Adventure Chat #33 - Unusual Adventures

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When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday’s at 10 am pst. It’s a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else’s adventures. I’ve had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I’ve taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A’s in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on Travelogx.com. For the latest chat my guest co-host was @TA_Iceland and the topic was all about Unusual Adventures. Enjoy this recap of #adventurechat!

QUESTIONS:

Q1 Travel is about adventure. What really rocks your boat and makes your trip a true adventure?
Q2 What is your definition of ‘unusual’ when it comes to adventure?
Q3 Have you ever had an unusual adventure that took you by surprise?
Q4 When was the last time you truly got out of the proverbial comfort zone on your travels? Share the moment with a picture or video?
Q5 Does having an unusual adventure always mean leaving your comfort zone? 
Q6 What is the best combination for you between safety and risk when it comes to travel adventures?
Q7 Do you prefer to do your adventures solo or with a friend/companion?
Q8 When it comes to adventure - do you organise it  yourself or do you prefer to let someone else do it for you?
Q9  What are the top 3 adventures on your bucket list that would be considered ‘unusual’ by most people?
Q10 What is your definition of adventure travel? 

@monicagoesshow: It’s #adventurechat time!!! Who’s with us and ready to talk Unusual Adventures with @TA_iceland?

@mountainsquid04: #adventurechat mountain squid here!

@TravelAtWill: Hello from Toronto. Busy planning our next adventure to New Orleans for Mardi Gras! #adventurechat @monicagoesshow https://t.co/NWKUixutcl

@monicagoesshow: @TravelAtWill awesome! You should check out my two New Orleans episodes I just shot! www.youtube.com/monicagoesshow #adventurechat

@Sihpromatum: Happy to be joining #adventurechat today from Holland! This was the sunset tonight https://t.co/SkuqfDbyjb

@bsfralic: Dropping in from Bellingham, WA for #adventurechat!

@TravelingChilli: Happy to join #adventurechat today, joining in from lovely Belgium

@AFKTravel: Hey #AdventureChat! Joining from a particularly stunning Cape Town tonight :) https://t.co/2tanXwgj5t

@monicagoesshow: Some new faces! I love it! #adventurechat

@JHochstat: listening in for a bit from Costa Rica while multi-tasking #adventurechat

@InnTownCamp: I'm here, but trying to do three things at one time, we'll see how I go @monicagoesshow @TA_iceland #Adventurechat

@travelopulent: Joining #AdventureChat from #CapeTown today 😆 hello everyone 😊 https://t.co/BbQznIaRbl

@travel_grl: Greetings from Colorado! #adventurechat

@backpackdetour: #adventurechat Hi everyone! Joining in from Northern California.

@GiveMeIceland: All the way from Iceland, talking to the world! #adventurechat

@fullvanfun: We're here from Washington DC still buried from our blizzard, but ready to share our #adventurechat stories!

@BGJensen: Hello from Denmark! As always, I'm ready to suck in some great adventure talk. #adventurechat #travel #roadtrip https://t.co/1ibYF9RcSD

@TA_Iceland: Here we go: Q1 Travel is about adventure. What really rocks your boat and makes your trip a true adventure?

@TravelAtWill: A1 Getting your heart pumping surely makes an adventure! #adventurechat @monicagoesshow https://t.co/BhbnI1xrdN

@JHochstat: A1 I have found that I am most comfortable when my trips push me outside of my comfort zone #adventurechat

@bsfralic: A1: Going solo. Nothing like a healthy dose of self-reliance to shake things up! @monicagoesshow #adventurechat

@mountainsquid04: A1 #adventurechat Being out there ... where few others have been! Great photo ops and meeting other adventurers!

@TravelingChilli: A1 Setting up our little tent in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the beautiful view of the full moon #adventurechat https://t.co/0t3tytUy9X

@totingmypack: A1. Going outside your comfort zone! #adventurechat https://t.co/E9V1iRhTcN

@monicagoesshow: A1: For me it’s pushing outside of my comfort zone and having unexpected awesome things happen #adventurechat

@backpackdetour: A1 #adventurechat Anything that takes me out of my comfort zone.

