Hiya! I’m Marianne.
I’m an Adventure Craver, which means I crave adventure like most people crave chocolate.
By day, I work a regular 9-to-5 job where I get to encourage people to travel to and explore the great state of Utah. By night, I plot and plan my next epic adventure.
I created AdventureCravers.com to share helpful tips, tricks, and resources that I hope will inspire and motivate you to live a life of adventure – even if we all can’t quit our jobs and travel full time.
Since I’m not independently wealthy, I’m a budget traveler and adventurer. I’m always on the lookout for a good deal, I travel during shoulder and off-seasons, and visit places that are off the beaten path. I avoid crowds at all costs and love to go to places most people don’t even know exist and are as far away from the tourist trap as possible. I usually never pay full price for gear and know when and where to find flight deals. I’ve learned a lot about budget and adventure travel and am happy to share that knowledge with you.
Adventure means different things to different people. My favorite definition of adventure comes from Alastair Humphreys in his book, Grand Adventures. He writes:
“Adventure – something that’s new and exhilarating. Outside your Comfort Zone. Adventures change you and how you see the world. And all you need is an open mind, bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity.” – Alastair Humphreys
I have craved adventure ever since I was little. To me, adventure cravings mean aching to see places that I have only ever read about, meeting people whose culture and traditions are different than my own, and experiencing things most people only ever dream about.
Over the last 8 or so years, I’ve been able to see and do many things and have learned a lot along the way. Adventures have been near and far. They’ve been shorter weekend trips or longer two or three-week trips. Yes to most people outside the U.S., 3 weeks is still a short trip. (What is wrong with us!??)
I’ve found myself petting cheetahs in Namibia, shark cage diving in Hawaii, learning to sail on an expedition sailing yacht in the middle of the Atlantic, hitchhiking in Iceland, canyoneering in southern Utah, and trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
There’s still so much I want to see, do and experience. Some people have “Bucket Lists.” I have an “Adventure Cravings Bucket List.”
I hope to share useful information I’ve learned throughout the years, connect you with experiences you’ll remember forever, and inspire you to live more adventurously no matter your situation. Because life really is too short just to write emails and attend meetings.
So thanks for being here. I genuinely appreciate it…and you.
Let the Adventures Begin!