adventure: 1. an exciting or very unusual experience. 2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises.
It seems that every where you look, someone you know is going off on a grand adventure. Maybe you’d like a little adventure, too, but you just don’t know how. It might seem too expensive, or too time consuming. Maybe you just don’t know where to start. Too many choices and decisions bog you down. Or maybe the thought of stepping out of your daily life causes insecurity and anxiety. All these feelings have been overcome by others who seek out adventure, and you can overcome it too. I am here to tell you that YES! You can go on adventure. Here are a few steps on how to adventure, and get you on you way to an exciting experience.
How To Adventure
First, rethink your definition of what an adventure has to be. A six month backpacking trip around the world? Of course that is an adventure, but so is discovering a new place to go near your own city. By keeping your adventures local, they will not be time consuming and it reduces travel expenses. I am a big fan of finding adventures in the everyday. Which means that maybe my next adventure is only an hour away from my house.
I love to be outdoors, and consider any outdoor activity an adventure. Within an hour from my home I have been: tubing down a crystal clear river, swimming through spring fed caves, canoeing within inches of Florida alligators, cooking outdoors off of my bike, picking blueberries, and zip lining through the treetops. All these adventures were exciting experiences for me. As a bonus, they were close to home and not expensive. (Well, we did accidentally pick $60 worth of blueberries, BUT they were delicious…). A good place to start is with a Google search of “Things to do [your city]”. This should display some popular spots and give you are starting point for new adventures near your town.
Plan Your Activity
Did your Google search maybe put you on information overload? Do you feel overwhelmed with choices, and out of frustration, end up choosing nothing? Try to narrow down your fields. Instead of searching for “Things to Do”, search for a specific activity. Choose one or two activities that you already enjoy, and start your adventure search based on that.
I love trail running, and that is the first thing I research when visiting a new town. By searching only about trails to explore, I can plan an adventure without information overload. Do you want to make it even easier? Find an organized event based on your activity, and all that’s left for you to do is register and participate! A perfect example of this is running trail races. This is one of my favorite ways to find awesome trail runs in new cities. I have used the site Running in the USA to search for races and plan several of my out of state trail races. This is a great way for me to get acquainted with the local trails of an area I am new to visiting. What activity do you like to do? Start searching and find something new!
Yes! You Can Adventure
Maybe you have gotten this far before. You’ve defined an adventure that works for your time and budget. You’ve found a place and activity to try. But then you just can’t get yourself to actually go. Something holds you back. You are used to your daily routine, and even though your adventure idea sounds fun, it also sounds….HARD. You worry that you’ll get lost, or something will go wrong, or you won’t really enjoy it after all (and you just should have stayed home and finished the laundry). The excuses crop up too easy: It’s too far. I have a lot of things to do. It costs money to go.
This is the time that you definitely NEED to go on your adventure, how ever big or small it is. This is you being all too comfortable in your comfort zone, and it is time to take a step out of it. Don’t be afraid to try something new, plan your adventure and DO it! Adventure is defined as an exciting or unusual experience because it IS different from your daily routine. So go out there and do something different! And when you see other people sharing their adventures? Be inspired by them. Be inspired to go on your own adventures, and discover your own exciting or unusual experiences. Share your adventure to inspire someone else who is hesitating on their’s.
Share with me: What adventure have you been wanting to go on? I’d love to hear about it and help you take your steps to get there!
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