@2theworldCOM: A1: When we go off the beaten track (or at least try to) #adventurechat

@last_adventurer: A1: Anything that expands your horizons, challenges you, and provides wonder. #adventurechat https://t.co/ZNlXaUwqyr

@TravelingChilli: A1 Stepping out of my comfort zone and do something I thought I'd never ever do #skydiving #adventurechat https://t.co/3O9lDcPPj1

@AFKTravel: A1: Doing as the locals do like it's heading to the squatter camps of #SouthAfrica for a braai (BBQ) #AdventureChat https://t.co/L2FpkgHrV0

@GiveMeIceland: Q1: Nature! Icelandic people loves the nature. If we don't go abroad, we explore our own landscape quite a lot. #adventurechat

@InnTownCamp: A1: All travel is an adventure, even if its doing nothing @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow #Adventurechat #laketahoe https://t.co/QsjhZDsLqX

@travel_grl: A1 - Something I've never done before. #adventurechat

@fullvanfun: A1) Epic roadtrips w/ our children! Nothing more extreme than 10000 mi in a minivan w/ 6 kids :) #adventurechat

@Pinkzenjoy: A1 New experiences in new lands, exploring different cuisines, all an adventure #adventurechat

@travelopulent: A1 it's something I have never done before small or big as soon as my excitement level goes to MAX #AdventureChat

@TA_Iceland: Q2 What is your definition of ‘unusual’ when it comes to adventure?

@JHochstat: A2 In 1998 I climbed Pacaya volcano in Guatemala & hiked down to the lava pit. Erupted a week later #adventurechat https://t.co/5XkgtH4PzK

@monicagoesshow: A2: Unusual to me is something different. Whether it’s a food, culture, country, or challenge, bring it on! #adventurechat

@InnTownCamp: A2: I like experiencing new things @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow #AdventureChat https://t.co/LqMtkwRlSc

@bsfralic: A2: An unusual adventure is (usually) spontaneous. Like hitching across Turkey via semi-trucks! @TA_iceland #adventurechat

@BGJensen: This reminds me of my jump at the Bridge to Nowhere! Can't beat the feeling! #adventurechat #travel https://t.co/PavIvLYC06

@mountainsquid04: A2 #adventurechat Long distance hiking. Leaving the car behind and hiking in the back country!

@Sihpromatum: A2 Riding an ostrich... that is unusual adventure! lol #Adventurechat https://t.co/cj741Uf3KE

@AFKTravel: A2: An unusual adventure is something that tourists don't do like taking a minibus taxi in Joburg. #AdventureChat https://t.co/yh14WApjWF

@GiveMeIceland: A2: I would say ultra marathon. Run over 100km and explore at the same time. An example in Iceland: https://t.co/gKDyNqOhtj #adventurechat

@Sihpromatum: So many amazing Adventure photos happening on #Adventurechat right now! Love it

@Sihpromatum: A2 Unusual.... nearly running over a HIPPO when it jumped out of the bushes! #Adventurechat

@TA_Iceland: Q3 Have you ever had an unusual adventure that took you by surprise?

@GiveMeIceland: A3: Yes, meeting people in the middle of nowhere - in the mountains

@JHochstat: A3 Burgundy, France by car (when I lived there). I went on a tour of an old crypt of a church. A nun gave 2hr tour of 1 room #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow: A3: riding a bull, being Miss Chiquita Banana, trapeze, and feeding alligators were all unusual #adventurechat https://t.co/ORhETcT8PF

@Pinkzenjoy: China was a complete adventure for us and broke all stereotypes. 😀 #adventurechat https://t.co/C3jcUqEDQw

@TravelAtWill: A3 Surprised by how close the whales came to the boats! https://t.co/0dXe5QdZCF #adventurechat @monicagoesshow https://t.co/IdwcAcQolr

@Sihpromatum: Showering in this in MIDDLE of nowhere, in MIDDLE of night in Ethiopia listening to hyenas howling #Adventurechat https://t.co/aZYoRjGstR

@bsfralic: A3: While hitching across Turkey, a generous truck driver made us a roadside meal. #adventurechat @TA_iceland

@AFKTravel: A3: Yes, travelling to Madagascar. I expected very little, but came home with so much love for the country and its people #AdventureChat

@travel_grl: A3 - Every adventure brings unexpected and delightful surprises!

@2theworldCOM: A3: I suppose being stranded in Chobe National Park, Botswana was an adventure that took us by surprise... #adventurechat

@TravelingChilli: A3 Camping in the bush in Botswana, lions roaring very close by at night, pure #adventurechat https://t.co/eIag6XthuH

@SaintsDidNext: A3 Friends surprise yacht visit + sailing @ 37knots got our adrenalin pumping https://t.co/L0husceBii #adventurechat https://t.co/aJu6DO5gGI

@TA_Iceland: Q4 When was the last time you truly got out of the proverbial comfort zone on your travels? Share the moment with a picture or video?

