For most people, thinking of traveling outside their comfort zone is scary. Not to mention costly. It certainly has it’s impact on our wilderness areas, our National Parks, and local state parks. Outdoor Adventure travel was once thought to be a far away dream and something maybe you did once in your life. But with emerging technology, and the new generation of adventurers, that maybe changing. Technology has played a huge role in bringing that “far away destination” right up front and close. We no longer have to go to the library and research a Adventure, we have apps for that now. Travel apps give us the ability to get instant travel or outdoor adventure information in an instant, and has had a direct result in driving down the price of any kind of outdoor adventure. With Frequent flier miles, credit card points, and technology, we can pretty much go anywhere we want, any time we want.
The new generation of outdoor adventure seekers are Millennials. Born between 1982 and 2000 they make up the largest section of the population, and they are connected. 80% of them are connected to social network. They are willing and motivated to try something new and not afraid to go at it alone.
So how does this impact the future of Outdoor Adventure? Les Stroud (Survivorman) gives a great explanation of the balance that needs to take place between exploration, outdoor adventure, and impacts we will have in the future.