How to Find Adventure

03 December 2021
  • There are many reasons why you might lead a life that revolves around working a 9-5 so we’ve got some tips for finding outdoor adventures when you have a full-time job.

    Look locally

    You don’t need to travel thousands of miles to find adventure. Some of the best outdoor activities are those that force you to see familiar places in a new light. Buy a map of your local area and seek out lakes, rivers, hilltops, and green spaces you’ve never noticed before. Grab a picnic and a friend and go check those places out. You’ll be amazed at what you find.

    Use your evenings and weekends

    Time can be the biggest adventure-killer. You may not have as much of it as you’d like to go adventuring, but if you’re clever, you can make the most of what you do have. Don’t let yourself believe that midweek evenings or weekends are too short to be meaningful. An hour or two can go a very long way.

    Make time – Get away for a day trip

    So, you’ve managed to plan a midweek adventure. Now, treat that adventure as if it were the most important business meeting you’ve ever had. It’s all too easy to get drawn into staying late at the office but think about all those times you really haven’t been able to stay because you had a plane to catch, dinner with a friend or a gig to make. A midweek adventure should be no different. Don’t overthink it. Shut the laptop down at five and leave. Better yet, take a day or a few hours off and find adventure locally. If you’re able to get away for day, an afternoon, or just a few hours, you’ll thank yourself tomorrow.

    Stay curious

    When we were kids, even a trip into the back yard was an adventure. Now as an adult, we wonder how to have an adventure amid all our daily stresses. Sometimes it’s as simple as tapping into that child-like mindset as often as you can. The other week, I travelled to dinner with a friend on rollerblades – simply because they were there, staring out at me from a dusty shelf, and I wondered how it might feel. Low and behold, it felt awesome (well, the parts I stayed upright did).

    Use your commute

    You probably spend anywhere between thirty minutes and two hours of each day commuting to work. Ask yourself how you could make that journey more adventurous. Even changing up your commute or part of your commute just once a week can make a difference. Maybe you can you park the car three miles out and walk for an hour. Or find an off-road trail to run instead of your usual cycle. Get creative with lies between you and your workplace and turn something that’s a necessity into a real joy.

    Feed your inner adventurer

    On the days where you just can’t find time for outdoor activities, start the day with a Ted Talk over breakfast. Read a blog about a country you’ve always wanted to travel to over lunch. Go to a talk in the evening on a subject you’re really interested in. Read a tourism guidebook for a place you’re planning to go to or map out your next trip. Carve out time each day for the things that make you feel alive. Because when you feel alive, adventures will find you. It’s that easy.

    By Anna McNuff