@monicagoesshow: A4: I jumped out of my comfort zone and went skiing on a mountain before I was ready! 😳😁 #adventurechat https://t.co/WapDtfyPOK

@travelstreasure: @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow When the vine rope gives way somewhere high in the tree top.... #adventurechat https://t.co/jY3GdiAK7P

@Sihpromatum: Camping in the middle of nowhere wilderness all around Africa listening to howling hyenas etc #Adventurechat https://t.co/P2W3w13Yit

@BGJensen: @last_adventurer I jumped 3 times that day, 2 backwards and 1 front dive. Kinda addicted! #adventurechat #travel #go https://t.co/ylqxyQ6AJI

@JHochstat: A4 Became a crocodile whisperer & got this shot of synchronized crocs in Costa Rica's Tarcoles river #adventurechat https://t.co/EWgc5PAQrm

@Sihpromatum: @mountainsquid04 hahah, love horseback riding! Best place was in Kyrgyzstan, #Adventurechat

@bsfralic: A4: Getting my first Thai massage was somewhat uncomfortable - but oh so worth it. https://t.co/FnZi8d3yxa @TA_iceland #adventurechat

@AFKTravel: A4: My last unusual African adventure was to Egypt where I lived with a local family, ate the local food, and learnt so much #AdventureChat

@mountainsquid04: A4 #adventurechat Last year on the #ColoradoTrail, 100+ miles and out for a week. https://t.co/PhpipKyOhz

@mountainsquid04: A4 #adventurechat Storms a'comin' and I'm camped right in its path! https://t.co/aqebto54Ab

@TA_Iceland: Q5 Does having an unusual adventure always mean leaving your comfort zone? 

@JHochstat: A5 What's point of being adventurous if you aren't pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Need WTF was I thinking moments #adventurechat

@Sihpromatum: Here's my bungee from South Africa #Adventurechat This pic is of Mom, posted mine too many times. https://t.co/xqH8hLssh0

@monicagoesshow: A5: I think there’s levels of comfort zones, trying weird foods is unusual but isn’t terrifying #adventurechat

@fullvanfun: A5) No-an unusual adventure doesn't have to be extreme - just something you've never experienced #adventurechat

@last_adventurer:  #mountain people are the best kind of people! #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow: Wanna co-host an #adventurechat? DM me =)

@Sihpromatum: Ethiopia, but we did overland from Morocco south to South Africa then North to Egypt. #Adventurechat

@TravelingChilli: @Sihpromatum Wow, that's something on our bucket list, cross Africa in our landrover. Maybe still this year? #adventurechat

@PortShopping: A5. Yes, although not always enjoyable at the moment it'll make for great memories and stories! I'm proud of myself too! #adventurechat

@totingmypack: A5. No you can have an adventure doing something you love. Going out of your comfort zone helps you find new things to love! #adventurechat

@fullvanfun: A5) Example Rt. 191 drive in WY & UT - unusual, unexpected, awesome https://t.co/0l8uLJTPeY #adventurechat

@TripsAgency: A5: Yes I think it does! One of my best adventures was ziplining in Cancun! @monicagoesshow #adventurechat

@AFKTravel: A5: No, going back to the Cape Minstrel Carnival in Cape Town after 10 years was unusual for me, but still felt comfortable #adventurechat

@TA_Iceland: Q6 What is the best combination for you between safety and risk when it comes to travel adventures?

@monicagoesshow: A6:I have to ask myself if I’m being smart and if there’s a REALLY good chance this could kill me before I do something scary #adventurechat

@GiveMeIceland: Gotta leave now. Wish you all the best from Iceland and you're welcome visit my country any time! :) #adventurechat

@bsfralic: A6: Any adventure in which you wear safety equipment, but must sign your life away is ideal. Like skydiving. @TA_iceland #adventurechat

@JHochstat: A6 I did the crazy shit when I was young/stupid/bulletproof. Best example was 70ft cliff jump in South Africa named suicide #adventurechat

@WildTravel: 6 Must-have Items for 6 of South America’s Ultimate Adventures: https://t.co/wXkLax8C8Q #girlstravel #adventurechat https://t.co/JhdNl0yQHd

@monicagoesshow: Hey guys we’re trending! Woot Woot! #adventurechat

@2theworldCOM: Botswana is always one big adventure, no matter what you are doing or where you are! #adventurechat

@JHochstat: A6 Also in that time frame, I took an inland trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls to Bungee Jump from Victoria Bridge ('94) #adventurechat

@TravelAtWill: A6 Scuba, private pilot, skydiving - know your limits, invest in safety gear and stay current! #adventurechat @monicagoesshow

@TravelAtWill: A6 Learned to balance risk and safety after 150 jumps from a perfectly good plane! https://t.co/tRDgdZjo7N #adventurechat @monicagoesshow

 

@2theworldCOM: A6: Adventure first, safety... uuuh, often we only realize the risk we took at a later stage #adventurechat

@mountainsquid04: A6 #adventurechat Best combo of what?!?! Don't know what you mean but #commonsense should always prevail.

