Science changes travel. It is true. For decades now scientists from different backgrounds are creating new experiences. That is only good news for travelers enjoying adventures. 

Yet the change is not about the scenery. Landscapes and mountains are staying the same. Still, we are enjoying beaches and underwater experiences.

What has changed are experiences. Scientists are changing the world, but how we ‘see’ the world. Therefore they are creating new adventures for us to explore. 

Adventure tourism on demand

Adventure tourism is getting more and more appealing to travelers. Because the idea of just laying on the beach is getting monotonic, many travels to explore.

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, adventure tourism is on demand. Every year more and more travelers are interested in adventures.

Hence hiking and cycling are becoming the most popular activities. However, skiing is still the leading activity. Lastly, surfing is also one of the four activities that travelers choose to do.

Science changes travel in geotourism

Geo-scientists worked together to create a type of tourism aiming for the protection of geological heritage. Hence it is niche tourism where someone can travel to caves, volcanoes, and glaciers. 

So geotourism is a type of tourism where the travelers can discover the geological and geographical character of a destination. 

Therefore geoscientists collaborated with tourism industries and governments to establish the geoparks. So these large areas of land (and sometimes sea) are created to protect them but most interesting for us to visit.

Moreover, geoparks are organizing tours and activities fill with excitement featuring another world. Therefore travelers can become a geologist with a visit and experience the wonders of Earth. Hence science changes travel.

The best education I have ever received was through travel. - Lisa Ling

Science changes travel in conservation tourism

Similarly, conservation tourism is about the protection of wildlife. All over the world, there are species that are in danger, most often, because of us humans. 

Yet conservation scientists and ecologists invites travelers to learn and explore even the most strange species of our planet. In addition, it aims for people to become protectors of animals.

It is all about giving back, like taking care of orphaned elephants whose mother was captured by hunters.

Challenges of niche tourism

Tourism in nature has a lot to offer. There are a lot of benefits for local communities and for the environment. However, niche tourism has still many challenges to overcome.

Having to compete with the three S of tourism (sun, sea, sand), alternative tourism is not even close to competing. Still, the majority of travelers are choosing massive tourism in a seaside resort.

In addition, there are other challenges to face, like litter and environmental degradation. Challenges that scientists need to research and provide solutions.

One of the most possibly popular ways to minimize the problem is education. Hence a lot of destinations that provide tours and activities in nature, they try to influence travelers’ behavior with environmental education.     

Future of traveling in nature

Technology will play a big part in the future of travel. And scientists are working towards that. As we are already in the digital era, traveling is very much influenced by high-tech applications. 

One of the technological evolution is the visual reality. With the help of technology, you will be able to travel to past, present and future worlds. It would be like a time machine.

Another technology applicable in nature traveling is artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT). Both of them will help the tourism industry for customized service. 

Finally, a technology that is already in use by mainly national tourist agencies are the 360 degrees videos. They provide a glimpse of wonder for travelers to imagine themselves exploring the destination beforehand.        

Keep learning. Keep growing.


Posted on 04/07/2018.

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