Travel Adventures Don’t Have to Be Risky

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I get a little dismayed when I see travel site after travel site where the people are going on wilderness treks, venturing into developing countries, or backpacking across mountain ranges.

I’m so not that person.

My husband would tell you that I face enough hazards in the back yard. He usually makes such a comment when he finds me covered in dirt, every gardening utensil we own scattered about and a green garbage bag bursting with debris.

That’s why I think any trip can be an adventure if you want.

Merriam-Webster defines adventure as, “an exciting or dangerous experience. Or a remarkable experience.” I’m voting on exciting and remarkable over dangerous every time.

Telephoto is as close as I'm getting to buffalo
Telephoto is as close as I’m getting to buffalo – Yellowstone National Park

I’m not into danger at home (at least according to me), why would I seek it out on a vacation that’s supposed to be relaxing? Makes no sense to me but more power to you if that’s your thrill.

I don’t need to go hiking in a war-torn country or a place where human life isn’t highly valued in order to feel like I’m having an escapade. If I were that brave, I’d have joined the military.

Even online articles about the Pembrokeshire Coast Path will often launch (pun intended) with the offering of Coast Steering. No part of me wants to scramble up rugged boulders, jump off the side of a cliff and plunge into the water for a swim. Nope.

Do I want to walk alongside cliffs and gaze in wonder at rock formations, pounding or soothing water moving in and out from shore? You betcha’.

Welsh Rock Climbing, Pembrokeshire
Welsh Rock Climbing (my version), Pembrokeshire

Mostly, I’m addicted to historical places with castles, gothic churches, and hiking areas. So far my journeys are to European destinations or throughout the USA. I’ve been to Mexico (Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta), the Bahamas and Saint Maarten.

These places aren’t dangerous unless you venture off the beaten path (Mexican jungles, Hawaiian lava fields, for instance) or into the bad city areas (anywhere) as long as you keep your wits about you and pay attention to people. We pay attention. Hence, our traveling is not typically dangerous.

Adventures of this Broad Abroad have included hiking in Wales, Italy, Germany, Hawaii, and lots of other states. I’ve explored museums in those places and in France, Belgium, Spain, and England. All these locations held thrills for this country girl, who considers it a great gift to travel. Other than having to keep a look out for pickpockets, my trips haven’t been treacherous. And I’m okay with that.

There are pleasures to be found and remarkable experiences to be had each time you step away from the normal of your everyday life.

Walking new paths, wherever they may be, opens you up to new emotions, new memories and forever leaves impressions upon your heart and soul.

How do you define an adventure?

Glacier Lake Hike, Red Lodge, Montana
Glacier Lake Hike, Red Lodge, Montana
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25 Responses

  1. Dhaval Parmar
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    I am the exact same way. I try to avoid danger way.
    I also like to hike, even then,On a hike, on slip and you can be experiencing danger.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. William Rusho
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    I am the exact same way. I try to avoid danger, not pay money to have it.
    I also like to hike, here its the Adirondack Mountains, even then, I make sure I carry survival gear with me. On a hike, on slip and you can be experiencing danger.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  3. Donna Janke
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    I’m with you. For me, adventure is about exploring new places, learning about new things and people, and finding beauty. I am not a thrill seeker and don’t need to somehow prove myself by seeking out ever more dangerous experiences. That being said, I think travel experiences can be richer when you risk stepping a little out of your comfort zone to experience new cultures and dare to meet new people.
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    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      Totally agree with stepping outside of our comfort zones, Donna. I have a low threshold for boredom and the same-old, same-old will do me in quicker than almost anything else.

      I like…”finding beauty.”

  4. Sushmita
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    For me adventure is anything that excites me, I am not interested in any crazy mad adventures every time I would like to try out some adventure sports though for once to experience the feel.

    Traveling and exploring is an adventure which I am always up for 🙂
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    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      Sushmita, I think we can find excitement in anything when we travel. Good luck with adventure sports–you do that and I will experience it vicariously through you!

