What did you get up to this weekend? I went on a microadventure.
I try do this at least once a month. A good month usually has two microadventures.
Never heard the term ‘microadventure’? I’ll let National Geographic’s ‘Adventurer of the Year’ (yes, thats a thing) Alastair Humphreys explain…
Adventure is only a state of mind.
Adventure is stretching yourself; mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing something you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained, or rich to have an adventure.
A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.
Last year I did a very MACRO adventure when I climbed Kilimanjaro.
But this year I did some ‘adulting’ and bought my first home. So I haven’t been able to plan any large scale adventures for the near future.
At the moment I’m all about cheap and cheerful experiences that can be accomplished in a day or two. In fact, all I need is a morning!
I usually share my microadventures on instagram and sometimes I receive messages saying, ‘I don’t know how you have the energy!’ or ‘I wish I was fit enough to do that!’ or my favourite, ‘I wish I had time for that!’
You DO have time.
If you’re stressed, anxious, low in energy or feel like you’re lacking time then you NEED to go on a microadventure.
This week I launched some exciting projects, but it meant I spent a lot of time in front of the computer. I was struggling to focus and my brain felt foggy. You know when your head feels like a computer with too many tabs open? Yep.
How’s the head feeling now? Well, I just got home from my little microadventure this morning and I feel buzzed, fresh and inspired to write (hence the blog post haha).
So what did I get up to this morning?
Only ten minutes from Mudgeeraba you’ll find Bally Mountain. It’s a super fun hike with caves, creeks, beautiful views, varying terrain and a little rock climbing along the way.
For the record, I’m super directionally challenged. So I never go on hikes by myself. For this walk I dragged the boyfriend out of bed and we met Uncle Mike from Zero Vanilla (who came to Africa with me).
It was 4 degrees when we started our hike at sunrise. Although my calves were the opposite of icy as we headed up the steep incline. We ate homemade muesli bars at the top whilst enjoying stunning views of the entire Gold Coast. After our descent, we walked through the creek (instead of beside it!) hopping from boulder to boulder.
You tell me a better way to spend Sunday morning.
Remember, you don’t need money or huge amounts of time to go on an adventure. Keep it simple. Plan something for the upcoming weekend. Grab a friend. Chuck on a backpack with water and snacks. Don’t think, just go!