Are Travel Adventurers Unique?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Pemaquid Point, Maine in the mist.

 

It’s quite likely that there are as many different types of adventures as there are adventurers. So are travel adventurers unique? Maybe, but all adventures have a few things in common.

They’re noteworthy. You get all hyped up when you’re talking about it. So much so that people can even feel your sense of wonder. The sheer anticipation of the event propels you onward and the memory comes with a feeling of accomplishment.

Adventures provide challenges and thus produce a feeling of growth in the adventurer. You’re often on a learning curve and that’s good for the brain.

People perceive that there is an element of risk. In some cases, like climbing a mountain, the risks could be very real. In other cases, they are merely a nagging anxiety of the unknown, but this little bit of discomfort is often enough to keep most people from experiencing an adventure.

Me on the winding paths of Ravello, Italy.

Travel adventurers may fit into a special category, however. I’ve given this a lot of thought because for the last thirteen years I’ve been a female nomad, sometimes going solo and sometimes with my husband but always longing for more. Some might say that I’m addicted to the rush of seeing new places, encountering new challenges, immersing myself in different lifestyles. Travel adventurers tend to have a thirst for variety. Sameness just isn’t our cup of tea. Routine tends to bore us. We lay awake at night in our big warm beds and imagine finding a way to explore the farthest corners of the earth. It has been said that most people live the same day over and over again. Not a travel adventurer. Although we realize that a structured, predictable life provides comfort and a sense of security, we long to kick off the shackles of self restraint and allow curiosity to lead the way.

On the streets of Santiago De Compostela, Spain.

Being a female adventurer is perhaps a bit more unusual.

Society has told women for centuries that it’s our job to keep the home fires burning. And, where our offspring are concerned, it’s no surprise that most women have attempted to fulfill this societal norm. Yet, today, we are empty nesters quite early in life with decades of free time stretching out before us and if the predictions are true, science is right on the verge of extending life expectancy once again. So, although most people may still think of a woman in the context of a mom or a grandma, the fact is, if you were born to be an adventurer, you can open the door to your nest and fly to the far corners of the earth if you desire. Not to mention that there are lots of women these days that choose not to follow the traditional role of motherhood. They lead entire lives of personal autonomy that lends itself to freedom of adventure. How exciting!

Laundry day in Porto, Portugal

Will there be discomfort?

Yes, new languages, cultures, transportation details, changing weather and monetary constraints are only a few of the things that can challenge the travel adventurer. Today, our worlds can be safe and small or big and risky. In a very real sense, every person creates either a small world where they reside or a big world where they roam. The outcome may be determined in part by our own self-made mental boundaries. Neither is right or wrong, but once you acknowledge that you were born and bred an adventure, there’s no denying it. The drive to push the borders of where you’ve been will nag at you until you get to experience another adventure.

I’m glad to have been born a travel adventurer.

I inherited the wanderlust gene from my dad. I thank him for that. I will continue to explore and return to my friends and family bearing tales of excitement and wonder. In between adventures, I will dream about what comes next and plan for my eventual departure. I will hang out with other adventurers while we inspire each other. I will ignore the anxiety and fear that usually keeps people from stepping away from their warm and comfortable nests. I will persist in facing the unknown with great expectations.

Here’s to more adventures and happy trails …

 

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