was in high school, when I daydreamed about traveling the world for a year and learning about different cultures. It took me 10 years (after college and a few years working) to realize that dream. My background in architecture also inspired me a lot to travel. I studied so many ancient and interesting buildings from all around the world that I wanted to not just understand academically, but also see and experience them firsthand.

How has travel changed your life?
It's hard to say in just a few sentences because travel is now my lifestyle, so travel, in itself, changed my life entirely - from how I see people, other cultures, how I react to things and situations, my patience, my relationship with others, and so on.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I'm always searching for new things to learn, discover, and experience. I have the goal of visiting all 196 UN Recognized countries in the world, so that alone is a huge load of inspiration. But, beyond visiting them, I also enjoy adrenaline filled experiences, unique activities in different countries, getting out of my comfort zone by trying new things, and so on. It's all about experimenting something new each day.

In terms of where do I find this inspiration? Everywhere. Through other travelers on the road, locals, and even the internet.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I usually book my flight and the first night or two at the destination. I read blogs about the place, including top things to do and anything curious and unique about the place. Then, once there, I start searching locally too, because you always discover something new right at the destination (especially when you talk to locals and other travelers). With that new feedback, I plan the rest of my trip while on the go.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think it's a growing trend. People are now getting more comfortable with getting out of their comfort zone while abroad. They want to do things that make them feel adventurous and accomplished, so they are more willing to go on that volcano hike, snorkel between tectonic plates, canoe down the Amazon, and so on. It's all about pushing their boundaries.

 

19. Absolutely Lucy

 Lucy Ruthnum  

 Adventure Travel


Lucy is a solo female adventure travel & lifestyle blogger from the UK who has been on the road for 4+ years and has been to 30+ countries. She loves any kind of adventure from the jungles of Asia to getting lost on the tube in London, always making travel accessible and affordable for everyone.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I've been a traveller since I was very young, travel runs in the family you could say. But it was a broken heart that gave me the push I needed to set out on my epic solo travelling adventure – the best thing that ever happened to me. I have such a curiosity about the world, the people in it and their stories, I want to grab every opportunity to learn and experience while I can, no regrets.

How has travel changed your life?
It has completely changed my life, my goals and the person I am today. I've followed a whole new career path, made endless new friends who have shaped the person I am, and now I've even met the love of my life and have moved to Germany, something that was definitely never in my life plan. More than anything, it has changed the way I view the world and the people in it, even my priorities have changed.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
Everything inspires me - food, people, cultures, festivals, animals, escapism, beaches, jungles, Instagram, news articles - the list is endless!

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I do a lot of research through other blogs and through talking to travellers, I prefer real-life, raw, up-to-date sources who are honest in their approaches rather than the more polished travel magazines and bigger websites.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think we will see an even bigger push in the direction of independent travel, eco-friendly companies who encourage responsible travel and that many more people will embrace solo travel. It is becoming so much more normal to make choices to go off and experience the world independently and I love this trend, I love that independent travel is becoming more easy and catered for, I'm happy to see a move away from package holidays and all-inclusive deals.

 

20. Mirtewashere

 Mirte van Dijk  

 Snowboard Adventure Travel


A travelling editor in chief, undercover content creator, modest marketeer, digital nomad and haunting entrepreneur.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I just went and it just happened : ) You have to get over the idea that something keeps you at home. The more you go, the more you get familiar with organising your way of living around it. I - and you can too - grew really into being on the road.

How has travel changed your life?
It became my life. It never changed it.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
You listen to people around you: Where have they been? What did they like? What can I do there? Plenty of reason to go visit places you once have seen, want to see or never thought about.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
Google the hell out of it and go.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
Back to basics: eco tourism, close to nature, experience culture and live adventure.

 

21. Aussie on the Road

 Chris Walker-Bush  

 Adventure Travel


I first left home in 2007 to pursue a career in teaching ESL in South Korea, but got a little bit lost along the way and ended up living in Asia (China/Korea) for five years, working in the safari business, and traveling to 25+ countries.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I didn't set out to be an adventurous traveler, but the desire to see and experience as much as humanly possible has really fuelled that.

How has travel changed your life?
I was such a shy, introverted wallflower before I began traveling. The person I am today vs. the person I was in 2007 is just vastly different.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I like to let the universe make those decisions for me. It's always lead me to some places I would never have expected to go: whether it's the jungles of Uganda, the deserts of the UAE, or the Great US road trip.

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I cast a pretty broad net: Google, Pinterest, Facebook friends, and all of the blogs.

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
Finding an adventure that hasn't been ruined by over-tourism!

 

22. Hiking in Finland

 Hendrik MORKEL  

 Adventure Travel in Scandinavia


I'm a photographer and journalist that moved very long ago from a medieval German town to Finland, and stayed here for the beautiful nature with its clean lakes, calm forests and beautiful fjells.

How did it all start? What fuels your passion for adventure travel?
I did a social gap year in Honduras as I was 18 and travelled every weekend around the country and then two months through Central America. That's where it started - though as kids we also were often out & about with our parents!

How has travel changed your life?
I moved to Finland because of travelling, I learned new languages, I became more open-minded and empathic, and also made travelling my job.

Can you describe shortly how you find inspiration for new adventures?
I look what everyone else writes about and then just go there where no one else goes. Once you look past the honey pots which attract all the influencers and tourists you find spots which are even prettier - and most importantly, devoid of other people!

Once you decided on adventure/destination how do you research your trip?
I get a map - preferably a paper one - and then start plotting a route. Then it's just about getting there and back and you have a trip!

What are your thoughts about the future of adventure travel?
I think we will see the fall of the Instagram travel influencer, and people will realize that they also can have adventures close to home - be it riding by bike for a day or five around their region, or going for a hike in their forests & mountains and then camping out. Adventure travel doesn't need to include jungles, flying foxes or distant destinations to be adventurous!

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