“Sometimes all you need is to climb a simple hill, to spend time staring at an empty horizon, to jump into a cold river or sleep under the stars, or perhaps share a whiskey at a small country inn in order to remind yourself what matters most to you in life.”
– Alastair Humphreys,
Where are you right now while reading this? Sitting in your office chair, typing away the day? Or perhaps you’re lounging on a couch, half-watching T.V. between scrolling through your phone, seeing what else the world is up to.
Look around wherever you are right now, and now ask yourself — where do you wish you were right now? The common answer: probably anywhere where but where you are, right? Maybe you’re out of vacation days. . .or just pining over photos of your Facebook friend’s exotic travels (oh, the beaches. . .palm trees. . .mountains!) while you’re on a destination to nowhere.
But guess what? You (and everyone from every walk of life) can have a fun getaway. . . EVERY SINGLE DAY.
How? With a lil’ MICROADVENTURE.
What is a microadventure? It is “an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding” according to Alstair Humphreys, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012 who created this entire phenomenon. Think of it as an outdoor escape from your daily routine grind. Stopping at a random beach or lake after work. Exploring a new trail a 20-minute drive away. Heading out to a hill to watch the sunset. Laying in a beautiful meadow watching the clouds. Whatever it may be, it’s a reminder that nature and opportunity are always around you — whether you live in a city or a small rural town. You don’t have to spend tons of money or travel the globe to feel FREE and stirred by your surroundings.
Don’t know where to start? You will after reading “Get more out of life: 25 microadventures you can start today“, written by Refuga founder, Nikolaj Astrup Madsen. There are such easy and inspiring ideas in there from”Try Alternate Therapy,” and “Take a Bike from A to B” to “Participate in a MeetUp” and “Participate in a Race”, just to name a few.
One microadventure that fueled me recently was unexpected…and during work hours! Last Friday my boss, fellow team member (graphic designer), and I took a random mini “field trip” at our landscaping company site. We took a walk break around our new wellness path that looped around a pond, followed by a golf card drive back through 13,000 trees & seeds in the backyard nursery (plus a casual information overview about the process from the nursery manager). My boss encouraged me to keep inspired and write down lists of article topics or angles like this (or anything out of the box) for our magazine or internal newsletter. Then the three of us left work early and enjoyed a leisurely lunch at a nice cafe, treated by my boss. Delightful detour accomplished!
Sure, we could have been knee-deep in another project by our desks that day. But sometimes a change of perspective (and pace) is exactly what we need to recharge. We all can seek out new sights or break through ruts if we allow ourselves to. Explore more — both at work and play — and you will feel sparks of inspiration start flaming again.
For the super adventure adrenaline junkies out there, start thinking about the kinds of places or lifestyle you want to have. A well-traveled life is possible for you — digital nomads (people who work by computer and travel/live around the world at the same time) are on the rise. Check out sites like Remote Year (where you’ll be traveling with 50-80 fellow workers to 12 cities around the world, in one full year) or Unsettled (where you can live anywhere one month at a time, with a private work space, coworking office options, workshops and more provided). The world is your oyster!
Regardless of trips big or (micro)small, adventure is always only a step (or thought) away.
I hope you have been able to relax this Labor Day weekend. . .and maybe see or go to one place out of the ordinary for you. ?
What do you think of microadventures (and what ideas most call to you)? Share your thoughts or examples in the comments!