If you’re longing for a life of adventure but don’t know how to get started, Wishlist has you covered. Here’s our complete guide to simple ways you can be more adventurous. Take a look:
The truth is, very few of us are plush with time. From 9-5 jobs, and weekend chores, we’re left with slivers of daylight. If you want to be more adventurous though, there are ways to make time. When you’re rolling out of work at half past five, it takes a lot of effort to keep your momentum up, but instead of squishing down on the couch with an order of take out, rally some friends for an evening out. Adventure doesn’t have to be grand experiences; it can also be the little ones. Happy hours, ice cream pit stops, or walks around the park with your best buds can add up to a life very well lived.
Explore Your Own Backyard
As we sit hunched over our desks, often our minds wander to European explorations, Icelandic baths, or African safaris. But, adventure doesn’t have to be far away, and it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive either. If you’re lucky enough to live in an adventure-heavy state like Colorado or California, there are infinite hiking trails to be explored and campgrounds to hunker down in. Regardless of where you are, when looking for adventure start at home. Google tourist destinations, hikes, or “things to do” nearby, and you may find something worthwhile.
Take Advantage of low Gas Prices
Gas is at a low right now, which means it’s the perfect time to take some of the road trips you’ve been envisioning and to be more adventurous. If you always pictured yourself as a road trip kinda gal or guy, but can decide where to go, here are a few options:
The Grand Canyon
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway
Acadia All-American Road
No Best Friend Required
Often adventure is postponed because we’re waiting for our friends to be free, but adventures are a great way to make new friends. Take a work buddy, or that nice woman from your reading group. It doesn’t matter who you go with, as long as they’re up for an adventure. Be open-minded when it comes to who you go with, and never delay happiness. Life is far too short.
Pack It In
Realistically, we can’t always be off on great adventures. We have obligations with life and work, so plan ahead and pack in a lot of adventure in a short amount of time. If you’re hoping to be more adventurous, find a road trip that will lead you to several locations in a short amount of time. On your trip, plan horseback rides, waterfall searches, hikes, and fishing trips. Make it a week to remember.
Here’s our ideal (week-long) road trip, to help inspire you:
Spend one night in the Great Sand Dunes National Park: From here you can explore the nearby Zapata Falls and of course, the Sand Dunes. Camping info here.
From the Sand Dunes:
Head west towards Durango where you can spend a night in an affordable hotel, and get in a good meal. You can also explore the San Juan National Forest, or simply take it easy in town.
Cross the border into Utah for a two-night stay at Canyonlands National Park. It’s hot this time of year, so pack accordingly. Here you will have extraordinary views of the famous Utah arches. Camping info here.
From the Canyonlands:
Head back towards Colorado to rest poolside at a hotel in Aspen or Snowmass. Spend two or three nights there on the tail end of your trip. Explore Colorado’s most photographed location: The Maroon Bells, and hike a few of our favorite trails including: Crater Lake, American Lake, Hanging Lake, and Aspen Mountain. You can also sign up for horseback rides, and fishing trips.
Head home to Denver after a week away, exhausted and exhilarated.
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