You like adventures right? If yes, this is the article for you. Have you ever thought these adventures can also be a different segment of tourism? This is a very new concept of tourism where people only travel to experience thrill. So what exactly is Adventure Tourism?
What is Adventure Tourism?
Adventure Tourism can be defined as people travelling to different places out of their comfort zone to explore remote areas, exotic places and hostile areas. It is a type of tourism in which travellers do some activities which adds thrill and spice to the tour whilst experiencing nature.
This type of tourism is quite popular in the younger age group. People usually travel out of their comfort zone to test their abilities, overcome their fears, experience thrill and what nature has to offer. Travellers are also ready to risk just to experience the chills that come whilst dooing the activity and the satisfaction once they do it.
Types of Adventure Tourism:
Adventure tourism is categorized into two types.
This type of adventure refers to activities with a high amount of risk, containing high level of commitment and advanced skills. Hard adventure tourism includes the activities like climbing mountains/rock/ice, trekking, caving, sky diving etc.
This type of adventure refers to activities with a low levels of risk, requiring minimal commitment and beginning skills; most of these activities are led by experienced guides. Soft tourism includes the activities like backpacking, camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, safaris, fishing, bird watching, etc.
History of Adventure Tourism:
People traveled in ancient times for exploration of sea roots, new destinations, or even a new country. But to be specific in the mid-1800s, adventurers began to push their limits of mountain climbing and river rafting, with the first ascent of the Matterhorn and descent of the Colorado River. Shortly thereafter, two key institutions were formed. The National Geographic Society and Explorers Club. These institutions were supporting adventure tourism continuously.
In the mid- 1950s, many first ascents and descents attracted global attention and inspired many people to go on their own expeditions. This was the takeoff of modern adventure tourism. Nowadays, Adventure Tourism has become very vibrant, dynamic, and rapidly-changing sector with new variants regularly added into the possible experiences.
Individual companies are often small, owner-operated businesses led by proprietors with a drive to share their favorite entrepreneurs in rural areas around the world to do the same. Almost three fourth of overall international travel departures leave from Europe, North America, and South America, and together these three regions account for over USD 263 billion in adventure travel expenditures.
Why do people choose Adventure Tourism?
Because it is resilient Adventure tourists are passionate and risk-taking. It attracts Adventure tourists who are willing to pay a premium for exciting and authentic experiences. The survey by adventure operators has reported an average of USD 3,000 spent per person, with an average trip length of eight days. And it also supports the local economies of the country.
Famous destinations for Adventure Tourism:
India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, United states of America, Germany, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Morocco, Canada, South Africa, Galapagos island, Chile, Green land, Antarctica, etc.