I haven’t met a millennial yet who doesn’t love to travel. I’m not just talking lazy vacations, but exploring new cultures, finding new adventures and having life altering experiences. The only problem is that we have goals, responsibilities, and schedules that don’t afford us the luxury of weekly international romps.
During an Audibles, I stumbled across some great advice from Peter Voogd that changed my view on exploration. In the book 6 Months to 6 Figures, Voogd mentions the idea of weekly mini-adventures. A way to get that mental and spiritual refresher without needing a passport.
What Is A Mini-Adventure?
We often think of adventure as jumping from planes or living like the locals in foreign lands. But, it’s about leaving our comfort zone behind, embracing new experiences and personal growth. A mini-adventure is having that desired thrill injected into your daily life.
So, with a definition like that, why can’t you have an adventure every week in your hometown? Think about the last time you had a new experience in your city? Or played tourist for a day in your state? We often take for granted what's right in front of us and don't let our culture inspire us.
Here are a few tips to help you start having regular mini-adventures:
1 - Get A Travel Guide – Believe it or not, there are tourists in your city having an amazing time right now. They are taking in nature, historic sites and cultural venues that you pass by every day but never visit. Think of some places in your town that you have always wanted to visit or haven’t since you weren’t a child? I haven’t been to the Motown Museum since I was in elementary school, yet others come to Detroit just to visit.
2 - Make A Mini-Bucket List – I've always wanted to learn how to drive a race car. But I always told myself that was for Daytona, despite there being a race track less than an hour drive from me.
Make a list of activities, cuisines or interests you’ve always wanted to explore. You will be surprised to see that many of these things can be checked off by venturing out in your area.
3 - Just Say Yes – I’m guilty of it as well. Saying no to things that I think wouldn’t interest me or have just never been on my radar. By just saying yes, you will open yourself up to new opportunities to discover new interest and people. Remember you are not obligated to do this activity ever again, but by trying something out you will expand your mind.
4 - Get Lost – When I first moved to Atlanta, my dad told me to get in my car and try to get lost. I did, and I found myself knowing the town better than most natives. By wandering around your city, you will find fabulous shops, galleries and other hidden treasures in neighborhoods you rarely visit. So try it! You will be amazed by the people you meet and places you will find.
Take The Challenge
The most important thing is to let go and have fun. An adventure is about allowing yourself to be free, open and without expectation. So stop putting it off until you can afford two weeks in Thailand and get exploring.
I challenge you to schedule in one activity each week for a month straight that you've never done. Focus on being present and taking in what you see around you.
Tell me: What are your plans for some mini-adventures? How do you currently find new experiences? Leave your comments below. I look forward to being inspired by you.