Here comes the summer of travel and adventure. How is yours – if you dare

If the adventure is mediocre – with apologies to Indiana Jones – it’s the summer of 2022. Neither Covid-19, nor inflation, nor war in Europe will stop Americans from making this bucket-list adventure trip.

I know because I’ve met adventurous travelers. While in Dubai a few months ago, I had breakfast with an American couple from Washington state. They told me the risk of covid infection wouldn’t keep them at home. No, that was they travel time. In Cape Town, I met Americans who defied their government’s warnings to experience an amazing South African summer and go on safari.

And in Turkey, I met many Americans who simply did not care about State Department directives or the way the political winds were blowing. They just had to go to Cappadocia or go shopping in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Got that Indiana Jones vibe yet? Well, the surveys – and there are plenty of them – say you’re right.

Nearly half of Americans (45%) say they will travel more this year than last, according to a ValuePenguin survey. Dig into the data, fellow archaeologists, and you’ll notice that many travelers have planned once-in-a-lifetime trips. Nearly a quarter of Gen Zers and Millennials with travel plans take a “wishlist” vacation, and a third of travelers with incomes over $100,000 are planning an international trip.

But if you are looking for an adventurous trip, how do you choose the right one? Where do you go and how do you implement your plan without getting into trouble? Glad you asked.

Choose your own adventurous journey

If you are among the millions of Americans looking for a travel adventure this summer, you have plenty to choose from. Here are some ways to narrow it down.

Local or international?

Most people assume that you can only take an adventure by leaving the United States. this is not true. But you can go off the grid in a big way in the US, too. Try hiking the northern rim of the Grand Canyon or head to Angels Landing in Zion National Park, widely considered the scariest hike in America. But if you need to get out of the country, there are plenty of places to consider. You might consider a travel advisor or travel coach to help you narrow the list.

What is your budget?

If you haven’t gone anywhere in the past two years, then you have a generous vacation budget and can probably go just about anywhere. But if you’ve taken a quick vacation here and there during the pandemic, a luxury African safari might be out of your price range. There are ways to reduce your costs. For example, you can book a few nights at Aquila Private Game Reserve, which is only a two-hour drive north of Cape Town, at much more affordable rates.

How much risk are you willing to take on your adventurous journey?

With adventure comes risks of course. How much can you handle? Kulveer Taggar, CEO of rental company Zeus Living, kept a watchful eye on the risks. “With each new variant of Covid, it seems that people are becoming less reactive,” he says. “They weigh personal risks and make the best decision for themselves and their families.” So, if you’re looking for advice on how much risk you should take on your adventurous vacation, you’re out of luck. It is, says Merchant, a personal decision. If you need peace of mind, then you should consider a reliable travel insurance policy.

Choose your destination

You know this routine where the adventurer spins the globe and then places his finger on a random spot? You can do this online if you are feeling very adventurous. I like this random location picker, but I often end up in the middle of the ocean. For a more coordinated experience, you can also try Earth Roulette. Not only will you end up in the middle of nowhere, but they will also try to sell you a vacation.

Destinations that specialize in adventure travel are poised to crush summer travelers from the United States.

“July and August will be busy,” predicts Funda Eratici, Hilton’s regional director of sales for Turkey. “We expect a lot of travelers from North America and the British.”

Iracy says the Bodrum region of Turkey is a magnet for adventure seekers. They come for boat rides, see ancient places like Bodrum Castle, and buy Turkish rugs in the nearby village of Etrim. Hilton recently opened a new LXR Hotels & Resorts brand, Susona Bodrum, which has become a favorite destination for affluent guests from Europe and North America.

Just a short flight away, you will find perhaps one of the most prominent travel and adventure destinations in Turkey, Cappadocia. Here, among the volcanic rock formations, you’ll find ancient churches, underground cities, and some of the best hot air ballooning anywhere. There, too, hotels and tour operators are looking for a busy summer.

“People want to fly with balloons and see the churches,” says Deniz Karkin, general manager of Argos in Cappadocia, a luxury hotel carved into the mountainside. Over the past two years, he says, American visitors have made concessions by vacationing close to home and playing it safe. But not this summer. Bookings for this year are solid.

Insiders in the Turkish tourism industry mentioned one tip that might make the adventure a little lighter on the wallet: Wait until early September to visit. The Turks call it “yellow summer” because the trees turn yellow, but the weather remains warm. All tourists leave – except the smart ones. They enjoy the nice weather and don’t have to worry about crowds.

Now go and have an adventure

Experts say that wherever you decide to go, make sure there is something to discover. Europe ranks high on that list because many artifacts are still being discovered.

Murat Ozcuk, Managing Partner of Turkish Travel Atelier: “You dig somewhere in search of the metro, and you discover the remains of an ancient civilization.” “My advice is to go to a place like this.”

Places like this are found everywhere on the planet. You can find ancient obelisks at the Cromlech of the Almendres in Alentejo, Portugal, or Gobekli Tepe, believed to be the oldest temple in the world, in Urfa, Turkey.

But how do you put it all together? Here are some tips:

1. Appointment of an expert. Talk to a travel advisor or coach or contact a knowledgeable tour operator who can help you navigate your adventure from booking your plane tickets to planning your itinerary. Planning an adventurous trip probably isn’t something you want to experience for yourself.

2. Protect yourself. Make sure you have enough travel insurance, but also consider a medical evacuation program like Medjet, which will ensure you can go home if you cut yourself while rock climbing, this is especially important if your adventurous trip takes you to a third world country , where medical services are limited.

3. Be careful. Traveling is risky in nature, but an adventurous journey can be even more risky. For example, if you are traveling to the Greek islands to go diving with shipwrecks, make sure you have completed your PADI Wreck Diving course and are in good physical shape. Adventure activities can be fun, but with that fun comes some risks.

Taking a wish-list adventurous trip doesn’t have to be difficult or dangerous. It just takes a little planning and expert advice. No matter where you go this summer, you can be sure of one thing: it will be an adventure.

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