10 Microadventures to Satisfy Your Adventurous Soul

10 Microadventures to Satisfy Your Adventurous Soul

Working in a 9 to 5 job can be pretty daunting. ESPECIALLY when all you dream about is being in the outdoors. Somehow life seems to gets in the way, doesn't it?  But hope isn't all lost. Why not give a micro-adventure a try? 

If you've never heard of it before, a micro-adventure is purposely designed to be an adventure that anyone can take without hurting your pocket book, and doesn't require multiple days off. 

As described by Adventurer Alastair Humphreys,

A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. - Alastair Humphreys

To help you spark some ideas, we've compiled our top 10 micro-adventures that can help you make through the week.

 

Go for a cross city trek

Sounds simple, but you'd be surprised by some of the places you discover. Early last summer after work I decided to go for a mountain bike ride in one of the city's maintained parks, only to discover a pristine lake nestled between the trees, as if I were deep in the forest. 

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No matter where you are, there are a lot of fantastic places to see. Spend some time running, walking or biking around, and you’ll get a different perspective on your city or town, and probably uncover a place you’ve never seen before.

 

Go car camping

It may sound a bit outrageous, but car camping for an evening can be very liberating. If you have an SUV, even better! Just fold down the seats, inflate the air mattress and cozy up in a sleeping back. If you decide to give this a try, I'd recommend reading up on it a bit beforehand though, and trying this during the summer. There are some excellent tips on where to park, and how to set up your vehicle for car camping.

 Photo by  Brina Blum

Photo by Brina Blum

If you decide to give this a try, I'd recommend reading up on it a bit beforehand though, and trying this during the summer. There are some excellent tips on where to park, and how to set up your vehicle for car camping.

 

Stargaze

First, check the forecast. If the weather's clear, head over to a site with minimal light pollution.  Last year, one of my most memorable days was when I grabbed a sleeping bag and found a secluded area in the city, and stayed there for a good part of the evening. Bonus points if you bring a friend. ;)

 Photo by  Jackson Hendry
 

Camp in a field or in the backyard

If driving to a campground isn't an option, relive your youth by pitching a tent in the backyard or nearby. Start a campfire, roast some marshmallows and enjoy the night. Just make sure you know your city or town's fire bylaws.

 Photo by  Dave Gallant

Photo by Dave Gallant

 

Take a hike

Grab a map and find the highest peak around your area. Mountains between 2,000 to 3,000 feet are fantastic because it takes some time to reach the top and the views are stunning! The feeling of standing on top of a mountain compares to no other. It's always wise to hike with someone else, but if you can't, be sure to let someone know where you're going and for how long. Also, have a phone handy in the event that you have cell phone reception.

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Catch your food

Nothing beats the experience of eating a meal that's caught and cooked by you. Go fishing by a river or a lake and catch the biggest fish, then cook it up for supper.

 Photo by  Andreas Wagner
 

Light a campfire on the beach

Find a nearby beach that allows campfires and set up camp. With ocean right beside you, a beach fire, and some good company, your entire experience will be complete. This also works great with car camping, if you can find a good parking spot.  Bonus points if you do this in the winter!

 Photo by  Sandis Helvigs
 

Watch the sunset or sunrise

Pick a great spot to settle down for the night. Set your alarm and wake up early to watch a beautiful sunrise. Be sure to check the weather first!

 

Go for a dip

While on a countryside drive or a walk, go for a dip in the river or lake. No matter how unappealing it may look, you’ll be happier when you get out than when you jumped in.

 

Take a road trip

Everyone loves a good road trip. Open Google Maps; close your eyes and point. Then, go and explore. A few hours on the road with no real destination can satisfy your need to explore.

 Photo by  Holly Mandarich
 

Take a micro adventure tomorrow, enjoy life, and feed your adventurous soul. Leave us a comment below and let us know how it went!!

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