Microadventure: the new travel trend?


The tourism sector is constantly evolving, and it's crucial for travel agencies to keep abreast of the latest trends to meet their customers' expectations. Among these emerging trends, microadventures are becoming increasingly popular with travelers looking for an authentic, accessible experience. But what exactly is microadventure, and how can travel agencies position themselves in this promising niche?

As travel experts, it's our responsibility to accompany our customers towards enriching and memorable experiences, while adapting to their new needs. Microadventures represent a real opportunity for agencies to stand out from the crowd and build customer loyalty by offering tailor-made trips that combine adventure and proximity.

Find out how to ride the microadventure wave and turn this trend into a growth driver for your agency!

1. What is microadventure?🤔

The microadventure concept was popularized by British adventurer Alastair Humphreys. After traveling the length and breadth of the planet, including Alaska, Siberia, South America and Africa, he decided to spend a year in his home country, the UK. After this experience, he suggests ideas for adventures close to home.

A microadventure is defined as a short, simple, local and affordable adventure that provides an escape from everyday life and a reconnection with nature. Unlike a traditional trip, which often requires lengthy preparation and a substantial budget, a microadventure takes place over a short period of time (generally less than 48 hours), focusing on exploration close to home, and with limited means.

Sleeping under the stars in a forest a few kilometers from home, taking a random train, stopping at any station you like and returning by bike or swimming in a lake is, for each of us, an adventure in itself. So there's no need to climb Annapurna or float down the Amazon River to quench your thirst for discovery.‍

The key principles of microadventure are as follows:

  • Simplicity: no need for specific equipment or special skills, the idea is to set off with a minimum of equipment and make do with what you have: a real adventure!
  • Proximity: this adventure begins right from the doorstep, by exploring the surrounding area and rediscovering your territory in a new light.
  • Disconnection: the microadventure is an opportunity to cut yourself off from the hectic pace of everyday life, to let go and reconnect with what's essential.
  • Accessibility: with little time and money, everyone can enjoy an experience tailored to their desires and abilities.

In short, the microadventure invites "people with normal lives" to enjoy nature close to home. Everyone is free to do so at their own pace, for a few hours during the week after work or over a weekend. One of the most important points is the discovery, rediscovery and exploration of our environment. ‍‍‍

2. Why microadventures are so appealing👀

The growing success of microadventures can be attributed to a number of factors:

Daily escape and busy schedules

Microadventures are winning over more and more people thanks to their simple concept: escape from everyday life without the need for lengthy preparations or distant travel. In a world where schedules are often overloaded, microadventures are an attractive alternative. It's a refreshing break in the great outdoors, even for those with little time to spare. This form of local adventure is easily accessible, offering everyone the chance to break the routine without major constraints.

Reconnecting with nature and authenticity

Another major attraction of microadventure is the growing need to reconnect with nature and enjoy authentic experiences. In a hyper-connected world, the desire to immerse oneself in open-air environments and distance oneself from mass tourism is becoming increasingly prevalent. This type of adventure encourages the exploration of local treasures, the use of less-traveled paths and sincere exchanges with locals, all of which considerably enrich the travel experience.

Ecological awareness and the quest for meaning

Ecological awareness and the quest for meaning are also factors influencing the rise of microadventures. Today's travelers are increasingly keen to minimize their environmental impact and travel responsibly. Microadventures meet this expectation by promoting travel that reduces carbon footprints and supports local economies. It is part of a sustainable and conscious approach to tourism, in line with current concerns about nature and the environment.

Personal challenge and discovery

Microadventures can also be synonymous with personal challenges and the search for new experiences. It offers the opportunity to step out of one's comfort zone, to be pushed towards discovery, to push back one's own limits and to gain self-confidence. It's an adventure that invites you to dare, to surpass yourself, and to explore the unknown. Microadventures are powerful, life-changing experiences, often far more so than traditional vacations.

Faced with these new aspirations, travel agencies have the opportunity to strategically position themselves in the microadventure segment. By meeting the expectations of their customers, who are looking for original and meaningful travel experiences, they can set themselves apart from the competition. Offering microadventures means offering distinctive added value and aligning with current consumer trends in the tourism sector.

3. Who to suggest microadventure to🎯

Microadventures appeal to a wide range of customers in search of escape and authenticity:

  • City dwellers looking for a true weekend getaway in the great outdoors, without having to travel too far from home.
  • Families who want to share special moments and raise their children's awareness of the environment, through fun and educational activities.
  • Groups of friends who want to enjoy an unusual experience and create lasting memories, by taking on challenges together and strengthening their bond.
  • Solo travelers who want to get out of their comfort zone, discover new things and meet new people, while feeling safe and accompanied on their adventure.
  • Couples who want to rekindle the flame and get away from the daily grind, by experiencing intense moments of togetherness in the heart of nature.
  • Companies looking to strengthen team cohesion and stimulate creativity, through original and meaningful seminars or team-building events.

By identifying the profiles of customers potentially interested in microadventures, travel agencies can target their offer and adapt their communications to reach the right audience.

