What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

It is a big amazing world out there.  With the advent of the internet and social media, there is a flood of exotic images and far away places being pushed to us constantly.  For a lot of the places we like visiting, this means roughing it.  Backpacks, tents, hiking shoes, etc… are common items on our adventure travel check lists.  We are no strangers to doing without a lot of basic creature comforts.  This by no means is the only way we travel.  Cathy and I are always open for any kind of travel, even ones that don’t involve beds that roll up and fit in your backpack.  Our latest travel was just such an occasion.  This is what happens when an adventure traveler experiences luxury.

Cathy and I both love the outdoors.  In fact, the only thing that rivals Cathy’s love of outdoors is her love of street art.   This love of street art was the focus of our most recent trip to Montreal.  We were attending Montreal’s Mural Festival, that celebrated artists from all over the world.  Montreal is a fantastic city but not exactly a place you need to “rough it” in any way.  For practical reasons, we decided that we’d stay in a hotel that was close to the heart of the festivities, but because it was our anniversary we decided that something special was in order.  We ventured into the world of luxury by staying at the Omni Mont-Royal.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
Entering the lap of luxury

First Realization

The first realization an adventure traveler experiences when venturing into the world of luxury is that we over packed.  The concept of not having to make sure we have everything we could possibly need in whatever emergency in the wilderness is tough to let go.  The panic of “oh my God, we forgot extra batteries for the headlamps” really isn’t a concern when you are in the heart of a city like Montreal.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
Exploring the Golden Mile

The Omni sits in the heart of the Golden Square Mile of Montreal.  Anything and everything we could possible need or want was walking distance from the hotel.  Luxury aside, being able to not worry about stuff like that was the best.

Taking “Walking Distance” Too Far

We were told that the street art we came to see was “walking distance” away.  Being no strangers to trekking, we thought no problem.  Well what we didn’t take into account was how much walking we’d end up doing over the entire day.  The Montreal Mural Festival extends a considerable distance with pieces of art all over the city.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
Unique art is everywhere
What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
Sadly this was the only moose we ran across

Try as we might, there just was no way to see it all.  In between all the walking, there was lots of standing, shopping, setting up for photos, and general activity.

Boy did we underestimate the day.  By the time we returned to the hotel, it was very late at night and we had walked close to 10 miles.  Another bonus pleasure was being able to collapse on a comfy bed, instead of crawling into a tent.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
Comfy bed, no assembly required

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

Views From the Tub

Getting a spectacular view is just one of the reasons hikers strive to reach the summit.  Being rewarded for the effort with a view like no other is really special.  The view we got from our hotel room was amazing.  The skyline of the city at night was fantastic.  The Omni was able to add to this experience in a big way.  Imagine having this one of a kind view, while soaking in a tub larger than most people’s bathroom.   While there was a little guilt that we didn’t trek for hours to reach this summit, indulging in the luxury was something very much appreciated.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
Chocolate and giant tub is our kind of luxury

Experiencing the “Golden Mile”

As mentioned earlier, our hotel was along this area of Montreal called the Golden Square Mile.  Walking out of the hotel it wasn’t hard to figure out why.  The best of the best is all around you.  Walking up the street past the flags of all nations, art is everywhere.  Sculptures of every kind, material, and artistic influence beautify and enrich this extravagant area.  The shops, dining, and general fun is everywhere.   You’ll never be suffering from lack of things to do, just time to do them all.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury
One of the fantastic places we ate in Montreal – MKT

Ditching the Labels

Being an adventure traveler, you quickly learn to adapt to your surroundings.  Although luxury wouldn’t be something necessarily difficult to become accustomed to experiencing, it does seem to challenge the labels being applied.  Can an adventure traveler survive in luxury, or vice versa?…of course they can.  In fact why even label it?  If this little adventure taught us anything, it is that your experiences are some of the best things you can get in life.  Forget what you want to call it, eco travel, luxury travel, adventure travel.  It is a life experience and it is the best.

What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

We received a media rate for our stay at Omni Mont- Royal .  As always all opinions are honest and our own.

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See the amazing street art of the Mural Festival

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What Happens When An Adventure Traveler Experiences Luxury

About Frank

Frank is the creator of the RoarLoud website, go to guy for gear reviews and Cathy's IT guy. I know that stands for information technology but Cathy calls him her "IT" guy because he is everything! A lover of nature and a curious soul he tries new adventures eagerly. Fortunately he is also the voice of reason to level out Cathy's wildcat side.
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4 Comment

  1. Maria says: Reply

    You can definitely be adventurous AND experience Luxury at the same time. It is adventurous to try new things, no matter what they are. And who could say no to this view? I probably would have into a permanent raisin and never left that bathtub 😉

    1. I may have stayed a bit too long in the tub:) Adding some luxury to our lives is something we both loved!

  2. We had that experience a few years ago when a luxury hotel invited us for a weekend stay in exchange for a blog post. We laughed at our own naivete, ignorance, and curiosity over everything luxurious. For example, even though our meals were free, we couldn’t help it but check out the prices BEFORE ordering. LOL! 😀

    1. It is a different experience:) We have indulged at times but our suite was above and beyond! Being pampered is very nice. Cheers to all types of travel!

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