A Brief History of Adventure Travel

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  02.04.06 | 2:17 PM ET

imageYahoo! adventure guru Richard Bangs covers the history of adventure travel in just 874 words today in a New York Times piece. I’ll summarize in 86 words: First adventure travelers were merchants on expedition. Many accidental discoveries. Ericson, North America. Columbus, the Caribbean. Modern adventure travel began 35 years ago. Treks in the Nepalese Himalayas. Maoist revolutionaries emerge. Adventurers go to Bhutan. In the ‘70s, Afghanistan, Algeria and New Guinea. In the ‘80s, the Nile, Mount Ararat and Bali. Religious-based terrorism drives out adventurers. In the ‘90s, the Alps. Euro rises. Everyone goes to Thailand. Tsunami hits. Libya, Mozambique, Nicaragua and Panama become popular. For now. When in doubt, there’s always Costa Rica.

5 Comments for A Brief History of Adventure Travel

Carl Parkes 02.04.06 | 7:10 PM ET

Lordy. Where do I start on that one? You are way too polite, Michael, on the inaccuracies and self-promotional tidbits that run through that article. I guess I’ll just have to cover it over in my blog, where no prisoners are taken.

Terry 02.05.06 | 11:23 AM ET

No more surfing in Bali? No more diving in the Red Sea? Since when? I was also surprised at the sweeping inaccuracies in this piece.

kamran 03.01.07 | 3:56 AM ET

india has lot of oppotunties for the adventure Tsm but we are lagging bcoz of aminities

Paul 07.30.08 | 6:44 AM ET

India is amazing place for having adventures. Believe me!

Nicaragua Surf 08.04.08 | 10:29 PM ET

Great summary. I get the whole story in just a few words…I read it three times :)

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