Stuck in the 9-5? Go on a microadventure!

9-5 corporate goth?  Use your weekends to go on microadventures!

There’s a lot to be said for the “Laptop Lifestyle” that every social media/blogger wants to sell you, but the reality is that many of us work 9-5 Monday to Friday and that’s the way we like it.  Clock off for the day, go home and put our feet up without having to worry about checking our emails till we’re back at work the next day.

But because of our routine, when we think about ‘adventures’ we assume they are impossible because we’ve only a weekend before we have to be back at work again on Monday.

Viewed like that, finding the time off to check out the great outdoors or just go camping can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be impossible– that’s where “micro-adventures” come in.

“The idea is based on using what time you have – weekends, mostly – and maximising its potential by stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something adventurous to escape the humdrum of a nine-to-five lifestyle.” –Australian Geographic

It’s easy to get caught up in the same old routine, whether your routine is clubbing every weekend or just binge watching youtube videos in the bath with a glass of wine or three.  While normal life is fun, there is a whole world out there to explore, and it can make a huge different to your outlook on life!

“Experience is everything.  Aside from the physical health benefits, mentally it can be utterly transformative – you’ll feel inspired, you’ll reflect, you’ll dream,” says Henry, founder and editor of microadventure blog We Are Explorers

“You’ll also have an ear-to-ear grin to bring to the office on Monday and a story to impress your colleagues with,” he adds.

More than ever, we’re constantly connected to technology and a constant stream of information.  While this can be a blessing, it can mess with our well-being in many ways: from our circadian rhythms to our mental health.   Not to mention the sedentary lifestyles that come about as a result of too many Adult Wednesday Addams videos.  It’s important to disconnect from social media and technology every now and again, but it’s getting harder and harder as a result of that connection.  I know it’s not just me that has a problem.  If you are like me (and there’s a good chance that you are) sometimes the only way to disconnect is to go where this is no reception.

 

The start of a weekend without reception: Relaxing on a Friday evening at Blowering Dam, NSW, Australia.
The start of a weekend without reception: Relaxing on a Friday evening at Blowering Dam, NSW, Australia.

Living in south-eastern Australia, then there’s plenty of places from the sea to the snow to explore within a few hours drive,  but wherever you live, you don’t need to go far to have an adventure.  There’s often plenty to do near home if you go out and find it.

Start with something achievable, do your research and be prepared for it.  But remember, the sky is (literally) the limit.  Find something that gives you that feeling of achievement and adventure.  Head to the snow and build a snowman, hire a canoe and paddle down a river, pack a tent and go stay at that campsite that you always drive past but have never stopped at.  Bushwalking is an amazing experience, whether you go on a day walk or spend the whole weekend out in the bush, I highly suggest getting some nature into your eyeballs.

Take your time, or blast through and see as much as you can.  It’s up to you. Though, if you slow down you’ll see just as much, I promise!  Blasting through will mean you see more but miss out on a bunch…  Like the wildlife!

Rescuing an echidna from under our car. NSW, Australia.
Rescuing an echidna from under our car. NSW, Australia.

Smaller adventures can give you the experience and skill to build up to more advanced adventures.  Sometimes you can take courses or read books that will give you extra information or skills so you can do bigger and better things.   You’d be amazed at how easy it is to get off the beaten track and try something new.

Starting small: Leraning how to make a quinzee (sort of like a snow cave) in the high country. This photo looks epic, but we were less than 500m from a resort.
Starting small: Learning how to make a quinzee (sort of like a snow cave) in the high country. This photo looks epic, but it’s just a Saturday afternoon and we were less than a kilometer from a resort.
Which lead to bigger adventures! A Sunday afternoon a year later, after snowshoeing up Mt Kosciusko, the highest mountain in Australia.
Which lead to bigger adventures! A Sunday morning months later, after snowshoeing up Mt Kosciusko, the highest mountain in Australia. Camping in the snow well away from the resorts is a much different experience, but boy did it feel like an achievement!

You don’t have to “rough it” to have an adventure (though, I’d definitely recommend it!)  Go on a roadtrip and stay in a cabin at a caravan park or book a hotel in a town you’ve never spent any time in (or even better, try Air BnB, Couchsurfing.com or another home stay service, and live like a local.)

But no matter what you choose to do, just do something that expands your horizons and gets you away from your normal day-to-day.

A tadpole we found in a stream while on a roadtrip in Queensland, Australia.
A tadpole we found in a stream while on a roadtrip in Queensland, Australia.

Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of the work week.  There’s a whole world out there to explore, experience and learn about, right on your doorstep.

Go out and see it,

One micro-adventure at a time.

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