Adventure travel is a type of tourism that involves exploration or travel which that may involve a degree of risk or require physical exertion or special skills. It is a type of niche tourism in which travellers seek out of the ordinary experiences or wish to go to destinations that are less often visited (usually because of the difficulties involved in reaching them or the risk element associated with them). It can also refer to tourism that involves hiking, biking, canoeing and so forth, that require strenuous physical activity.
Adventure tourists seek an authentic experience that is not generally available to others. They may, for example, seek to achieve altered mental states (such as experiencing a ‘rush’ or ‘natural high’) that comes from going outside of their comfort zone. This can come from culture shock or by undertaking acts requiring significant physical effort and that involve some degree of risk or danger (whether real or perceived).