June 24, 2015
At Sacred Rides, we encourage travellers and mountain bikers to step out of their comfort zones and experience new adventures. After all, you learn a lot about yourself and others when you take risks, get outside and explore. Many people believe living an adventurous lifestyle is unattainable, due to busy work days, bills and long commutes. Dealing with these realities on a daily basis, and planning a trip or ride often leads to comments like, “I can’t do that” or “If only I had more time.” Of course, I occasionally hear myself say that as well! Taking time for yourself and your passion is important, but how do we do it?
A few weeks ago, I stumbled across Alastair Humphrey’s blog. Voted National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, Alastair coined the term “microadventure.” A microadventure is simply “an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short and yet very effective.” It provides an escape from those busy work days and a reawakening of what really matters to you. Best of all, you get to explore your own backyard, on your own terms. Prior to learning the term “microadventure,” I realized I have been a long supporter and participant of this movement. I have always thought you learn the best lessons by exploring your own backyard, following the ebb and flow of the seasons and observing how the environment (and trails!) change around you. I often search for new places to explore and create my own microadventures.
Adventure is what you make it. Pick a spot on the map, pack your bike and head for the trails. Create your own list of microadventures you want to conquer this season. It doesn’t take much to step out of your comfort zone and explore a new place, you might be surpised at what you find. Plus, those small, but rich experiences open new doors — to new friendships, new perspectives , new insights and perhaps one day, bigger, bolder adventures.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR NEXT MINI ADVENTURE:
1. BE PREPARED.
Have your bike, tent, snacks, head light and other gear packed in your car. You will have no excuse to drive home after work, instead of hitting the trails.
2. SAY ‘NO’ TO ROUTINE.
It’s easy to get stuck in the 9–5 routine. Sign up for a weekly bike race or join a mountain bike club. Commit to after-work adventures.
3. MAKE A LIST.
Keep a list of places you want to visit in your car. When you feel inspired or have a few hours — go check out the trail by your house, yes, that one… the one you have lived beside for six months and never ventured down.
4. WRITE IMPORTANT DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR.
Plan adventures around holidays, birthdays and special events — invite friends and you are more likely to execute your adventure.
5. REALIZE YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE.
There is a large community of people just like you! The weekend warriors and embracers of ‘after-work hours,’ who are constantly on the move. Seek out these communities and you will find tons of like-minded adventurers. “Adventure is only a state of mind. Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.” — Alastair Humphreys.
We are interested in hearing from you — share your next “microadventure” in the comments below!