What Is An Adventure Traveller?
In this post I will aim to answer how you can become an adventure traveller. The reason why you may want to know how to define an adventure traveller is due to the increasing popularity of it. So this is a new trend you will probably see in more and more places.
This knowledge may help you transform how you travel to gain more personal value. Potentially, you may find that you already identify with the increasing adventure travel trend yourself. This may influence your future travel experiences to become more meaningful and you may see them in a new perspective.
Consequently, I will use this opportunity to show you how a seasonal tourism worker (in other words, commonly known as “Seasonaire”) is an adventure traveller. This will hopefully open up your mind to new opportunities, and encourage you to take steps towards an adventurous lifestyle. You will find how this experience can transform you, to be a better person and create more meaningful moments. So let’s dive into it 👇🏻
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How Do We Define An Adventure Traveller?
In this section, you will find the definition of an adventure traveller so you have the full picture of what we are talking about here.
You will find from my previous research, that adventure traveller is a person who takes part in niche tourism activities. The niche we are talking about is adventure tourism. You will find that this is a growing area of the tourism industry. Academically defined as a niche involving travel to explore certain degree of risk. Whether real or perceived.
For example you could find the risk vibe in certain definitions of adventure tourism. For instance “Recreational travel which may be hazardous, varying from extremely dangerous activities to involvement in thrilling but relatively safe pursuits”. (Beaver, 2012)
However, According to the U.S.-based Adventure Travel Trade Association, you are an adventure traveller if you have taken part in a tourist activity involving physical activity, a cultural exchange and connection with nature. You can see, this suggests the opposite, less involvement of risk.
Why am I telling you this?
So from my experience, I found adventure travel to be linked to some hardcore activities, such as skydiving. This is what a lot of us picture in our minds, when we hear adventure travel. What I want to say is, adventure traveller is more than an adrenaline junkie. There is a deeper meaning to it all, in the sphere of personal development.
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The Motivations Of Adventure Traveller
As per recent study conducted by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), there is a particularly new word associated with adventure tourism. The word is “transformation”, defined in the study as personal growth, challenge, accomplishment, achievement, gratitude and mindfulness. As a result, this definition opens you up to a whole new world of activities which could class as adventure travel.
At the same time, the study shows and supports my argument that adventure travel is not about adrenaline rush. It is about something much deeper, something on a personal level. It is about self transformations.
Transformative Travel Experience
A transformative experience, that leaves a lasting change or impression does not have to involve much risk at all. As quoted by ATTA “Dr. Viren’s research supports what has been under our noses for so long: Yes, adventure travellers crave transformative experiences. In fact, rather than accepting transformation as a happy byproduct of their quest for fun and thrills, adventure travellers are actively motivated by this desire for personal growth and change.”
Similarly, we can find that people who work in the adventure tourism industry are motivated by the feeling of contributing to something worthwhile.
I found that in the early days of adventure travel research, this industry was associated with a lot of risky physical activities. For example: rock climbing, sky diving, bungee jumping etc.. So, now if you look back and compare these activities to your transformative motivation you will see the correlation.
To clarify these activities mentioned above require some courage, skill and confidence, I am sure you will agree. As a result, these activities may be perceived as self transforming and challenging. That is to say, initially there could’ve been a confusion of what adventure travel is.
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Are You An Adventurous Traveller?
According to the research conducted by Tourism Notes, and as per my debate about risk taking in adventure travel, there is alternative world in adventure tourism. This is sometimes referred to as soft adventures.
These adventures usually have little risk and require minimal commitment or beginning skills. Let me give you some examples:
- Scuba Diving
- Horseback riding
Now, initially I did not think of myself as an adventure traveller. I was always really interested in this growing area of tourism, but never thought I could identify as an adventure traveller.
However, throughout my career in the travel industry and continued research into adventure tourism I have found that a lot of my work was transformative. A lot of the travelling I did was meaningful and worthwhile. I achieved that by living the seasonaire lifestyle.
What is a Seasonaire Lifestyle?
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For you, who have note potentially tried this type of lifestyle this might be new. In simple language, like I have touched on it before “Seasonaire” is a shortcut word. Seasonaire describes a person who lives in different locations during different seasons of the year.
For instance, a person who in the summer lives by the beach and in the winter lives in the Alps. As you can imagine, two very different climates and types of activities you can do.
You could achieve this lifestyle in a few different ways. You could have enough money not to work through certain times of the year, or you could do specific jobs that do not tie you to one location. The last alternative, would be working in the tourism industry in different peak seasons for different types of tourism companies. Which is exactly what I did.
The Seasonal Lifelong Transformations
After taking a look at the new proposed definition of adventure traveller. The one that shows us how self transformation is perceived as the key element. I would like to emphasise on the seasonal transformations you could experience.
To give you an example, between the ages of 20 to 24, I have lived and worked in five completely different places. I have lived in the southern, then northern Italy and then three different locations in France. Similarly I also lived in the UK through different periods of the year.
The places where I worked and lived differed dramatically. I have lived in very poor areas of these countries, but I also lived in very rich and reserved for millionaire’s vacation resorts in these countries.
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Moving Up The Ladder
Meanwhile when I was jumping through seasons, I have been promoted twice to higher leading roles. During this time I have went from being a cleaner to campsite team leader, I was also a receptionist in a multilingual role and a duty hotel manager.
If you take away the winter breaks I had, all these career moves, only really took me about two years of actual working life. During winters I studied at university.
Subsequently, as soon as the university course finished I was in the mountains, doing a winter ski season. This by far was the most challenging but most enjoyable and transformative experience.
This transformed me to not only be able to step up to higher responsibility roles, but also to adapt and live in often extreme winter and summer conditions.
I have learned how to ski and snowboard in a very short time. I even dared to jump off a mountain on a parachute and seen some unforgettable events and views. More on this if you click here.
I can also say I lived in a tent for a good nine to twelve months of my life doing summer camps. This is by far the best time of my life.
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Compare It To Typical Jobs You Can Find Closer To Home..
I mean, who else gets opportunities to do so much in such a short period of time? Let’s picture working in an office for a period of 24 months. Then picture changing your job role four times to better and higher pay roles in that 24 months of work. Not to mention, free accommodation, no bills, often free food and lifelong skills and memories.
For example; learning to cook, building tents, scuba diving, renting boats, skiing, snowboarding, learning new languages while you are at it and many more unforgettable experiences. These things will transform you for a lifetime, and you are getting paid decent a wage to do it.
Is Seasonaire Lifestyle Full Of Adventurous Experiences?
Consequently following what we have learned, we could say that being a Seasonaire is a type of adventure travel. Following a lifestyle, which encourages you to be exposed to new people, cultures, places and environments is most importantly challenging and transformative.
Above all, I have made lifelong friends with people from all over the world and found subsequently many more reasons that connect us with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
On the other hand, doing overseas work away from home made me appreciate things I used to take for granted at home. For instance, seeing your family all the time and other little things like certain types and brands of foods from the UK local stores and take-away chains. On a more serious note, it made me see my life at home from an outside perspective. It helped me to reflect and achieve great things i.e. after every season I felt even more motivated and empowered to do better at university.
Certainly this is what true adventure travel is about, snacking different bits of different cultures and places and then reflecting on it to transform your own life at home.
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