It’s the start of a brand new year. Perhaps one of your resolutions is to get outside and have more adventures. If so, I commend you! People contact me all the time saying that they want to have more adventures, but that they don’t know where or how to begin. Here are a few steps you can take to add a little more adventure to your life this year:
1. Do your research. Take the time to research cool areas near you. Websites, such as my personal favorite, The Outbound, can be really useful when it comes to finding hikes and backpacking trips for all skill levels. The Outbound even allows you to create lists of adventures that you want to go on, so you can keep track of everything and have your ‘To-Do’ list in one easy to access place.
2. Get the right gear. Make sure that you are prepared with the proper gear needed for your adventures. You’ll need the right footwear, warm layers, sun protection, sleeping bag, backpack, food, water filtration and storage, etc… And all of this will depend on where you are going and how long you will be gone. Making sure that you have the right gear for the type of adventure that you are going on is crucial. There are few things more miserable than being in the wild and not having the right clothing or supplies with you. The Outbound lists the gear that you’ll need for each adventure. You can also go and talk to the guys and gals at the local outdoor supply store to get an idea of what you will need for your specific outing.
3. Get a buddy on board. Personally, I think adventures are a lot more fun with a buddy. So get your pal (or pals) in on the action and start planning your adventures together!
4. Put your adventures on the calendar. The best way to ensure that you adventures actually happen is to plan ahead and schedule them on your calendar. That way, the time is blocked out, and you can prepare yourself leading up to it. So, put your adventures on the calendar and stick to them! But, don't get TOO hung up on planning. Spontaneity is a beautiful thing. When adventure calls, go ahead...answer!
P.S. Find me on The Outbound here!