Sometimes as outdoor lovers we get a little bit stuck in a rut. There may be plans for “the summer holiday” but in between big trips, not so much. This is why you need a mini adventure…
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The great thing about mini adventures is you don’t need to over-think them. Wake up early on a Saturday morning, stick a pin in a map and just go. It can be as easy as that.
The lighter the better. If you’re camping overnight, take a bivvy bag. So much lighter to carry than a tent and snug enough for a night or two.
Be Prepared For Bad Weather
It’s always best to be prepared, (even if you’re travelling in the desert). Weather forecasts can be wrong, you might get stuck somewhere… play it safe and be ready for wet or cold weather.
Do Something You Wouldn’t Normally Do
Explore your mini adventure location with a fresh pair of eyes. Leave inhibitions at home and look for opportunities. Become the Yes Man for a day or two.
Danny Wallace goes from the guy who stays in all the time to the guy who says YES to everything.
It changes his live. It gets a little crazy at times but it’s all mainly positive. There is a film version with Jim Carrey but the book is worth a read.
You Don’t Need To Go Far
It’s possible to have a mini adventure right on your doorstep. Just head somewhere you’ve never been before. Find a path you’ve never explored and see where it takes you.
Go With Friends
Take a friend or two to share the fun. Bivvying in the rain is way better when there’s someone to talk to. It may be a bit wet and soggy at the time, but it will be something to remember.
Do It Again
A mini adventure doesn’t have to be a one-off. Make it a habit! Next time you’re stuck for something to do – go on, have a mini adventure.
My favourite mini adventure is heading out for a run with no plans and just seeing where my feet will take me. What about you?