Ahhhh adventure, the driving force behind our desire to experience the world in which we live. But at what point are you deemed ‘qualified’ to call yourself an adventure traveller?
What are the personality traits and lifestyle choices which inform us that you’ve crossed over into the realms of perpetual exploration?
Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature’s darlings.
– John Muir
Here at Wanderlusters HQ we’ve compiled a fail safe check list of tell tales signs you are an adventure traveller.
How many apply to you?
Tell tale signs that you’re an adventure traveller
✈ The prospect of embarking on a journey without any form itinerary leaves you unfazed. Why attempt to plan when life will lead you down the correct path? One likely filled with opportunity and exploration.
✈ Your credit card statement looks like Bear Grylls’ weekly shopping list.
✈ Your parents believe that you should invest in a house, put down roots and have children. You think you’d rather invest in some sailing equipment with which to travel the world on a yacht, or super lightweight, breathable, water proof, wind proof camping gear with a built in foot spa, and live as full time as an epic adventurer.
✈ You can fashion a suitable pillow from almost anything, and you know you could sleep through a tornado, on a boat, whilst being slapped with a wet fish.
✈ You’ve mastered the art of packing light, and all of your worldly possessions fit into a 55L backpack.
✈ Wilderness camping is to you what a weekend shopping in NYC is to the Kardashian clan.
✈ Long haul flights are a blessing not a terrible bore, they give you time to recuperate and catch up on some sleep.
✈ You’ve learnt how to say ‘I’m lost, where am I on this map?’ in at least ten languages.
✈ Home has become a convenient pit stop to re stock and re fuel for your next adventure.
✈ Your family and friends no longer try and deter you when you tell them of your next great quest, they merely nod and sigh. Don’t feel deflated; those muggles have no sense of adventure…
✈ The thought of an all-inclusive resort makes you want to jump off a cliff…wearing a parachute…or perhaps a jet pack.
✈ Tourist traps are to you what kryptonite is to Superman.
✈ You tell people that there is a skilful art to reusing dirty underwear, it’s all in the rotation pattern.
✈ Your feet are the most important part of your anatomy and are groomed more often than your hair. Blisters, painful corns and battered toe nails hamper your ability to explore, bad hair simply means you might not be invited out to dinner that evening.
✈ Your bucket list is full of dare devil activities, epic road trips and endurance challenges in far flung corners of the globe.
✈ You often throw caution to the wind and lick the remains of icebergs, sample local delicacies of unknown origin, and your own home brews of unimaginable alcohol content to keep you warm while sleeping under the stars.
✈ You’ve found yourself lost in the wilderness at dusk more times than Homer Simpson has said ‘Doh’.
✈ You view a hot shower and a flushing toilet as a luxury not a necessity.
✈ While travelling you’ve never sent a postcard, bought a souvenir or taken a ‘this is me with – insert name of location – style photograph…and then posted it to Facebook.
✈ You could pack your life into a bag in less than two minutes, and would be out of the door thirty seconds later if adventure came calling.
✈ You’ve eaten more species of animal than you can count…some of them raw.
✈ And last but not least…ADVENTURE is your middle name.
So what do you think, are you a true adventure traveller?
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Can you call yourself an adventure traveller or do you have a few of your own requirements that we’ve missed out?