Adventures don’t have to be expensive, time consuming or costly. With a little preparation and a tiny amount of money, the excitement of the unknown can be right on your door step. You don’t need to walk to the South Pole, ride a bicycle across America or climb Everest. Though, all three would be adventures of a life time, but not everyone has the time or funds for such extravagant expeditions.
What is an adventure? According to the dictionary it defines an adventure as ‘an exciting or very unusual experience.’ So think about it, there are adventures all around us, just waiting to be set in motion.
What could you do? It could be anything that you haven’t done before. To push yourself mentally or physically. Step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. I believe everyone, yes, EVERYONE is quite capable and should have some kind of adventure at least once a month. Here are some ideas.
- Sleep on top of a hill or mountain.
- Cycle a century (100 miles) in one day.
- Overnight cycle tour.
- Walk to your friends house, who lives in a neighboring town or city.
- Find the source of a river and raft down it.
- See how many geo-caches you can find in one weekend.
- Sleep in the ruins of a historic building.
- See how far you can travel in 24 hours.
- Aim to run a marathon by this time next year.
The adventure doesn’t even have to be physically demanding, it could be a cultural or creative one.
- Explode your taste buds, visit a different ethnic restaurant every week.
- 365 day photo project or video blog every day for a month.
- Spend a day being a tourist in your own city.
What am I planning?
For the next few months, I’ll be sharing a few of my mini adventures with you. Some are going to push me physically, others will test me in different ways. I shall explore my new home – New York and the surrounding areas. I’m on a tight budget at the moment, mainly because I don’t have an income, but that’s not going to stop me having a good time, no sir, not on your life.
I don’t like rules, but to keep me in line with the spirit of adventures and challenges, I’ve set myself just one rule to follow.
It’s called ‘Bicycle Mini Adventures’ for a reason. Each of these adventures must have something to do with bicycles, or bicycle travel.
Now, leave the iPhone at home. Work will still be there when you get back. Grab a tent, maps and/or a bicycle and head out for the weekend.