An adventure is an exciting experience that is typically a bold, sometimes risky, undertaking. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such as traveling, exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving, river rafting or participating in extreme sports.
1 Motivation 2 Mythology and fiction
2.1 Outdoors 2.2 Questing 2.3 Video games
3 Nonfiction works
Motivation Adventurous experiences create psychological arousal, which can be interpreted as negative (e.g. fear) or positive (e.g. flow). For some people, adventure becomes a major pursuit in and of itself. According to adventurer André Malraux, in his La Condition Humaine (1933), "If a man is not ready to risk his life, where is his dignity?".[full citation needed] Similarly, Helen Keller stated that "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." Outdoor adventurous activities are typically undertaken for the purposes of recreation or excitement: examples are adventure racing and adventure tourism. Adventurous activities can also lead to gains in knowledge, such as those undertaken by explorers and pioneers – the British adventurer Jason Lewis, for example, uses adventures to draw global sustainability lessons from living within finite environmental constraints on expeditions to share with schoolchildren. Adventure education intentionally uses challenging experiences for learning. Author Jon Levy suggests that an experience should meet several criteria to be considered an adventure:
Be remarkable—that is, worth talking about Involve adversity and/or perceived risk Bring about personal growth Mythology and fiction Some of the oldest and most widespread stories in the world are stories of adventure such as Homer's The Odyssey. The knight errant was the form the "adventure seeker" character took in the late Middle Ages. The adventure novel exhibits these "protagonist on adventurous journey" characteristics as do many popular feature films, such as Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Many adventures are based on the idea of a quest: the hero goes off in
pursuit of a reward, whether it be a skill, prize, or perhaps the
safety of a person. On the way, the hero must overcome various
This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this
section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material
may be challenged and removed. (February 2019) (Learn how and when to
remove this template message)
From ancient times, travelers and explorers have written about their
adventures. Journals which became best-sellers in their day were
written, such as Marco Polo's journal The Travels of
List of genres
Wikiquote has quotations related to: Adventure
^ "Adventure". dictionary.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013..mw-parser-output cite.citation font-style:inherit .mw-parser-output .citation q quotes:"""""""'""'" .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration color:#555 .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help .mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg/12px-Wikisource-logo.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center .mw-parser-output code.cs1-code color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error display:none;font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error font-size:100% .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em .mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format font-size:95% .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left padding-left:0.2em .mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right padding-right:0.2em
^ M Gomà-i-Freixanet (2004), "Sensation Seeking and Participation in
^ Keller, Helen (1957). The Open Door.
^ Snow, Shane (2 December 2016). "The Science of the Perfect Night Out". GQ. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
^ Adam Mansbach (12 February 2010). "Odysseus Remixed". The New York Times.
^ Richard Jenkyns (22 December 1996). "Heroic Enterprise – (Book
^ Zweig, P. (1974). The adventurer: The fate of adventure in the Western world, New York: Basic Books.
^ Vincent Canby (26 May 1977). "A Trip to a Far Galaxy That's Fun and Funny". The New York Times.
^ Vincent Canby (12 June 1981). "Movie Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark". The New York Times.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Adventure.
Website of the Research Unit "Philology of Adventure": ongoing research project on the literary history of the adventure pattern What is an adventure? A definition of "adventure", "hero" and "epic" with an illustration of the hero's journey. Wikivoyage Martin Feeney Going on a journey: