Travel to some is a commodity, in the sense that it is a network of consumable products from flights to hotels though for many people it’s a life enhancing experience they look forward to due to the unique experiences and variety that comes from travel.
However, many people get tired of the same old holidays, whereby, they turn up to a nice hotel with a nice pool and nice weather – to the point that “nice” simply doesn’t cut it anymore… they want more, they want adventure and to spice things up, which is where experiential travel comes in.
The trend toward experiential travel is here to stay, as people migrate from the traditional flop and drop holidays to a more authentic cultural experience that is focused on something more than sun, sea and fun. Indeed, the majority of people have a bucket list filled with such travel inspiration.
In this article, we’re going to look at three different type of experiential travel styles to offer some inspiration and work out which one best suits you:
Many people fund their active adventures, such as skydiving or climbing Mt Kilimanjaro by raising sponsorship for a charity but there’s no need to be sponsored to undertake an exciting adventure. A lot of people feel more comfortable tackling something gruelling or “different” with an experienced tour operator such as Global Adventure Challenges, where you are pushed to your limits but in a safe and secure way.
Then, there are organised events such as the Yukon Arctic Ultra that you can train for and participate in as an athlete. This race, in particular, is one of the toughest ultra marathons as it is in minus twenty-five degrees conditions where you cover 100 miles in the space of three days with little more than a pulk sled and sleeping bag – there’s no hostels or nice warm fire, you are on your own, surviving in the wilderness underneath the Northern Lights with the howling sound of nearby wolves.
A lot of people consider travel to be a rewarding educational experience, whether you’re wanting to learn Thai Boxing in a traditional boxing camp in Thailand, or be on the other side of the table, teaching English as a foreign language – many people today are travelling with a view to educating others or educating themselves.
One of the highest emotional needs is that of feeling you are making a difference, and when travelling to countries with socio-economic problems you can make a huge difference by simply digging a well, offering love to an orphaned child, or using your intellectual skills to transform a community or enhance a projects impact.
There are many ways in which you can make a contribution to society, when travelling, though in the most part it’s a good idea to look for an organised experience (but one that is run by the local community as this way, the donation from your trip goes direct to them, rather than a third party with commercial costs to cover).