In the past years I have been on quite a few big adventures.
I have driven 4000 km with a trailer tent all through France to Barcelona and Bilbao in Spain.
I have driven another 4000 km with that same trailer tent all through Denmark and Sweden.
And although those were wonderful, adventurous trips, I found myself quite in need of ‘less’ this year. Less driving, less locations, less mounting and dismounting tents, less doing, less responsibility, less kilometers, less planning, less organising, less everything.
Normally I have booked my summer vacation come November. This year was different. I only recently booked 10 days of house rental in Crete. Still some organising, planning, flying, driving etc. But a lot less than the last years.
Which made me think of adventures in general. And how we define them.
As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, he was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been.
A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.
And looking back at my year, I have had quite a few of those!
Because, when you really think about it, anything can be a micro adventure…
- Going for a hike on a trail you’ve never been.
- Visiting that museum you have never entered before.
- Drinking a coffee in the new coffee shop in town.
- Meeting a friend to try out something creatively new.
- Trying out new shapes, colours and tools while painting.
- Going to see a concert, show or event that is normally not ‘your thing’.
- Taking a training course in something that is out of your comfort zone.
- Meeting one of your idols because she happens to be in town.
- Trying a new recipe with your kids.
- Hiring a new cleaning lady.
- Building an outdoor kitchen.
- Getting a chinchilla.
- Throwing a barbecue in the pouring rain.
- Watching a world cup football match alone in a bar full of French fans.
- Renting out space in your garden at the airbnb for camping spaces.
- Having lunch at work with someone you don’t know very well.
- Even just taking a stroll through your village and saying hello to passersby.
Small. Simple. Cheap. Close by.
What micro adventure can you take right now?