These adventure travelers will change the way you think and dream about travel forever. From people who travel the world to go inside volcanoes and take photos to a guy who jumped out of a helium balloon from space. This list has it all. Buckle up, let's ride. Adventure awaits.
1. Robbie Shone
A British adventure, cave and travel photographer, based out of Austria. His photos tell a visual story by giving the world a peek of what lies underground. He has photographed some of the deepest and longest caves in the world. He has traveled to China, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Uzbekistan, Sudan, the Picos, the Alps and Crete. His portfolios have names as exciting as the photos themselves: Veins of the Dragon, Mexico’s Poisonous Cave, Pharaoh’s Sudan, Alpine Ice Caves, Giant Caves of Mulu, and Moulin Exploration. His work has been featured in national and international magazines, newspapers and books and he has won several awards. His photos will have you amazed at the beauty of the earth underground. This past summer his team went on an expedition to the Artic circle looking to make the first record of past climate change. This record of past climate change will be the first of its kind from caves of Greenland and aims to help our understanding of long-term climate change.
2. Ed Stafford
The first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River in 2008. His 860-day trek along the Amazon River made the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest jungle expedition ever attempted. He has also spent 60 days alone and isolated on an uninhabited, desert island in Fiji. These days Stafford is using his expedition skills to teach people about the environment and inspire people to get outside. He has been the feature of several series on Discovery Channel including, Into the Unknown, and is currently working on his fourth series.
3. Alastair Humphreys
This man has cycled round the world, walked across India and rowed the Atlantic to name a few of his adventures. In 2001 he started his first big adventure, cycling around the world where he visited 60 countries and rode 46,000 miles. Alastair started in England cycled to Istanbul to Cairo to South Africa. He then crossed the Atlantic by yacht and then rode from Patagonia to Alaska. He then crossed the Pacific by freighter and completed his journey by cycling back to England from Eastern Siberia. It took him 4 years to complete this adventure. Not only has Humphrey taken on adventures around the world he also promotes the concept of microadventures. He wants to break down the beliefs people have that stop people from going on adventures. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. Humphreys believes that, “Adventure is all around us, at all times. Adventure is accessible to normal people, in normal places, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money. Adventure is only a state of mind.”
4. Geoff Mackley
A man who has combined his love of photography with his passion for the natural world for 25 years. Mackley is an adventure cameraman who specialized in breaking news and shooting disasters, emergencies and rescue footage around the world. His amazing photography of natural disasters includes category 5 hurricanes, tsunamis, and blazing forest fires. He was also featured in a TV series Dangerman, made for the Discovery Channel. The New Zealand native attempts to get as close as possible to active volcanoes. He doesn’t just get close to volcanoes he goes inside them! In 2012 he was able to achieve one of his lifetime goals tackling Vanuatu’s Marum Volcano. The Marum Volcano is located on the tiny and remote volcanic island of Ambrym, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. Mackley made it as close as 30 meters with the lava almost close enough to touch and became the first person ever to get this close to this famed lava lake. Now Mackley wants to share this experience with the world. His tour company, Ultimate Volcano Adventures, offers brave adventurers the chance to go along with him inside the Marum volcano and then set up camp for a week next to a lava lake. Ultimate Volcano Adventures also offers guided expeditions to Indonesia, Africa and Siberia. According to Mackley, “Life is either an incredible adventure or it’s nothing at all.”
5. Erik Weihenmayer
He has climbed the highest point on every continent completing the Seven Summits. He began this13-year journey with his 1995 ascent of Mt. McKinley. Only 150 other mountaineers have ever done this. Oh, did I mention he completed all these adventures while he was blind? Weihenmayer lost his eyesight at the age of 13 but that has not stopped him from taking on adventure. He has also solo white water kayaked through the Grand Canyon and cofounded a movement called No Barriers. The mission of the movement is to help people with challenges face barriers head on while embracing a pioneering spirit and to team up with great people to live life rich in meaning and purpose. No Barrier’s motto is "what's within you is stronger than what's in your way."
6. Chris Guillebeau
An author who has been lifelong self employed and has traveled the world and visited every country in the world before his 35th birthday. He blogs and writes books on cool travel hacking strategies, stories on life, work, and travel. One of his most popular books is The Art of Non-Conformity. His mission is to help people live unconventional, remarkable lives. While his travels do not center around adventure travel per se all of his writings are great resources to make your adventure travel a success.
