When was the last time you tried a new skill? Discovered something new about the world? Explored an unfamiliar place? If you’re anything like most adults who have to work a full-time job, the answer is probably…a while. Most working folk use their free time to relax or do something they already know they like. But sometimes, what’s really better for you is to shake things up and try something new and exciting—like adventure travel!
Adventure travel involves putting yourself in new and challenging situations, usually in an unfamiliar location doing something in the great outdoors. Although it may sound intimidating, there are a lot of rewarding benefits to adventure travel that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
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1) Improve your physical health.
When you adventure travel, you’re getting a TON of fresh air and exercise. These high activity levels help you keep your body in good shape, building strength and endurance that will last. Along with the benefits of fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun, exposing yourself to dirt and new environments in general will boost your immune system. Adventure traveling can help manage and/or prevent symptoms of respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and other similar conditions.
2) Learn new skills.
Putting yourself in a new situation and doing a new activity forces you to learn new skills via firsthand experience. Adventure travel gives you a lot of opportunities to try new things you don’t otherwise get exposed to in your day-to-day life. It’s your chance to learn something fun, like how to surf a wave or take down a bull moose. Or something useful, like how to start a fire in the wild or read a compass.
3) Gain new perspectives.
In addition to learning new skills, adventure travel can teach you a lot about new places, different cultures, and history. When you expand your view of the world in this way, it encourages you to look at things as you’ve never seen them before. You’ll view yourself, the world, and what’s important in a new light when you distance yourself from what you know as normal.
4) Cope better with uncertainties.
When you go somewhere unfamiliar and do activities you never have before, you’re bound to experience unpredictable circumstances and come across unforeseen obstacles. It might be a sudden storm that hits while you’re mountain climbing or getting lost on your way back from a hike to your campsite. Facing these types of challenges teaches you how to keep calm in new and stressful situations. It also helps you practice coming up with creative solutions for a sudden problem—a skill you can apply in many other areas of your regular life.
5) Heighten your brainpower.
Being active and out in nature benefits not only your physical health, but your mental and cognitive health as well. Adventure travel promotes increased brain activity by improving focus, problem-solving abilities, and creativity. It also helps reduce stress, giving you and your brain a break from work and the many screens we stare at for hours upon hours every day.
6) Build confidence in yourself.
There’s a powerful sense of accomplishment that comes with living outside of your comfort zone, even if it’s just for a short time. Adventure travel is all about challenging yourself and pushing new boundaries. In that process, you come to learn just how competent, capable, and fearless you truly are. That strength may come from going it alone, with only yourself to rely on, the support of friends working with you, or new friendships forged with fellow travelers sharing in your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For the perfect home base for your next outdoor adventure, look no further than Lawrence Bay Lodge!
We’re located on the beautiful Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s best spots for some of the greatest Northern Pike fishing and an area that also offers abundant hunting opportunities. We offer top-of-the-line equipment, comfortable accommodations, home-cooked meals and knowledgeable guides who will help you have the experience of a lifetime.
What are you waiting for? Give us a call at 701-262-4560 to book your next adventure!