Come up with an idea that excites you
It doesn’t need to be a world first or completely over the top, as long as it excites you. Then pick a date when you will do it. And, finally, the hardest part of all: COMMIT to actually doing it!
Whether it is cycling to the sea, doing a hike, jumping out of a plane, or eating in a restaurant from a country you know nothing about, the hardest part is to break your ordinary routine and make yourself do it. It’s often easier if you rope in a few friends to join you.
Think about your 5-to-9
Many of our adventurous dreams and wishes are often pushed to the back of our minds by the realities of real life: commitments, money, and the constraints of a 9 to 5 job. But what about your ‘5 to 9’? On those long summer evenings you have time, even on a midweek work night, to squeeze a genuine adventure into your life. You could sleep on a hill under the stars, or make a journey around your own home. Try to seek out the opportunities for adventure in your life rather than feeling glum about the constraints.
Adventure travel is about possibility, discovery, and delight. The highlights of an adventure are often unplanned and can only be discovered by being open, smiling wide, and saying yes to opportunities, people, and places.
Pursue your passion to open doors and build bridges. Do you love football? Find a pickup game. Do you love to cook? Spend time interacting at the market. Love to play music? Find somewhere to jam with locals. You never know what opportunities are waiting for you.
CREATE + SHARE
Capture the essence of your experience and share it with others. Tell a story that inspires other people to travel and care about the people, their culture and places to visit. There are so many ways to document your trips..journal, sketches, scrapbooks. I love to take lots of video clips and then make a video montage of each trip and the things we got up too.
DO SOMETHING ACTIVE
There is no better, or more sustainable way to experience a destination than through human-powered adventure. Build sweat equity with a destination and it forever becomes a part of you. I much rather to walk or bike than taking a tram or cab so I can stop often and take in small details, especially when I’m in no rush. And who ever is on holiday?
GO SOMEWHERE NEW
I’m a big advocate for this and let’s face it, you are never going to see the whole world (now that’s a challenge) if you’re always going back to the same place. There has never been a better time to be an adventurist. Today, so many infrequently traveled countries are safe, stable, and open to adventure travelers that the only real worry is choosing where to go first.
GO. JUST GO
There’s always a reason to postpone. But don’t do that. Book a trip. Commit. You won’t regret it. Adventure travel can be very affordable, with extraordinary experiences available at every price point. Whether you have a week or 6 months, there’s a trip that’s right for you. Not going is the only thing you’ll regret.
Do you have any other tips to make a adventure stress free but insightful? I would love to know in the comments below.