  5. Cheryl Therrien
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    I’m with you. I like to travel, but I don’t like the kind of ‘adventure’ that includes danger or risk of danger. Give me adventure of the tame kind. Let’s go sight seeing via walking or boat or something of that nature. No rock climbing for me. No running from wild animals. Well… you get the point.
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    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      Ha, I do get the point, Cheryl! We can watch the crazy folks run from the wild animals from the safety of a porch, drinking wine.

  6. Marquita Herald
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    I agree with you Rose Mary. I mean I’ve crossed the line a time or two, but for the most part I keep my adventures pretty reasonable. I remember once when I was in Korea with a dozen other sales managers from Hawaii I talked my friend into going to a huge local outdoor market. There we were a red head and a blond walking in a sea of black-haired short people staring up at us like we were aliens. A couple even walked up and in a sort of local sign language asked if they could touch our hair!

    The funniest thing though was as we were looking for a taxi to take us back to the hotel a school bus came by and actually slowed down so the kids could look at us. They were waving out the window like we were celebrities – it was so much fun! Some people may have considered that a bit over the line, but I have a feeling if you’d been on that trip you’d have gone with me without a second thought. 🙂

    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      You betcha’, Marquita! I’d have been right there with you and delighted if they had gotten a kick out of my red hair and freckles! I love your stories. Added: so, yeah, duh, did this redhead cruise right over your redhead statement? Must keep drinking coffee.

      In my twenties, I probably crossed the travel line a time or two, but luckily, I got wise pretty darned fast. Whew for some wisdom in my youth.
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  7. Ramona McKean
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    For me an adventure is something I take on that is out of the ordinary, something that “heightens” my senses in some way or other. It need not be travel. The word has a positive ring and when I face uncomfortable challenges, I will sometimes refer to them as “adventures” to help shift my mind out of gloom or fear! I’m not into danger either.

    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      It’s exciting to read everyone’s unique take on adventure, Ramona, and learn that I’m not alone in thinking it does not have to be tied to danger.

      “Heightens my senses,” is a wonderful phrase.
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  8. Jeri
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    I enjoy all kinds of adventures, both big and small. I can be content with an amble through the forest, but I’m also prone to wanting to hike up tall mountains. I’ve never got into technical climbing though, but never say never. On the first backcountry trip I took my boyfriend on, I choose one that climbed over 3,400 feet in elevation. It was on the moderately difficult side, but he kept up no problem even though he’d never done that demanding of a hike before.
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    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      Oh boy, Jeri, if I ever go hiking with you and want to survive, I’d better choose our route! HA! You could hike well with my brother-in-law. He treks over mountainsides the way other people walk through malls.
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  9. Doreen Pendgracs
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    Hi Rose: I love travel because it is full of adventures! But then, I go looking for adventure. I have friends who go to a resort in a hot locale and stay at the resort the whole time! I could absolutely NEVER do that. To me, the adventure of travel, means getting out and exploring the unknown. Staying within the confines of a resort and just eating the safe, prepared meals is something I could do without.
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  10. lenie
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    Rose Mary, here in Canada every year there are snowmobilers who go into restricted area and cause a avalanche. They go in for the thrill and often endanger their own lives but also at great expense endanger the lives of others who are sent to rescue them. That isn’t adventure – that is irresponsibility. This is just one example. There are many others.

    I like the way you ‘adventure’ – looking for the beauty in nature and chatting up the locals. Only way to go.
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    • Rose Mary Griffith
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      Lenie, that’s terrible! I don’t understand that sort of irresponsible behavior. When I lived in Montana, more than once folks had to be rescued from hiking in places that they were not qualified to be hiking in. I err on the side of caution when hiking.
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  11. Phoenicia
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    Adventure to me is doing something a little different to your everyday- sight seeing abroad, spending the day at a theme park, taking a walk through a forest (during the day of course!)

    Just being in a new environment is exciting for me. I like waking up in a new town/village/country.

  12. Ken Dowell
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    Hiking in a place where “human life isn’t highly valued” is not only dangerous, it is ethically questionable. It’s like you’re seekng a thrill based on others misfortune.

  13. Susan cooper
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    I’m with you Rose. Even when was younger, I never felt that need for excitement through dangerous excursions. I am so content to see scenery that leaves me awestruck or visit some historic place. 🙂
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