Organic living means getting physical, even when you’re on vacation.

Adventure tourism and education are two of the industry’s fastest-growing sectors, offering exotic locales, built-in excitement, affordable price tags and activities designed to foster good memories. These vacations also heighten one’s sense of resilience and empowerment, according to Alan Ewert, PhD, a professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

With roots in ecotourism, adventure tourism includes activities like rock-climbing, cattle drives, whitewater boating, cave scuba-diving and covered-wagon trips. You can research possible getaways by reading travel magazines or visiting professional websites like the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and American Mountain Guides Association.

“The adventure travel industry has matured in many ways, with activities once thought of as crazy now considered legitimate leisure pursuits,” Dr. Ewert says. “There’s a whole infrastructure built to support it, providing food, guides, transportation and other needs.”

With adventure education trips, the scenic locales typically become a place to learn “through,” not just about. Dr. Ewert, for example, will be an instructor this summer for an educational course for teachers. He and his  students will canoe down the Missouri River, retracing some of the route taken by explorers Lewis and Clark.

Get more information about adventure education trips by visiting websites like Outward Bound, Wilderness Inquiry and Indiana University’s Bradford Woods.

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