Adventure travel is a specific type of tourism or special interest can be any tourist activity that includes two of the following three components:
- Physical Activity
- Cultural exchange or interaction
- Contact with nature
As it grows, adventure travel has the potential to positively transform people, environments and economies.
As more destinations and businesses seek to enter this kind of travel industry, there is a need for a set of principles that can serve as guidelines for responsible development.
The development of extreme sports is connected with the development of adventure travel. These are non-traditional sports or activities that require a participant to combine different skills with an existing risk.
Most extreme sports are not truly competitive sports. The main challenges are not the opponent or the opposing team, but the existence of difficulty and risk in the activity.
Leisure time, tourist and recreational needs become significant components in everyday life. People are searching for emotional stimulus, searching for ambiance, aesthetics, and atmosphere.
Adventure travel is becoming increasingly popular in the world, has a positive impact on people, environment and economic growth. More and more tourist destinations want to develop just this kind of tourism and therefore there is a need to set principles that can serve as guidelines for sustainable development.
Destinations’ assessments could provide specific guidance on how to improve their benchmark scores. They could support the government and businesses in the start-up phase of the market. Also, they can identify hot-spots for adventure tourism and Itineraries emphasizing benefits for rural people and the environment.