Adventure Travel to Mass Adventure Tourism: Has Everything Already Been Explored?

When I read “Here Today Gone Tomorrow (Get the T-Shirt)”, an article by Christian Amodeo in November 2009 issue of Geographical, a question flashed through my mind.

What is left for people who wish to follow in Vasco da Gama, Magallan, Roald Amundsen, George Everest and other explorers’ footsteps if today the common man can easily access the inhospitable, remote, lesser-known and / or new lands and water bodies?

The article throws light on factors responsible for increase in polar tourism. Technological developments reflecting in the state-of-the-art cruises, helicopters and light aircrafts enabled rich young and old to enjoy expensive polar holidays. Some people are even visiting the poles as in near future global warming may prevent them from experiencing and appreciating polar bears, natural phenomena and other attractions which are characteristic to these regions.

I think nature is, by its nature, dynamic. Change is a norm if petrological and paleontological specimens preserved in various museums and institutes located across the world are reliable.

Ancestors of Homo Sapiens might have seen dinosaurs but you and me have only heard stories about them. Similarly, our next generations may only read about polar bears in the books. However, these comparisons are not made to encourage careless, ruthless, selfish and insane attitude while interacting with nature and its lovely creations.

Coming back to my question: has everything already been explored?

Adventure has many dimensions. Adventure-hungry people still have lots to explore. Mass adventure package tours to inhospitable and unfrequented regions require several reconnaissances to identify the most suitable points that are safe and comparatively easily accessible for the neo adventure tourists who may not dare to venture beyond these points.

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