While I agree with that whole heartedly, it does have to be balanced with the knowledge that each one of us has a slightly different idea about what constitutes "adventure." And in this day and age of "adventure travel" there are even different levels of adventure: soft adventure, hard adventure.
As a travel writer, I often have to categorize what I write for potential editors or tourism boards who may want to help me promote their destination/product. Sometimes I am just given the option of "adventure" as a category; other times, I have to select "soft adventure" and/or "hard adventure."
So just what is the difference?
It often depends on the individual.
|Jungle camping: soft or hard adventure?|
On the Fodor's site it was described thus: "Soft adventure means different things to different people. We define it as any activity that balances mild physical activity with a lot of down time."
As for "hard adventure" ...
The Association of Travel Marketing Executives define it as "including such things as backpacking across rugged terrain, whitewater rafting or kayaking, hot air ballooning, rock climbing or mountain climbing, off-road biking or mountain biking, hang-gliding, para sailing or windsurfing, parachuting or sky diving, skateboarding or snowboarding, roller hockey, bungee jumping, spelunking or cave exploring, snorkeling or scuba diving and survival games (e.g. paint ball)."
Wow. I didn't realize I was so adventurous. I've done seven of those activities, and never really thought about them as being "hard adventure." I mean, I'm not Indiana Jones; hell, I'm not even the dog. ("You're named after the dog???")
|While canoeing per se, was not on the "hard adventure" list,|
if you're this close to wild gators, it might not be "soft."
"Whoa!" he practically shouted. "That's not soft adventure!"
But that depends on what your background is.
From my perspective, it's "soft" because while we were in a remote area, camping in tents along a jungle river each night, we had guides; we did no cooking or meal planning, all our meals were prepared; we did no navigating. We just paddled and hiked through the jungle.
|Whitewater rafting: on the "hard" list. I guess it is - |
I certainly had a scare falling into a Class V rapid on this trip.
So I guess this is as much about perspective as it is adventure. One man's hardcore is another man's soft adventure.
Or as Friedrich Nietzsche put it, "You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way and the only way, it does not exist."
So don't think about it or try to categorize it: just go have an adventure.