7. Matt, aka the Expert Vagabond
Started off his career with a degree in business working in Miami as nightlife photographer. In 2010, he quit his job in and bought a plane ticket to Guatemala. He has been traveling ever since. Some highlights from his adventures include diving with sharks with no cage in South Africa and Fiji, and hiking the Caminito Del Rey in Spain. Matt says, “Adventure travel is much more than just participating in extreme activities — it’s about breaking out of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in different cultures and trying new things. Seeing the world from someone else’s perspective.”
8. Lee Abbamonte
From Bridgeport, Connecticut is the youngest man to travel to all the countries in the world. His adventures include extreme sports in extreme places. He has hang glided over Rio de Janeiro, tracked silverback gorillas in Rwanda, played golf in Afghanistan during the war, dodged bullets in the Libyan civil war, conquered the world’s highest bungee jump in South Africa, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, gone on a safari in the Serengeti, and white-water rafted down level-five rapids of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Some of the extreme places he has visited include places you may have never thought to travel to including: Timbuktu; Easter Island; Qatar; Togo; Ras Al Khaimah; Samarkand; Azores; Cabinda; Abkhazia; Montserrat; Lakshadweep Islands; Petra; Burundi; East Timor; Goa; Bequia; Aitutaki; Trans Dniester; Turkmenistan; Yap; Liberia; Lampedusa; Faroe Islands; Rwanda; Marquesas; Sierra Leone; Borneo; Abu Dhabi; La Reunion; Gabon; Tonga; Vanuatu; Tajikistan; Maldives; Mauritania; Oman; Pitcairn Island; Djibouti; Mozambique; Burkina Faso; Namibia; Palau; Rodrigues; Teotihuacan; Dogon Country; Bhutan; and Seychelles.
9. Jonny Blair
This man has not just traveled the world, he has worked all over the world. He has visited all 7 continents and over 100 countries while taking on all kinds of work. Blair has made working around the world an adventure. His travel and work timeline showcases list his past jobs including: Public Relations Assistant, Barman, Butcher, Ferry Steward, Farmer, Pyrethrum Planter, Weeder, Echinacea Harvester, Banker, Teacher, Sales Representative, Hotel Porter, Online Travel Expert and Adviser, Postman, Shop Assistant, Stock Controller, Travel Writer, Travel Itinerary Planner to Welcome Host. Talk about a lot of different experiences in different places. Blair says he has an absolute passion for people, places, travel, beer and football. Sometimes all at the same time…
And last but not least, Felix Baumgartner, the man who inspires and is a hero to Adventure Fit Travel’s own Bill Kerr.
10. Felix Baumgartner
An Austrian daredevil, skydiver and base jumper. Fearless Felix is known for his dangerous stunts. He is always pushing human feats to the extreme. In 2012 Baumgartner's most recent project, Red Bull Stratos, took place in New Mexico. Baumgartner jumped to Earth from a helium balloon 24 miles; 39km above Earth in the stratosphere, the edge of space. He freefell for over four minutes then he opened his parachute and proved that a human could break the speed of sound without an aircraft. Other feats Baumgartner has accomplished are claiming the world record for the highest parachute jump from a building when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, being the first to jump off the 91st floor observation deck of Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, being the first person to skydive across the English Channel using a specially made carbon fiber wing and flying a helicopter coming only inches from a drift car while chasing it down an airstrip.
These adventure travelers show you another side of living. They are examples of what is possible to create with your life. Examples of what it means to go after what you want. They carried out their visions. They executed taking it to the next level. What did they have in common? They are all from different parts of the world with wanderlust in common. They took their dreams and made them into reality. They overcame challenges. They are bold and daring. They live their lives with passion. In the end they took the “someday I will” out of their sentence and made it ”today”. What can you learn from them? To believe? To risk? To be willing to be uncomfortable? Time to get off the sidelines and play the game. Plan your next adventure today and go for it.
After spending several years as a successful trial attorney, Brandy turned her passion into her career and wants to share her love of fitness with the world. Brandy started Crossfit Queens in 2009 in Queens, New York. She has over 8 years of experience working in fitness from teaching group exercise classes, personal training, to team sports conditioning. When Brandy is not in the box you can find her competing in various tennis tournaments.
Brandy has taken her love for sports, travel and fitness on and is excited to be involved with AdventureFit Travel. She challenges you to step up and take life on. Her dream is to host a travel fitness show and travel the world playing tennis.
“Love what you do. Do what you love.”