About Adventure Travel Mentor.Com
Your adventure travel expert
name is Robert Felton, and I’d like to welcome you to Adventure
One of my goals with this Web site is to help newbie adventure
seekers find their own personal travel expert to help them take the first step towards experiencing new cultures,
visiting exotic lands and engaging nature’s beauty and its
The other goal is to enlighten veteran adventurers about new
and exciting opportunities. There’s plenty of inspiration here
whether you’re looking for overseas adventure travel experiences or
exciting things to do a little closer to home.
How I define adventure travel experiences Adventure travel activities are generally listed in two
categories: hard and soft. Hard activities are normally more
physically challenging and soft activities are considered by most to
be things pretty much anyone can do.
I may stray from conventional wisdom a little on this Web site due
to personal opinion. I’ve listed some experiences that I believe
could be considered either a hard or soft activity depending on the
level of intensity you choose and your own personal level of
I suggest you get advice from a travel expert if you have one (a travel guide or travel agent)
before booking a trip to make sure a particular activity is a good
fit for you.
How my passion for adventure travel began
I got my first taste of travel and adventure while hiking through
Volcano National Park in Rwanda on a gorilla trek.
Scouts were sent ahead of us to locate the gorillas, and it wasn’t
long before the guides had us follow them along a path they cleared
through a dense patch of lush green nettles.
And there they were… a small community of gorillas, and we were
right in the middle of
them. It was breathtaking.
The guides seemed to communicate with them by making grunting noises
and one of the “toddler” gorillas walked right up to me a sat down
about two meters from my feet.
Different gorillas passed to each side of me as if I were part of
their group, and a mother cuddled her baby in front of me while the
huge silverback raced back and forth showing intimidating displays
of dominance to let us all know who was in charge.
were no bars between us; nothing to separate us. It was like being
in the middle of a National Geographic wildlife documentary. I took
plenty of pictures, and a few video clips, but nothing could do
justice to what it was like to actually experience that time with
those magnificent animals... nothing.
From that day on I started thinking about my next adventure. I
couldn't find a travel expert to help me get the exact information I was
looking for, so I did the research and put it all up on
this Web site to help others add some excitement to their lives.
I live in Southern California, which is a veritable playground for
adventure. You can find just about any kind of activity you can
think of, so it’s a perfect place for me.
One of my favorite things to do is exploring the desert on a quad
(as you can see from the photo above). There’s so much to see from
the natural majesty, to the wildlife, to historical artifacts and
the desert seems to have a unique rhythm all its own, which I
been to China several times and experienced their culture, and I’ve
taken a couple of quick trips to Europe where I’ve toured London and
spent a good bit of time in Switzerland. Not a lot of travel yet,
but it's a start, and I'm going be traveling more and more in the years
to come in my personal quest for adventure.
In 2007 I traveled to Rwanda, in the heart of Africa, to work with
genocide survivors, and I went on a gorilla trek at the end of my
stay there. Working with the people of Rwanda is an incredible
adventure of its own, and the gorilla trek was completely surreal. I
took a second trip to Rwanda in 2009 and a third in 2011.
The real mentor
To be honest, I’m not the mentor here… this Web site is the real
mentor... your travel expert. As it builds and grows over time you’ll find information
from the experts for various overseas adventure travel experiences and
locations all over the world. And adventure travelers – people just
like you – will be able to post photos, stories and information so
that others can benefit from their keen insights and insider
We’re all going to learn from each other. So, I hope you choose to
participate and share your experiences, thoughts, comments and
knowledge via the invitations you’ll see throughout this Web site.
If you've done a fair amount of traveling then chances are you're a
travel expert in one way or another. Why not share your expertise with
others right here?
This quest for adventure travel is a lifelong learning experience, and I’m
in it with you all the way. Let’s take this journey together and
learn from each other.