A Vacation… Or An Experience?
We’ve all done vacations where we went and passively observed a place. We looked at Stonehenge or gazed out onto the Pacific Ocean from a beach towel. We’ve walked through the Smithsonian and saw the art at the Met.
It’s fulfilling and gratifying to see those things, no doubt. But at some point, you want to participate in your vacation, not just attend it. The growth in adventure tourism is an indication that a lot of people feel the same way. They’re looking for ways to participate, to go out and do things they’ve never done before.
If you’re tired of checking into a hotel, checking out the sights, and checking out of the hotel, here are some ideas for high-action vacations that will send you home talking about what you did, not just what you saw. These are all thrill-seeking destinations, just on different paces.
We sometimes get the feeling that we can’t learn much on a vacation, but that’s not true. Ocean Experience Surf School can you get from swimmer to surfer within the span of a vacation, giving you a chance to get a whole new perspective on the waves, the beach, and even on yourself. It’s a fast-paced adventure, once you get your sea legs, and you’ll float on adrenaline the whole time.
The whole process is very carefully planned, monitored, and taught to make sure you stay on top of the waves instead of in them. The result is an amazing adventure that will give you the chance to do something you never thought you would be able to do, and memories of adventures, not just ventures.
Let’s keep it in the sand for a minute, but turn up the adventure a few notches by turning the speed down a few notches. Everybody you know has been to countless beaches and maybe has even island-hopped around an archipelago or two. But how many of them have dropped in there with essentially no provisions and the extreme motivation of an empty stomach to revive their inner hunter-gatherer?
A solo adventure on a lonely island, surviving by your wits, could be your vacation. It can give you an amazing perspective on life when you have to forge out everything you need with the sweat of your brow. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the things you’ll learn about yourself will be the kind of stuff you can’t discover in a world where your next meal is steps away, the rain and heat are kept away from you, and the only predators are safely blocked with a deadbolt.
We’ve all tied on a pair of solid footwear and forged boldly through a manicured state park trail, calling ourselves hikers upon our return two hours later. But the opportunity exists to hike, and we mean to really hike.
For those who really want a thrill on a slow but steady pace, the Appalachian Trail is ideal. Cutting through 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, this uber-hike can be undertaken in shorter legs or in a months-long single stretch. While there are civilized areas where provisions can be bought periodically, there are also many miles of interrupted natural areas, requiring good planning and a real desire to live a different experience.
There are more things to do these days than simply pack the usual stuff, go to the usual place, and do the usual things. There are adventures around every corner, and for a thrill-seeker, there’s something for every speed. You may come home with a sunburn, blisters, or jellyfish stings, but you’ll also have the experience of a lifetime.