"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." Helen Keller

The Adventure Traveler’s Credo

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You are not cold. The flight is never too long. You could not care less about showers or clean clothes. And you have no idea how many countries you’ve been to. You are an ADVENTURE TRAVELER.

It takes a certain amount of rough-and-tumble in your personality to crawl around the globe and throw yourself out there. In the community of adventure travelers, this often manifests as a tougher-than-thou ethos where physical and emotional needs do not exist. If you’re an adventure traveler, you’ll probably recognize a few of these declarations. If you want to be an adventure traveler, then chop-chop: learn the lingo and make sure your clothes don’t look too clean.

I’M NOT COLD. It doesn’t matter if you’re on top of a mountain wearing flip flops and a tank top while everyone else is wrapped up in thermals, wool and Gore-Tex. Especially if everyone else is wrapped up in thermals, wool and Gore-Tex. You. Are. Not. Cold.

THE FLIGHT WASN’T THAT LONG. Just stepped off of a 14-hour flight from Dubai? It wasn’t that long. Fifteen hours from Toronto to Hong Kong? Not that long. Sixteen hours from Dallas to Sydney? NOT THAT LONG. Can’t believe we’re here already.

I CANNOT POSSIBLY TELL YOU WHETHER THIS FOOD IS SPICY OR NOT. I love spicy food so very much, eating raw ghost peppers feels like eating ice cream to me. The more you love spicy food, the less you are able to ascertain its level of heat when other people ask. Just learn this phrase: It’s not spicy to me. Use it anytime anyone asks about the heat factor of food, no matter what you are eating.

I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY COUNTRIES I’VE BEEN TO. I don’t keep track. I count experiences, not the number of borders I’ve crossed. Oh really? I’m calling bullshit. Come off it. You know your number.

I HAVEN’T WASHED MY CLOTHES/HAIR/SELF in XX DAYS AND I DON’T CARE. Caring about cleanliness is for the weak. Showers are nice and all, but the less you care about being clean, the more adventure traveler cred you have. In fact, you may just want to skip that shampoo so that you can keep wearing that hair wrap you picked up three countries ago.

Author: worldromper

I write, wrestle wiener dogs, win big at skee-ball and wander at large on a world-size scale.

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