9 reasons adventure travel is good for you!
There’s something special about embarking on an adventure into the unknown and really experiencing the world. We call it essential “soul food”. Whether it’s a trek into the mountains, a cycle along rural back roads, a mountain bike challenge over rugged mountains or a climbing expedition to a majestic peak.Adventure travel liberates the soul and benefits your physical, mental and emotional state.
- Spending time outdoors reduces stress!
- Nature makes exercise EASIER!
- Nature regenerates and rejuvenates your soul!
One of the best reasons to spend time outdoors trekking and cycling is that it can regenerate and rejuvenate your mental state. Studies have shown that viewing natural beauty can elicit feelings of awe, which can release endorphins and trigger a mental boost. In an interview with HuffingtonPost, Seattle-based environmental psychologist states “In addition to helping decrease stress levels, spending more time with nature shows a shift toward more positive moods… the theory is that we respond positively to things that are good for us. Trees offer shade, protection and often have fruits and nuts, so they are a source of food as well as protection and comfort.” Ultimately, we tend to be drawn and attracted to things that are beneficial to our survival, which is one of the reasons why trees and other natural elements can help lift our moods.
- Adventures give you a sense of accomplishment!
Regardless of age and size, taking on an overseas adventure can create the feelings associated with personal achievement. The more difficult the trek and the greater the challenge, the more sense of achievement we feel when we accomplish those goals! Whether you’re trekking to Kilimanjaro, climbing Island Peak, cycling the Andes or adventure touring the highlights of Africa, using adventure travel as your personal goal can provide a euphoric feeling that stays with you long after you’ve returned home!
- Travel increases your self-awareness!
A bi-product of travel is raising your self-awareness – and it’s one of the most beneficial parts of taking on an adventurous trip overseas. Adventure travel brings you closer to your “inner self”, giving you the chance to examine and challenge yourself in ways you didn’t think were possible. Stepping into the unknown and taking a risk demands our increased attention and can bring an intense state of self awareness – one of the reasons that people such as mountain climbers engage in adventure activities. These adventurers often return home with a more relaxed mind and increased self confidence – yet another reason to pack your bags and head for the Himalaya’s Annapurna region for a stunning trek with plenty of time for self reflection!
- The outdoors can make you smarter!
Immerse yourself in the outdoors and you can increase your higher order cognition in more ways than one! This study found that brain scans taken after exercise showed that the participants had greater and more focused activity in the prefrontal cortex than they did before. What’s more, active adventures help increase activity in your hippocampus, the brain’s main “storage unit”. Typically, the hippocampus decreases as you get older, leading to memory loss, however physical outdoor activity can lead to a chemical reaction in the body that increases the hippocampus. A group of middle aged adults took a forty minute walk three times a week, and over a year grew their hippocampi by 2%!
- Forge new friendships
- Learn new skills
- Travel can save the world!
There’s more to travel than just experiencing nature’s finest spaces! Embarking on a trip to some of the world’s most remote and untouched corners puts money into the local economy and helps preserve these pristine landscapes. As many of these undamaged destinations are in some of the world’s poorest countries, eco tourism helps these countries in their efforts to save and preserve their land, through organisations that ultimately aim to save the planet. Adventure travellers are needed throughout the world to support these initiatives with their tourism dollars. Also, travelling with eco-friendly and responsible travel companies can have positive changes on animal welfare, waste management, porter protection, communities in need and sustainable development –check out our Responsible Travel Guidebook for more information. Join on a Rebuild Nepal trip to make a lasting difference to earthquake affected remote communities, stay in our semi-permanent eco campsites as you make your way to Everest Base Camp.