@AFKTravel: A6: As a solo female traveler, I am willing to take risks, but not compromise my safety. I always chat to locals about safety #AdventureChat

@InnTownCamp: A6: Always do your homework and make educated decisions on risks @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow #adventurechat

@totingmypack: A6. A considered risk with the safest tour company around! I think about if I'll ever get chance to do it again. #adventurechat

@TA_Iceland: Q7 Do you prefer to do your adventures solo or with a friend/companion?

@monicagoesshow: A7: I prefer to go with another person but it won’t stop me going alone #adventurechat

@Sihpromatum: Just in general sooooo many adventures in South Africa. Bungee jump, ostrich ride, Great White dive, #Adventurechat https://t.co/vu7GIMm2Mi

@InnTownCamp: A7: I love traveling with my family @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow

@mountainsquid04: A7 #adventurechat Don't know which I prefer, but I'm usually solo. I think it would be fun to share an #adventure though.

@Pinkzenjoy: A7 I like travelling with a companion but would love to travel solo at some point. #adventurechat

@2theworldCOM: We had to dig for two hours mid-day to clear the car, with elephants at a mere 50 meter #adventurechat

@mountainsquid04: A7 #adventurechat Might be nice to have someone else to blame when problems arise! haha

@AFKTravel: A7: Solo travel is my preferred way of traveling, but it gets lonely so I always plan to meet up with friends along the way #AdventureChat

@InnTownCamp: A7: It's incredible to do with the ones you love @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow #Adventurechat https://t.co/zD3XyOYWMK

@TA_Iceland: Q8 When it comes to adventure - do you organise it  yourself or do you prefer to let someone else do it for you?

@monicagoesshow: A8: I’m a bit of a control freak and organize everything myself. Especially since doing the show, I plan it all out now #adventurechat

@JHochstat: I'm out #adventurechat. Was great sharing stories with you all. If anyone's headed here to Costa Rica, reach out: jon.hochstat@gmail.com@mountainsquid04: A8 #adventurechat Plan and organize myself ... that is half the fun!

@Pinkzenjoy: @TA_iceland True. And staying with locals in homestays is always a bonus for these tips. #adventurechat

@AFKTravel: A8: Depends on the situation. I wouldn't want to find my own way up Kilimanjaro, but would do a self drive safari #adventurechat

@Pinkzenjoy: @TA_iceland A8 I usually plan and organize. #adventurechat

@TA_Iceland:Q9  What are the top 3 adventures on your bucket list that would be considered ‘unusual’ by most people?

@monicagoesshow: A9: Not sure how unusual but ziplining in costa rica, hot air balloon, and dog sledding are all up there #adventurechat

@Apachepine: @Apachepine #adventurechat here at Apache Pine we want everyone to know that you can "take nature with you!"

@TravelAtWill: A9 Bucket list - 1) scuba Great Barrier Reef 2) African safari 3) Antarctica cruise on small boat! #adventurechat @monicagoesshow

@InnTownCamp: A9: go backpacking by myself, unusual for some, normal for many @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow #adventurechat https://t.co/VY0Q5q0gSO

@mountainsquid04: A9 #adventurechat I have no bucket list ... I just like to hike.

@59NationalParks: A9 Dogsledding, ice climbing and driving a taxi in NYC.

@AFKTravel: A9: Sand boarding in Namibia, swimming in the Devil's Pool in Zimbabwe, & gorilla trekking in Rwanda #adventurechat https://t.co/oWPrmD9M9z

@2theworldCOM: A9: 1, 2 and 3: Cycling across SE-Asia #adventurechat

@TA_Iceland: Q10 What is your definition of adventure travel? 

@TripsAgency: A10: Anything thrilling and new to you. It doesn't always have to be daring and involve risk @monicagoesshow @TA_iceland #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow: A10: My definition of Adventure Travel: doing something other than normal touristy stuff. Preferably with an adrenaline rush! #adventurechat

@InnTownCamp: A10: Trying new things @TA_iceland @monicagoesshow

@AFKTravel: A10: Something that gets your adrenaline pumping, makes you smile and gives you awesome memories #adventurechat

@59NationalParks: A10 #adventurechat I'd say its anything adventure that your friends would say to you "you"re crazy". Heard that many times. #adventurechat

@BGJensen: @monicagoesshow Agreed, and to me it's also about living the life #outside! #getoutside #adventurechat #travel https://t.co/7o7Ea17uM3

@monicagoesshow: You guys are amazing! Thanks @TA_iceland for an awesome #adventurechat. I’ll have the recap up soon to see everything!

@monicagoesshow: Again thanks to my guest co-host @TA_iceland for a great topic and if anyone wants to host DM me! #adventurechat

@mountainsquid04: #adventurechat #GoodLuck and #HaveFun everyone! See you on the trail!