7 Ideas To Start Living Adventurously
Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.
Are you one of those people who sit in their cubicles at work and daydream of sailing into that magical scenery on your computer background? Then you sigh, not of relief but of regret, because you know it’s a million days away before you can get there.
I used to be one of those people. I would change my background every month to keep the dream alive. I didn’t realize then that that was the problem. See the keyword is dream. That’s all I ever did – dream. I didn’t actually try to make moves because I made a decision in my mind that I did not have the money nor the time. At least not right now. One day…
How did I eventually get out of this rut?
When I bought my new camera, I told myself that I would use it often to make sure I don’t miss any important moments. Well, it’s been sitting in its case to the point I’ve forgotten I bought it. Until one day (and 3 months later) I saw it in the corner of my eye and thought Crap! I have to start using this thing. I remember reading about a historical landmark of a tower in Laguna Beach and thought it would be the perfect time to finally see it.
So I grabbed my gear and my audacious daughter and headed out. We didn’t actually see the tower (we couldn’t find it), but we took tons of photos, laughed, got lost, took a detour, and found something more valuable — adventure!
Laguna Beach day with my daughter was an eye-opening experience for me. I finally realized what an adventure meant. My problem was that I assumed an adventure was this wild, risky and dangerous experience; when really, it’s an exciting and new experience into the unknown. It doesn’t have to be dangerous or extravagant. It just has to be fun and in the moment.
Aside from my serendipity moment at the beach, here are more ideas to get your adventure on.
1. Take a left on the first corner and just keep driving
Get in your car, make sure the tank is full, and just drive. See where it takes you. Decide if you want to drive for 20 miles, 50 miles, or 100 miles and see where it leads you. If you’re with someone, have the passenger choose the directions. If you’re alone, follow your intuition. You might end up smack dab in the middle of downtown or a ghost town. Either way, make an adventure out of it. If that is where the road led you, then that is where you were meant to be in that specific moment.
2. Download these free apps
These 3 apps are my secret weapon to finding the best deals and ideas to have fun.
The Outbound Collective has great ideas for fun activities that cater to your area (international) from hiking trails to sunset photography. You can download the app from their website by following the link above.
Eventbrite offers free and paid events in your area (international) from food festivals to performing arts.
Groupon has amazing deals for events, hotels, restaurants, and fun activities to do in area. Available only to US residents.
Groupon is my go-to app. I purchased my tickets for the Color Run Night for half the price. This month, I’ll be going to CHILL featuring Alice In Winterland at the Queen Mary with my family for 56% off. In February, I’ll be on a hot air balloon ride with my boyfriend for 63% off.
3. Reserve an entire day every week for little adventures
God rested on the 7th day. And if He can do it, you can too. Reserve one day out of the week, every week, to do fun things; only fun things. Remember, you don’t need to spend money to have an adventure. Think outside the box.
Here are a couple of my favorite blog posts on having fun for free:
4. Make a funny video
There are so many ways to get creative with this:
- Compilation of your family’s funniest home videos
- Role play a scene from one of your favorite movies
- Write a skit
- Makeup video
- Music video
And you can do it with:
- Your family
- Your friends
- Your significant other
5. Have themed parties
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to throw a costume party. You can have themed parties for birthdays, holidays, and “just because” days. Have a “No Costume No Entry” policy.
One of my favorites is Jack Canfield’s “Come as You’ll Be” Party. The objective of this party is to invite your friends or work colleagues for a get-together where everyone dresses up as the person they wish to be five years from now.
6. Go outside when the sun rises
I love my beauty sleep. I can sleep better than Sleeping Beauty to be perfectly honest. When I wake up to the sun burning my face, I just turn around and fall right back asleep. Easy.
One of my bucket list adventures was to watch the sunrise in a foreign country. Mind you, I only planned on doing this once. Like I said, I love my sleep. The first time I intentionally experienced the sun rise was during my vacation in Europe. My mom and I were in Frankfurt, Germany at the time. Our hotel room had a private access to the rooftop so I took that as a clear sign that I had to wake my butt up early the next morning.
Let me tell you, it was a tear-jerking moment sitting in the freezing cold all by myself waiting for that light to come out of hiding as if I had been in the dark for so long. I sat there with a smile that would not fade until the sound of rush hour hit the streets. Then I felt an abundance of blessings crash into my soul. It was the first time I felt really connected to the world I live in. Maybe it was witnessing the sun magically appearing behind the buildings surrounding me. Maybe it was observing how people started their mornings. Maybe it was a sense of accomplishing an adventure from my bucket list. Or maybe it was all the above. All I knew is that I wanted to keep this feeling– forever!
So I make it a point to wake up before the sun rises at least once a week. I still need that beauty sleep. It too makes me happy.
TIP: The weather app on your phone tells you what time the sun rises. You can check it to make sure you don’t miss the sun rise or lose more sleep than needed.
7. Explore your backyard
You don’t have to travel far to experience a “real” adventure. You can have all the fun in the world right in your backyard. And I don’t mean that literally.
What do you really know about the city, county, province, state, or country you live in? If I were to hire you as a tour guide, what would your reaction be? I bet there is a tourist out there who knows more about your city than you do.
Until you’ve seen all the hidden waterfalls, explored the most secluded places, been to all the local events, learned of all the local legends, and know the best areas to watch the sunset, then you don’t know your area at all. It’s the best place to start.