Adventure isn’t just for other countries and far away lands.
So many people tell me “I wish I could travel, I wish I could do what you’re doing”. I admit that I’m lucky to have the means and ability to be where I am right now. But guys, travel isn’t just quitting your job, going to other countries or bathing elephants. It sounds so cool when you say it like that, but adventure can be done in many doses. In my opinion, adventure is about attitude.
When I get home, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll put on the blog – because I do want to keep blogging. I’ve decided that I’m going to keep adventures going. I’ll continue to travel on weekends, days off and whenever I can. I’ll keep doing adventures and sharing them with you.
Before I get home though, I want to show you how easy it is go to get some adventure in your life. So, let’s get you suited up!
Step 1: Pick an activity or destination.
Parameters: There must be an aspect to your choice that you have not done before.
Goal: To experience something new.
For example: If you live in a small town, you could pick a museum you haven’t been to before. If you’ve totally exhausted your local area, go on a night they are having a special event of some kind – that is our aspect of newness, also allowing us to repurpose old adventures.
Step 2: Pick a date and time.
Parameters: You must be able to stick with the commitment.
Goal: To have a deadline, and something to look forward to!
Whether you’ve decided to try a new restaurant or visit a city two states away, you’ll need to put it on the calendar!
Depending on how complex your goal is, you might need more or less time. If I decided to take my dog to that fancy dog park an hour away, that’s much more flexible than a weekend getaway to Boston. Either way, look at your schedule, find out when you’re available and pencil it in!
Note: This particular exercise is geared toward getting an adventure in ASAP, so I recommend picking more manageable adventures at this time. The idea is more to learn to recognize how life can be a series of small adventures, rather than only big life-changing things as adventures.
Step 3: Do some research and get yourself psyched!
Parameters: Google your adventure and read the top three results.
Goal: To become excited about ONE particular aspect of the adventure.
Sometimes when you go somewhere new, it can be easy to get sucked into a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out). Growing up, when my family would go on vacation my mom would have a giant list of things we’d have to do or see. This, then this, then this – I felt like we were always running to the next thing. At least it seemed that way to me as a kid with an attention span of a gnat. Once I became an adult, I knew I didn’t want to feel obligated to see a bunch of things.
When I adventure, I pick one, maybe two, things that I realllllly want to see or do. If I can do more than that, great! If not, no big because I know I’ll be able to accomplish at least those one or two things on my list – everything else is gravy.
Example: Let’s say you’ve decided to go camping this weekend. Research the campground so that you feel prepared to find your space when you get there. What is it that you’re looking forward to about camping? Setting up a tent? Building a fire? Whatever it is, do the research so that you’re prepared to succeed at that thing. You’ll set that tent up so good, baby.
Example 2: If you’re doing something simple like trying a new restaurant, go look at the menu. Read reviews, seeing what other people suggest as “must tries”. Figure out what you want to order. Start thinking about what you want to wear. Whatever it takes to get your fire stoked!
Step 4: Get your finances in order.
Parameters: Find out how much your adventure will cost.
Goal: To feel good about the money you’re spending.
It’s $15/night for a campsite? You’ll be there two nights? Great, that’s $30…don’t forget about tax! What about supplies? You want to make your own fire – better buy that fancy self-starting log for $4 (or maybe I’m projecting my own fire-starting issues on you).
Calculate your budget taking the following things into consideration:
- Transport costs
- Lodging costs, if any
- Admission fees, if any
- Special rates and discounts
- Costs specific to your points of interest from step 3 (if you wanted to get that special cocktail with a glow stick, it probably costs extra)
Step 5: Pack it up!
Parameters: Make a list and check it twice.
Goal: Make sure you have everything you need so your adventure is a successful, positive experience.
This might be uber easy or simply simple depending on what your adventure is. If you’re not sure what you’ll need, do what I do: I’m lazy so I usually google a packing list. “Packing list for camping” “visiting a new dog park” – whatever it is!
Gather all your gear then set it aside in a special location so that it’s ready for your big day!
Congratulations! You’ve officially got an adventure on the books!
That was the easy part – really. Sticking to the plan, and enjoying it, is the hard part. A few things to keep in mind while you’re out on your adventure. Attitude really does make up the majority of how adventur-ey your adventure will be.
Keep these things in mind:
- Stay positive. If you’re stuck in the pits, come up with three things that you’re grateful for. Number 1 should be the fact that you’re on the adventure in the first place!
- Try to find joy in the face that you’re doing something new, embrace the unknown.
- It’s okay to readjust your plan. I came home a little early from my traveling, and that was just fine.