Myth 1: You need to be Lance Armstrong on testosterone to enjoy adventure travel.
Fact: Adventure travel offers all sorts of activities to fit a wide range of fitness levels. Normally, there are four levels to choose from: easy, moderate, challenging and strenuous (be sure and ask what level is right for you before you book). If you’re really fit, don’t worry that you might get stuck with someone who can’t keep up. A good adventure travel company makes sure that groups travelling together will have similar fitness levels. It’s no fun for anyone if there is too large a gap in the abilities of the group.
Myth 2: You have to travel with a bunch of people you don’t know.
Fact: Great adventure travel companies will customize a trip for you, usually at no additional cost. If you want to travel with just your family, that’s easily arranged. If the group dates don’t work for your schedule, a new date can be created to meet your needs. Some people like to travel in a group and meet new people, others don’t. Adventure travel allows you to do what will make this a great experience for you—whatever you would like to do.
Myth 3: It’s expensive and if you are single, it costs even more.
Fact: Adventure travel provides incredible value. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying it’s “cheap,” but for the person that wants to go above and beyond the typical tourist experience, dollar for dollar, adventure travel provides a much richer, interactive trip. And if you are travelling solo, good adventure travel companies will work with you to provide options so that you don’t get stuck with the cost of a single supplement (and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people). Adventure travel lets you connect with the world and the people you meet in a very special way. The cultural interaction creates unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that no amount of money can buy.
Myth 4: You have to be an expert cyclist, hiker, or mountain climber.
Fact: Most adventure travel trips are multi-sport and offer travellers the opportunity to experience sport adventures they might not have done for a while or at all. You don’t need to have strong skills in a certain sport to participate and enjoy the journey. You just need a sense of adventure.
Myth 5: Adventure travel is all about the physical activity.
Fact: That depends on what you want to do on your trip. For extreme sport types, it can be hardcore physical exertion—if that’s what you want. However, the majority of adventure travel focuses on a blend of activity and cultural interaction that creates unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The adventure isn’t just found through the physical activities like hiking, biking or kayaking, it’s also found through connecting with other people, half a world away from your day-to-day life.
Myth 6: You can create your own adventure travel experience for a lot less.
Fact: People are busy these days. Adventure travel specialists like Bikehike.com are focused on identifying and offering their clients incredible experiences. The traveller only has to show up, not spend hours and hours either online or, even worse, when you arrive at your destination, finding the best places to go, the best tours to take or trying to figure out how to get from A to B. Adventure travel companies also can tailor custom adventure tours to fit exactly what you’re looking for (ie. destination, outdoor activities, dates, accommodation style, and difficulty level).
Myth 7: Adventure travel takes you into dangerous places.
Fact: Reputable travel companies focus on the safety and security of their clients and staff. They work closely with locals in every destination and are kept up-to-date should the safety of the area become an issue. It’s true that adventure travel takes you to out of the way, unique places, but with a good company, your experience is about adventure, culture, and once-in-a-lifetime moments—not danger.