It starts with a quest (a purpose search from something) of epic proportions--long or unknown. It's obvious why this type of book -- the hero setting out into the unknown -- would be deemed an adventure. Actually, the quest is such a common literary device, the books that fall into this genre can often easily fit into another. Take for example, The Hobbit, by J.R. Tolkien in which the plot is driven by the quest on which Bilbo Baggins in sent. This hefty tome is, indeed, an epic adventure, but most often it is categorized as a high fantasy novel.
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Whether on a road trip to parts unknown or making an attempt to scale the highest peaks, the characters open themselves (rather than being forced into) to learning new things in a bigger world. The events could happen and in many faces, did happen.
Often, but not always. Many piece of literature, particularly historical novels, are driven by events that require the character to move between settings. That movement is not the point nor what drives the plot. When an element of travel is incidental to the plot it is not an epic adventure.
Modern Literary Examples:
12 Epic Travels of YA
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