Let’s face it, travel has now become a part of our lifestyle and even our personality. A whole host of people save up, loan money and even start crowdfunding campaigns just to be able to travel and experience a fraction of what the world has to offer. Adventures give us amazing memories, which we often reminisce about in many days and years to come. This means that our travel and adventures “marinate” for a while, which is a valuable exercise nowadays, since we seem to be so perpetually busy with our lives and jobs, that a majority of what we monotonously do, passes by in a flash and is certainly gone —forever, without carrying any real meaning or emotion to it. But reliving our adventures time and again, lends us the capability and time to learn something from each and every one of them. But adventure can be expensive, right?
Finding budget thrills in the land of the brave is actually quite easy. What usually starts out as a trip can quickly turn into an adventure, without you even spending much money on it. If you love adventures, we are sure you can find your kick from surfing, chasing a storm and skiing… Nordic style. Not just braving the elements, adventures are about embracing and opening up to uniquely breathtaking experiences. Hear how you can learn something new, test your limits and find yourself through travel.
This equipment-free activity involves overcoming small climbing challenges on bounders. And one of the best spots you can indulge in this activity? Near Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California, which is considered to be one of the best bouldering spots in the world.
San Fran parkour
The parkour scene in SF is very welcoming while being quite developed, and it really doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie free-runner or a trained traceur, you’ll be working on your monkey vaults in no time! The fact that it’s free is just the icing on the cake.
If you visit Cordova, Alaska and travel along the roadside in Child’s Glacier during summer, you get to witness the fall of ice every 15-20 minutes. But if you head to the Chugach Mountains, you can actually walk up to a 27-mile glacier, located in Matanuska.
Lift passes are expensive, on-mountain lodging rates are off the charts and the runs crowded. Instead try your hand at Nordic Skiing in the snow of Higgins Lake, Michigan, where you can ski for just $8 per day on a well-kept 12-mile trail, that’s just waiting for you.
Why not explore the National Marine Sanctuary located in the Florida Keys? You only need fins and a snorkel. This spot happens to be the earth’s 3rd largest reef and even houses the Christ of the Abyss statue, which is completely submerged.
No money? No board? Doesn’t matter. In Hawai’i’s Point Panic beach, right at the heart of every surfer’s mecca, is a place which is perfect for the ardent body-surfer. And because the boarders stay away, there’s no fighting for space on the waves.
A not-to-be-missed trail for this addictive activity is Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and Peekaboo–Spooky Gulch Loop in Utah, which can be divided into 3-mile stretches, have a host of arches, ravines and slots to explore over the 3-hour walk/climb.
Deepwater Soloing is basically rock climbing without the burden (and expenses) of any safety gear – and it’s basically just you, the rocks and gushing water below. One such perfect venue to host the adventurer in you is the expansive shoreline of Lake Powell.
Lake Placid, New York, in autumn may sound gloomy but you can go trail-running around the lake and discover the pathways that meander through 6 million acres of forest land in the Adirondack Mountains regions, just as the sky goes grey and the leaves all change their colors.
Bandon-by-the-Sea in Oregon is known for its fantastic beaches, and is also proudly known as the storm chasing capital of the world. When the storms approach, it’s serene beaches transform itself into a flurry of wave- and wind-whipped scene, while the Pacific rages on as winter approaches. To be safe, watch all the action from the comforts of the sand spires and stacks on Bullards Beach.