Adventure is a scary word. It conjures up visions of expensive trips halfway across the world, trekking through the Himalayas or travelling to the Antarctic, things that most of us don’t have the time to regularly do.
But what if adventure could be a little more accessible to all of us? What if adventure didn’t mean taking any time off work or spending thousands of pounds? What if we told you that you could have an adventure in the middle of the week, just a few miles from where you live?
Enter the ‘microadventure’. The term was coined by legendary British adventurer Alistair Humphreys, who believes that it would do us all a great deal of good to spend a bit less time on the sofa, and a bit more time getting up close and personal with nature.
A microadventure is deliberately ambiguous because it’s whatever you want it to be. It’s an antidote to the repetitions of everyday life, allowing you to escape your routine for a short time to recharge and reconnect with the simpler things in life. It can be anything from a night out camping in your garden to a bivvy-bag adventure on a hill nearby. And, according to Humphreys, there’s no excuse not to get out there and try it. Live in the city? No problem, he’s even written a blog about adventures in or near London to try. Short of money? That’s ok, Microadventures should be affordable – you just need a few bits of basic kit and you’re off.