Adventure Travel - Camping And Rafting

Written by Serena Berger
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Adventure travel can be an exciting and affordable vacation option for people from all walks of life. While there is something to be said for going to a historical site to visit national landmarks and museums, or going to a spa, or relaxing for a week on the beach, many people find that an active outdoor vacation rejuvenates them even more. If you are interested in adventure travel, you can find something that fits your budget, as well as being the ideal vacation for you alone, with a romantic partner, or with the whole family.

Some families want an adventure travel vacation where they can engage in activities as a group. It's often a great idea to rent a cabin or an RV so that you can spend a week or more in an area that offers many different outdoor activities. If you consider renting a cabin somewhere, you can get one with enough room to invite the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins or they can come stay in neighboring cabins.

Great Areas for Adventure Travel

Mountainous areas in the mid-Atlantic and northeast are a particularly suited destination for a variety of outdoor activities. Possible activities include mountain climbing, hiking, trail walking, biking, horseback riding and camping. On the rivers that often wind through the mountains, you can consider whitewater rafting, tubing or kayaking, and in still water you can always enjoy swimming.

Multiple generations can have a great time whitewater rafting on a river with Class I-III rapids, climbing, or hiking together. If the adults want to break off and brave some tougher rapids, more dangerous climbing, or even something as adventurous as skydiving, there are alternate activities suitable for the other family members to enjoy. Many of the areas that offer great outdoor sports also have lovely quiet areas around lakes or in the woods, cabin or resort facilities with amenities, and great restaurants so that the less athletic members of a group can still have a fabulous vacation.

Many couples enjoy taking romantic adventure travel vacations together. But when it's just the two of you, the options are vast and exciting. For an active couple who want to share a challenge outdoors, as well as enjoy some beautiful scenery and solitude, the possibilities for adventure are endless.

Adventure Travel Packages for Singles

Adventure travel for singles is a popular option, too. If you enjoy climbing, rafting, hiking, boating, or any other outdoor sports, one of the best ways to meet a potential partner is by engaging in those activities with others who share your interests. Sharing a passion for outdoor adventures can be an important part of compatibility in a relationship, as well as a great way to get to know each other in an informal setting.

There are a lot of adventure travel packages where you receive instruction in a particular sport. If you want to learn to ski, for example, or try rock climbing, a concentrated week or two of lessons can provide the training and inspiration that you need to keep up with the sport on your own. For many people, these activities can be intimidating at first and difficult to learn in a single day; thus a sporting vacation can give you the foundation to progress in your chosen activity and gain the maximum enjoyment and fitness benefits from it in the future.

You could opt to use a travel agent to book an adventure vacation package; but if you don't want to be confined to a set schedule, it's easy to plan your own adventure. On the flip side, however, it may be unwise to enter a vacation with nothing but the "head to the mountains and see what happens" mentality. A healthy medium is finding a resort or region you would like to visit, and then asking the resort's staff how to make your activities as safe as possible, as well as for recommendations of other activities you might enjoy. It is important to plan your activities carefully in order to ensure safety. Make sure you bring the necessary equipment, clothing, and supplies, but leave some flexibility for the sort of spontaneous and unexpected challenges of a real adventure.


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