“I would love to go off on an adventure, but I just don’t have the time” – I hear this all the time. Nowadays it seems like everyone is always super busy and overbooked. We have all these amazing technologies available to us to help us be more efficient. Yet we constantly complain about never having enough time. The truth is, you are never going to magically have time to do everything that’s on your bucket list. It’s up to you to prioritise what really matters to you and to actively create space for it in your diary.
Read on for some tips on how to make adventures happen within your busy every day life:
Tip 1: Start small, it doesn’t always have to be mega epic
Many people think that you need to leave your job or take extended leave to be able to experience an adventure. I’m not going to lie, having a large chunk of time available to go on a trip of a lifetime is amazing. But it is also absolutely possible to fit some pretty incredible adventures into your annual leave, your weekends or even your evenings. Here are some microadventure ideas to get you going:
- A 3-day cycle touring trip leaving from your home
- A long trail run followed by an open water swim in a lake or in the sea
- A multi-day sea kayaking expedition (if you live near Scotland, the Isle of Skye is perfect for that)
- A 2-day hike near where you live including a night of wild camping
- Hiking a section of a through-hike (for example the Pacific Crest Trail in the US or the Te Araroa in New Zealand)
- A multi-day stand-up paddle boarding journey down a river
Tip 2: Set yourself a challenge
You have probably heard of “100 sit ups a day” or “21-day Yoga” or “1 month without sugar” challenges before. One reason these “challenges” tend to be effective is because they push you to practice something repetitively over a certain period of time. This leads to the creation of a habit. The hardest part is always to get started but once we are in the habit of doing something, it becomes so much easier to stick with it.
So why not set yourself a “12 adventures in 12 months” challenge for 2018?
Tip 3: Put it in the calendar
Once you have decided about your adventure and made an estimate about the number of days it will take you, pick a date and then commit to it by putting it in your calendar. This simple act will reinforce your commitment and help make it happen. It will give you a “deadline” which will help you get after your trip preparation, it will make you feel more accountable and it will motivate you as the adventure gets closer.
Tip 4: Get your friends involved
Getting your friends involved in your adventure trip is not only a great way to spend time together (adds a bit of variety to the usual Friday night pub crawl). It will also help create accountability. If you are planning an adventure as a group you are less likely to bail out a few days before just because the the weather forecast doesn’t look ideal or because you are too busy at work. You won’t want to let the rest of the group down.
So what will your first 2018 adventure be?