Updated on February 9, 2020

What kind of person comes to mind when you think of an “adventure traveler”? If you envision a young, fit, risk taking, outdoorsy person, then keep reading.

While this profile is one type of adventure traveler, it’s not everyone. Think I’m wrong? Give me 10 minutes of your time to bust the top 5 myths about adventure travel.

What adventure is to one person, may not be to another. So before we get started, let’s define what adventure travel is. For the purpose of this post lets say it’s a combination of two or more of the following: Physical activity, interaction with environment, state of mind, getting out of your comfort zone and cultural exchange.



THE TRUTH: This is a poor excuse that is far overused. Adventure knows no age. It’s never too late to try something new and get out of your comfort zone. Adventure travel is about connecting like minded people. I’d much rather swap stories over a campfire with a 60 year old hiking enthusiast than go to a raging party with a bunch of 20 something backpackers any day. 

THE PROOF: Meet Mariana. While 52 is hardly old, it’s an age that most people believe that they’ve past their time to go on adventures. We met Mariana while staying at the Nest hostel in Colombia where she was learning to Paraglide. She had just come from the coast where she learned how to scuba dive. That’s one adventurous grandma! Yes, grandma. I couldn’t believe it either.


Top 5 Myths About Adventure Travel Busted




THE TRUTH: Sure summiting Mount Everest is an expensive feat but not all adventures are expensive. Adventure is everywhere. You don’t need expensive gear or to go to far flung places to find a worth while pursuit.

THE PROOF: Many of the adventures Antonio and I have done cost very little money. We spent 4 days hiking the remote beaches of Mexico’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve for less than $10 per person. This cost was only for food, that’s $2.50 a day, less than a coffee at Starbucks.


Hiking on the Beach to Punta Allen, Mexico.




THE TRUTH: Fitness can make a long hike or paddle easier but it’s not a barrier. Adventure is about overcoming more mental challenges than physical ones. Guided tours normally have four intensity levels to choose from: easy, moderate, challenging and strenuous. 

THE PROOF: Meet Jochas (pronounced Ho-cha-s). He is 140kg and competitive triathlete. Along with swimming, cycling and running Jochas also enjoys other outdoor pursuits like hiking. It’s clear he is one big dude but he doesn’t let his size slow him down.


Top 5 Myths About Adventure Travel Busted




THE TRUTH: Adventure, by definition, involves risk. However, when you calculate and prepare for it, the chance is greatly reduced. As I mentioned from the beginning, adventure is different for everyone. Push your limits a bit but within reason. Little steps make you feel comfortable taking risks.

THE PROOF: We’ve spent 2 years cycling through Latin America, scuba dived with sharks and camped on active volcano in Nicaragua without one close call. Before we head out we spend sometime researching and talking to locals about the conditions to help prepare for potential risks. 


Top 5 Adventure Travel Myths Busted




THE TRUTH: Just because you don’t have experience in the outdoors doesn’t mean that you can’t learn. From rock climbing schools to surfing camps there are lots of options if you want to learn new sport.

THE PROOF #1:  Let’s use scuba diving as an example. It only takes 4 days to become a certified diver which you can do while on vacation in many places around the world. If you just want a taste of the sport but not sure if you are ready to invest the time and money learning it, there’s options too. You could do a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) course which takes about 2 hours, involves learning 3 simple skills and is a great introduction to the world of diving. 

THE PROOF #2: Guided tours are also a great way to experience a new sport without any technical knowledge. In the picture below I’m absailing 100 meters into a cave with my mate Emily. We had absolutely no caving or rappelling experience. We just showed up, put on those fashionable blue jumpsuits, boots and helmets then followed the directions from our guide.


21 Responses

  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Amanda,

    Well said!

    My wife saw a 70 year old grandma ziplining through the cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. The woman loved it. You can dive in and enjoy adventure travel without being young, an athlete or, without dropping a huge wad of cash. The closest I’ve been to adventure travel is sitting with three, 400 pound tigers in Thailand in their cages. Thrill-seeking, yeah, I’d say so lol….


  2. Rhonda Albom

    I am not as adventurous I once was, but I certainly don’t think I am too old. Great myths busting here.

  3. David Stock

    Number 1 is 100% True, there’s been times in my before traveling life i would have said I’m to old for boogie boarding. Well that’s not the case age is just a number and your never to old to have fun!

  4. Angel

    Great post! I couldn’t agree more with all five Myths. It’s actually interesting when I hear people saying that adventure travel is expensive. I think it’s more affordable than any other kind of travel.

    • Amanda Zeisset

      So true Angel about adventure travel being inexpensive. Even if you go on a tour, typically all meals and accommodation are included which ends up being less expensive than paying for hotels and meals out.

  5. Wayne Seto

    Great post. Admittedly, I’ve fallen prey to each of those myths at one point or another. I’m currently on a career break and travelling abroad for the year. I’m trying to push myself a outside of my comfort zone and all five of your points address that. Thanks again for the post. Cheers!

    • Amanda Zeisset

      That’s great to hear Wayne. Remember, little steps with a bit of a push here and there work best. Enjoy your trip!

  6. Gabby | The Globe Wanderers

    Fantastic post guys. As a girl who likes her chocolate a little too much and doesn’t really have an athletic bone in my body it’s refreshing to see you debunk that myth. Adventure is for everyone. Love it.


  7. Gertrude McPhee

    I love your Intel gathering refrence, such an inegligent way to map out your next step. I on the other hand speak only imaginary spanish, and perhaps you’ll dispel my myth that English will get me by, or will not. I’d love the opportunity to learn however.


  8. John

    Great post. I think these tips are very usefull because i know tons of people who don’t travel because they believe these myths are true.

    • Amanda Zeisset

      Thanks John. We had heard so many excuses from people why they couldn’t be adventurous that we decided to do our best to prove them wrong! Do you know of any other myths about adventure travel?

  9. John Elliss

    If you love to do adventures thing and you want some thing new than here is the right place come for cycling holidays in spain where you have choice for tracks with affordable packages.

    • Amanda Zeisset

      Great to hear Catherine! Which fears where holding you back the most? Also, are do you have any others to add to the list?

  10. Vitor M. C. Soares

    Nice indeed.
    The filling of beeing on the move …..

  11. Piritta

    Good points made! I remember i.e. when we met some women clearly in their 70s (or more) climbing to Huaynapicchu in Peru and they didn’t do any slower than us! All you need is the will for adventure and determination.