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What makes an adventure an adventure?

July 25, 2013

What’s an adventure? Is it something that needs to involve an exotic place or a dangerous activity?

It came to mind when Nigel Clifford, a traveler and the founder of Adventure Underwear, asked me to test their product on my next adventure.

I went through my travel plans to see if I have something on those lines planned. With neither Inca trails to climb nor neither oceans to explore, I had little options.

Finaly, I decided to test it at Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival.  While it may not fit the classic definition of an adventure, being in a crowd of 85,000 all jamming, jumping and singing, it sure felt like one.

And so begs the question, what really counts as an adventure?

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I believe that an adventure is something that shouldn’t be limited by a place or an event. Being in the Himalayas can be an adventure, but so is walking on a neighbourhood in your city that you haven’t been to. For me, it’s about finding excitement into being in different places or doing different things.


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I believe that a great adventure is not only about the places or activities you do but the people you do it with. On my travels, there are places that in terms of sights have not a lot to offer. But because of the people I was with, these places were often the most memorable. I believe that when you are with the right people, you can easily create moments that last forever.


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I think an adventure should be something that will make you appreciate spending your time doing it.  It’s an activity that should push your boundaries and challenge fears. It’s an activity that should bring you learning and valuable experiences.


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Our life is one big adventure. Each day, regardless how exciting or mundane it went, should be treated as an adventure. Our everyday moments shape who we are – our perception, values and attitudes. I believe that each moment, no matter how simple it is, should always be treated and regarded as an adventure.


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In the end, it’s about living the life that you want to live. It’s about striving for your dreams and making sure that it happens.  I believe that if you aim for reaching your dreams – may it be climbing Mount Everest or learning a language – the journey to get to your dream IS an adventure in itself.

So instead of asking what is an adventure, your question should be what WILL BE your next adventure?

I got inspired to write this post thanks to Nigel and his innovative product – Adventure Underwear. They are currently raising funds on their kickstarter project.

It’s a simple concept – your normal boxers with a couple of pockets big enough to hold money, credit cards and even your smart phones. It’s waterproof and made from one of the finest wool. It’s comfort and usefulness in a small package.

It’s definitely one of the innovations that us travelers will never take for granted again.  It has a potential to be a classic travel gear with its simplicity and ingenuity.

I’ve been given a sample and been asked to review the product.  All opinions in this post, however, are all my own. 

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  • Reply Wayne Wilson January 24, 2014 at 05:42

    “Great adventure is not only about the places or activities you do but the people you do it with” – I totally agree with you on this one, even if you are just going to a local festival it will a great adventure if you are sharing it with friends. Memories you have shared with them would be priceless.

  • Reply Jeremy August 2, 2013 at 20:12

    I couldn’t possibly agree more, adventures are found everywhere I just worked for a year in Spain teaching English and when I wasn’t teaching, I was out and about doing and seeing everything (including pastels de belem above). Decided to make my passion my work and started writing and helping out at Adventure Honey to allow every day travelers to find off-the-beaten-path adventures sure to blow their minds in Southeast Asia. check it out on twitter (@adventurehoney) or facebook if you’re interested.

    • Reply Jerick August 4, 2013 at 20:36

      thanks Jeremy for sharing! That’s a great adventure and mindset to keep! good luck!

  • Reply Luke August 2, 2013 at 10:14

    To me Adventure is a state of mind, you can make anything you like an adventure irrespective of where you are in the world. But doing something crazy when you’re in a new exotic place turns it up to 11 😉

    • Reply Jerick August 2, 2013 at 10:23

      definitely agree mate!

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