Attention adventure travelers – you can now incorporate sustainable travel practices into your globetrotting adventures thanks to Adventure Junky, now available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
An Australian startup founded by Fuchsia Sims and Nigel Malone, Adventure Junky is a rapidly growing social network and travel game. The app that was created in hopes of saving the planet from mass tourism one adventure at a time promotes sustainable travel by awarding users points and patches for low-impact experiences while showcasing the destinations and travel operators that offer them.
Over 1,000 adventures across over 100 countries are currently featured, and each adventure is allocated a score based on a patent-pending algorithm. For example, cycling Death Valley is worth 5,810 points while hiking Half Dome is worth 3,430 points. The more adventures a user completes, the more points he or she earns and the higher up the leader board he goes. Friends can play against one another or compete globally for bragging rights.
“By turning sustainable travel into a game, we aim to help protect the people and conserve the environments we love for generations to come,” said Malone.
I was excited to sign up for a free Adventure Junky account to learn about adventures near and far. After immediately falling for volcano surfing in Nicaragua and fat biking the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland, I honed in on two closer-to-home adventures: birding at Gateway National Recreational Area in New York and hiking in the Catskills, also in New York. I am a sucker for birds, so I think I’ll have to plan a trip to Gateway National Recreation Area!
Not such a big adventure traveler that you think you’d use the app? You can still use it as I did today – as a source of inspiration for identifying my next adventure – as well as connecting with like-minded adventurers.
Learn more about Adventure Junky via their website, here.