Treat yourself to a microadventure

Being stuck in a 9 to 5 job doesn’t have to define your life. If you catch yourself doing more of what you need to do instead of what you want to do, spoil yourself by going on a microadventure.

Alastair Humphreys is a National Geographic Adventurer of the year. He has accomplished liberating adventures like walking across India, cycling around the world, and rowing the Atlantic.

These are all great feats, but he wanted to inspire people in a more accessible way for the average Joe, so he decided to start small. He named these short adventures ‘microadventures’ and described them as “a shot of espresso, you get the taste, you get the effect, maximum impact in the short condensed burst of adventure”.

A microadventure could last a weekend, a day, or even an hour. But the key is to do something you want to do or at least something simply different. For example, it could be:

  • A new activity you’ve been dying to try like an archery class, a painting class, or even pilates.
  • A place you haven’t been to before (museums, cafes or even to a random suburb) or revisiting an oldie but goodie favourite.
  • It can even be meeting in real life with people you’ve met online who love the same things as you, such as photography, biking or hiking.

The options are limitless. In Alistar’s book, he shares 38 different stories of his own microadventures. The easiest one to give you a push would be “A Journey Around Your Home”. It is about going three kilometres out and walking a circle back to your home.

Don’t say you have seen all there is to see just because you have driven past the area. Driving is not the way to go. By going on a walk you can connect even more to your locale, both to nature and the human side. You’ll discover cafes, stores, interesting homes, quirky front yards and maybe even meet some new people. You could use this to also improve your photography by taking photos of all the unique things that catch your eye. It would definitely make a wonderful line of photos to pin up on a string motivating you to go on your next microadventure.

Here are some tips to give you that push you need to get started:

  • Approach adventures as a state of mind, a part of your spirit.
  • Scout out an easily accessible location.
  • Try camping in your backyard.
  • Breath in a sunrise anywhere.

Because we want you to keep your spirit for adventure alive, here are three picturesque microadventures near Brisbane:

For more information here’s a more thorough explanation of microadventures.