What is Adventure Travel?
Let Wikipedia handle this answer:
Adventure travel is a type of tourism, involving exploration or travel with perceived (and possibly actual) risk, and potentially requiring specialized skills and physical exertion. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. According to the U.S. based Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity, including two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature.
What kind of Adventure Travel does this blog focus on?
Primarily “soft” adventures – those that don’t require excessive level of efforts or fitness levels. Anything a bit off the beaten path that can be easily enjoyed by singles, couples and families with senior and junior members of the household. The blog does not discriminate. Biking in one’s backyard is just as adventurous (to some) as diving in the Atlantic waters with the Great White Sharks (for some).
Whose adventures are featured here?
All narratives on this blog are from personal and anecdotal experiences of the site author – Abi Paul (Larkycanuck). On rare occasions, guest posts are featured by other writers but those are explicitly mentioned on the posts.
What is Budget Adventure Travel?
Canadians by nature are frugal. Exploration and discovery are also in their blood (along with the Americans, Australians, West Europeans and Japanese). This blog combines both aspects. Typically adventure activities come at a premium to the mainstream tour option. Tips, tricks and trades of the profession of a travel writer (many shared experiences with other travel bloggers) can show the path to ways on saving money on adventure travel for Canadians. There is never any reason to pay more than you have to. There is no price category of what qualifies as “Budget” adventure. It can range from FREE to several thousand dollars. As long as the experience qualifies as an adventure and there is some proven technique of saving money or time then it gets included.
Does this blog focus on Canadian Travelers?
Pretty much. Canada has a unique factor pertaining to travel in that the airfare and air travels are exorbitantly high (small population and nearly oligopolistic competition contribute to this). Not all Canadian travelers are in to Adventure Travel. Yet. This blog aims to encourage those folks to try out adventure travels by enticing them with what everybody loves doing best – Saving Money.
What kind of experiences are not featured here?
Backpacking, extreme travel hacking, couchsurfing, AirBnB, hitchhiking and the likes. In other words, things that would appeal to a niche crowd or a younger age demographic but not to the typical Canadian family or couple. It covers experiences that combine both elements of risk, adventure, thrill, mystery with safety, style and modern amenities.
What is the primary theme of the blog?
Saving money on Adventure Travel. There are Money Saving tips sprinkled throughout including a special section on general money saving techniques that has nothing to do with travel. The philosophy behind this is simple. If you can save money any way, that is money saved to have an adventure.
How is this blog unique from the gazillion other travel blogs out there?
Firstly, the name says it all. A Budget Adventure Travel Blog for Working Canadians. Most travel blogs are written by full time travelers. These are folks who have decided to quit their professional lives and travel indefinitely (or for a defined period of time). What used to be an act of major trepidation and courage once upon a time has now become the defacto thing to do by a large number of folks in North America. So full time travel is not the big challenge it used to be once upon a time. What does remain a challenge is for working professionals who are setback from unlimited travels by limited paid vacation time (2-4 weeks) from their jobs, household constraints, and relatively high cost of travel. This blog focuses on this latter demographic and aims to find solutions to this challenge.
Secondly, this blog is written by a person of ethnic diversity. I will let the following pictures explain this further.
This the typical profile of 99% of Travel Bloggers online.
But Canada is has been looking a lot like these folks lately.
The modern Canadians, while still representative of visible minority groups, is a growing demographic. Their priorities in life are probably deviant from the typical Travel Blogger today. The writer of this blog belongs to this demographic but also shares the modern idealism of the travel blogger mindset. Thus, a balance is found between addressing the travel desires and needs of the New Canadians with those of adventure seeking folks.
Have you done any professional media writing and travel?
A bit yes. Some of the writings in this blog are Sponsored or Paid Gigs and clearly identified as such. Notable Travel Tourism Boards and PR Agencies that this blog has collaborated with are Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), New Orleans Convention, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (neworleanscvb), Fernie Tourism, Chinook Country (Alberta) Tourism, and Gate 1 Travel. For more information and details, please refer to the Media Kit.
More F.A.Q.S coming soon. Currently on travel route.