The word mountaineering means an activity or a sport of mountain climbing. Mountaineering is a non-consumption physical activity that requires mental and physical endurance and stamina and shrewdness. Mountaineering means visiting high spots in mountainous regions lying beyond snowline purely for pleasure or pastime. Since these regions are subject to…
Standardized definitions of adventure tourism activities are a prerequisite to measure the market size and chalk out development and promotional strategies. However, missing standardization hampers collection of reliable and comparable statistics. For example, there is no standard definition of trekking, one of the most popular adventure activities in the world.…
Big daddy of tourism sector United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has not defined adventure tourism yet. However, global association of the traders Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) has defined the term. Definition by ATTA According to ATTA, adventure tourism is a trip that contains at least two…
Activotel is an activity-based hotel. For instance, Aquaterra (ATA) Adventures and Active Vacations & Lifestyle (ActiVa) Pvt. Ltd. launched an activotel Latitude 30 degree-N, Ganga. The activotel is located in Atali Dogi on Badrinath Roadnear Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The hotel facilitates climbing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and rafting. A climbing wall…
Weber, Karin. (2001). Outdoor Adventure Tourism: A Review of Research Approaches. Elsevier Science Ltd. This paper reviewed different research approaches used for studying outdoor adventure tourism. The author concluded that the existing research focused exclusively on opinions of practitioners and scholars. In fact, the research should take into account…
Dichotomous Nature of Adventure Tourist
Beauty and challenges of wilderness entice many of us but after a short period of stay in wilderness, we crave to return to civilization and long for modern comforts.
Beauty becomes boring?
Solitude becomes loneliness?
We just want a temporary victory over desolate inaccessible regions?
I think, we can neither change wilderness without dire consequences nor our bodies and minds can endure the extremes of nature forever, so we want to return.
However, after relaxing and resting for a while, we again dream of traveling to wilderness. In fact, it is an infectious cycle of shuttling between civilization and wilderness that creates the most powerful travel marketing campaigns.
Glamping contradicts essence of adventure
Challenging and gorgeous outdoors are a staple of the adventure travel and tourism sector that is changing with time. Professional adventure travel management companies have been successfully wooing the adventure lovers with different budgets. Of late, the companies observed their clients’ changing expectations reflected in their two contradictory desires: being a part of raw nature in day and retiring in luxury accommodation at night in the same environ. The receptive travel companies coined the concept of “glamping”, which means “glamorous camp” or an upscale luxury camp. These camps are also referred to as “mobile rooms.” Glamping reduces hardships of the modern travelers and increases profit margins for entrepreneurs.
Glamping unfolds new opportunities but curtails the essence of adventure and may have severe consequences, especially environmental problems. Glamping, originated inAmerica, will make camping easier. “Easiness” may be a stepping-stone to mass adventure tourism. Rich will buy adventure with money. However, travelers who prefer self-organized adventures cannot ignore compactness and minimalism, the two essential traditional keys to success of any true adventure in wilderness.