4. How to integrate it into your travel offer🔎

There are several ways for travel agencies to position themselves in the microadventure niche:

  • Identify the natural and cultural assets of their territory to propose original and varied microadventure ideas, according to the seasons and the desires of their customers.
  • Create partnerships with local service providers (guides, accommodation providers, equipment rental companies...) to offer turnkey packages and facilitate the organization of microadventures.
  • Highlight their expertise in the field and their in-depth knowledge of destinations to offer tailor-made experiences, adapted to the expectations and profiles of their customers.
  • Offer additional services to make life easier for their customers and accompany them before, during and after their experience: equipment lists, practical advice, 24/7 assistance, specific insurance...
  • Communicate in an inspiring and educational way about the microadventure concept, sharing testimonials, photos and videos to inspire their customers to get started, while promoting the merits of this nature-friendly adventure in its own right.
  • Organize events or challenges to bring microadventure to life for their community and create a positive dynamic around this trend.

By integrating microadventures into their offer, travel agencies are demonstrating that they are in tune with the new aspirations of their customers, and that they know how to reinvent themselves to offer them ever more meaningful experiences.

5. What's in it for you?📈

Year-round business for your agency

Microadventures, an innovative concept in tourism, offer your travel agency the opportunity to extend its activities throughout the year, guaranteeing continuity of operation and diversification of offerings. In the Occitanie region, for example, it's possible to offer hiking excursions to the summit of Mount Canigou from June to October, allowing you to contemplate the splendor of nature. In the shoulder seasons, climbing the walls of the Gorges du Tarn is an enriching experience, ideal in spring and autumn. In addition, the Anjou region lends itself to year-round exploration by bike, offering an ongoing discovery of the jewels of the Loire.

By choosing a microadventure strategy, your customers will benefit from an authentic and varied experience, far from the hustle and bustle of the high season. This approach makes it possible to offer personalized stays, responding to a growing demand for responsible, local travel. In this way, your agency positions itself as a key player in the promotion of sustainable and accessible tourism, strengthening the bond with your customers and contributing to local dynamism.

Microadventure, a committed initiative

Microadventure is perfectly in tune with an eco-responsible approach, and allows you to immerse yourself in a local experience, all year round. In the Occitanie region, climbing the majestic Canigou is a must-do activity from June to October, offering breathtaking panoramas. The Gorges du Tarn, meanwhile, are ideal for climbing and exploring during the spring and autumn seasons, promising thrills in a breathtaking natural setting.

Exploring the varied landscapes of the Loire by bike from Angers is a year-round adventure, revealing wonders of heritage and nature at every turn. This type of microadventure offers your customers an authentic experience, far from the hustle and bustle of the high tourist season.

By choosing eco-friendly means of transport such as train, bike or even walking, and by favoring carpooling when the car becomes necessary, you actively contribute to reducing your carbon footprint. Microadventures are a concrete response to today's ecological challenges, while at the same time responding to the quest for meaning and authenticity sought by today's travelers. To find out more about sustainable tourism, read this article.


Microadventure is much more than a passing trend: it's a real adventure, an exploration that challenges our relationship with travel and nature. By offering an authentic and accessible escape, microadventures meet the aspirations of a clientele in search of discovery, simplicity and disconnection.

For travel agencies, riding the microadventure wave represents a real opportunity to stand out from the crowd and build customer loyalty, by offering tailor-made trips that are off the beaten track. By accompanying their customers in the organization of their experience, agencies assert their role as advisors and experts, going beyond simple booking.

So, are you ready to make microadventure your new hobbyhorse? With a little boldness and creativity, this trend can become a real growth driver for your agency. It's up to you!

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FAQ : Microadventure

What types of activities can be included in a microadventure?

Activities can range from hiking, biking, kayaking and climbing, to nature survival workshops, visits to local farms and outdoor yoga sessions. The important thing is to offer immersion in a different, stimulating setting.

How do you ensure customer safety during a microadventure?

It's essential to work with experienced guides and service providers who are familiar with the area and safety measures. Provide your customers with a list of what they need to bring, and inform them of the precautions they need to take depending on the activity (e.g. sun protection, hydration, specific equipment).

Are microadventures suitable for all ages and fitness levels?

Yes, one of the strengths of microadventures is their adaptability. It's possible to tailor the experience to the age, interests and fitness levels of our customers, for example, by offering gentler or more demanding activities.

How do you make microadventures attractive to international customers?

Even for international travelers, microadventures can be an interesting complement to a longer stay. Emphasize authenticity and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture through unique experiences.

Can microadventures be integrated into existing travel packages?

Yes, it's possible and even recommended. Microadventures can be a great way to diversify your agency's offerings and add value to your existing packages. For example, you could offer a day's hiking or kayaking as an additional option in a vacation package.

How do you go about organizing microadventures?

Specific training is recommended for organizing microadventures. This may include training in risk management, planning or event management. It can also be useful to familiarize yourself with the different activities you plan to include in your microadventures, such as kayaking, climbing or hiking.

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