Myth #1: Only young people can adventure holiday
Young and fearless individuals may find the idea of rafting alone in a remote river or hiking through the solitude of dense forests more appealing. However, this does not rule out the possibility of older people getting into adventure traveling. You can solve any obstacle as long as you can handle the physical element of adventure travel and a lot of that can be done through preparation and training (my friend Kevin is 63 and just hiked to the Everest Base Camp).
These trips are all about mental toughness, stamina, and preparation. Becoming older just makes you better in these areas. So long as you don’t have any major health issues, you can embark on a trip that arouses your excitement and cross some items of your bucket list.
Myth #2: It is expensive
Another myth of adventure travel is that it is super expensive and will drain your bank account, but like anything else it’s all about what you decide to do and how you decide to do it. I’ve done super cheap hike/camping trips in the middle of the Grand Tetons and also spent a good amount of money rafting through the Grand Canyon. But even the rafting trip was cheaper than spending money on vacation rentals and vacation accommodation for 13 days.
Like anything else, it all depends on where you want to go and what kind of adventure trip you want to take. Of course, some activities will be more expensive than others, but you tailor your experiences to the budget that you have available and make sacrifices where you have to.
Myth #3: It is dangerous
Adventure travel can be risky to some extent, which is what makes it so exciting. However, if you make sure the activities that pose a danger are done under the close supervision of an expert, you will keep yourself much safer. Look for package deals offered by reputable adventure tour operators who will make your safety their priority.
One of the first things I look for when researching adventure tour companies is the reviews other people who have used the company have left. Often times, they will specifically state facts about the company’s safety protocol.
You should now be able to embark on an adventure that these popular myths and stereotypes about adventure traveling have been refuted.
The best way to get started is to find a few things you want to do, look at some websites to see what choices are available that work within your budget.
When planning such trips, the most important consideration should be safety. While going through an agent or tour operator may cost a little more, it is worth it to protect yourself.