It seems ridiculous to live our entire lives in one place, never venturing beyond the familiar to discover new cultures, new landscapes, new cuisine, new viewpoints, new … anything, really. Sadly, that’s what many of us end up doing. Often our excuses include some version of being too busy — we’re busy with school, with work, with family obligations, etc. In reality, though, there is usually an underlying fear keeping us from fulfilling our dreams of traveling the world.
I know all about this fear. I’ve always attributed it to my small-town, Midwestern roots. In general, people from my area work hard for what they have and, once they’ve earned their slice, they don’t like to leave it willingly. While this sounds like a deliberate choice — and I think it is, initially — sometimes we forget that part. Our beloved hometowns become our comfort zones and, in turn, our own self-imposed prisons.
We forget that the walls of corn surrounding our slice of the American dream aren’t steadfast. We forget that we can, in fact, leave whenever our hearts desire. We forget that we originally settled where we did for security and comfort and, while we do have needs for both of these things, they will most likely never fulfill our desires to explore and learn and grow. We don’t realize that, if we venture out, we’ll probably not only survive, but also flourish.
As a solution to this problem, the folks at Adventure.com are offering up the encouragement to do just that. This is evident in their mission statement: “[…] to inspire people to break out of their comfort zone[s] and make their next adventure a reality.” And, also, in the sparks of written and photographic inspiration showcased so excellently by a beautifully minimal website design.
An impactful compilation of magnificent travel photos fills the background of the homepage. The most important navigation elements are overlaid in white directly atop the image area at the top of the page. Less crucial navigation items are contained within a slide-out menu accessed by a hamburger icon in the top, left corner. This allows for a less cluttered and, therefore, more visually stunning homepage.
On blog pages, the slide-out format of the menu expands in functionality to contain navigation via tags and categories. This expansion also makes room for a search box.
The Trips section of the site holds Adventures.com's prearranged trip packages. They are each illustrated in extraordinary fashion with beautiful photography from each location visited on the trip.
The Epics section houses the inspiring stories of die-hard adventurers. Of course, they are each illuminated with glorious photographs of the places each explorer has traveled, their personal writing, and illustrated maps.
Adventure.com's inspiring attitude and moving presence has definitely made me reconsider my rooted ways. Perhaps a vacation is in my near future!