Over the past three years we’ve had the opportunity to work with a range of wonderful people. We’ve set up personalized experiences, arranged rafting trips, setup romantic escapes and getaways, we’ve helped with birthdays and anniversaries, retirement parties and graduation gifts. We’ve encouraged people to take the leap with our skydiving activities, or master something new with our art classes. We’ve helped people get outside and explore nature with rock climbing and bike riding classes. We’ve organized adventures into strange terrains with ice climbing courses, and forest ziplines. We’re in the business of experiences, and we’ve been honored to help you greet adventure with open arms. Take a look at what a few of our customers have said about their experiences with Wishlist:
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:
It’s easy to turn away from adventure; you may like the idea but the actual process of dropping everything and moving across the world, or jumping out of a moving plane, is unrealistic. We’ve written posts about the benefits of trying new things, the importance of spending time outside, even the benefits of living at altitude, but we’ve never explored the many benefits of adventure and adrenaline. So, for the risk takers and the safe goers here’s the truth about adventure and the health benefits of an adrenaline rush.
There are enough quotes about adventure floating around on the Internet from favorite books and movies, to know that the idea has been romanticized. As a collective group we’ve managed to make the unknown appealing, the risk and uncertainty, just added bonuses; but should we really be so enthusiastic about adventure? The short answer is yes.
Over the course of human development we acquired the perception of fear as a way to warn ourselves against a risk. Fear dissipates during certain activities with increased familiarity or proficiency. An adrenaline rush is our bodies’ way of responding to risk. We are offered a sudden burst of energy to respond to the fear-inducing situation. In these moments we get increased alertness, and muscles are primed for immediate action. Which, in so many words, means that after we experience fear and an adrenaline rush we momentarily resemble superman (aside from the cape, unfortunately). Together, this process can actually be addictive.
The power one feels from conquering fear can lead them on a search for new adventures and bigger risks, and this is where the health benefits of an adrenaline rush are actually detrimental. When the outcome of your adventure becomes increasingly uncertain, when the environment is no longer safe or controlled, the risks out way the benefits. That’s not to say you shouldn’t embark on uncertain adventures, say climbing a mountain or moving to a new country, but have an exit strategy and don’t be careless. In fact, this provides a good opportunity for a PSA of our own: when on outdoor adventures and hikes tell someone where you are, take at least one other person with you, and bring sufficient water (that means at least two Nalgenes and perhaps some iodine tablets in case of an emergency). Just remember to explore responsibly.
Now, for controlled situations like snowmobiling or skydiving, the health benefits of an adrenaline rush are much more significant. In recent years a report was conducted on the efficacy of children’s playgrounds. While some parents found them too dangerous, others argued they provide important learning opportunities. It turns out that taking away the playgrounds, and providing a risk-free environment for the children entirely deprived them of the opportunity to engage in motivating and stimulating physical activities. The result was more dropouts and lack of interest in school.
The idea of the playground can be applied to life, while it is important to have elements of risk to challenge ourselves and keep us engaged, it should be proportionate to our age and abilities. If we participate in programs that allow us to learn risk management tactics in a controlled, or semi-controlled, environment we can learn crucial skills that can be applied throughout our lives. In research around the motives of adults who participate in adrenaline sports, it was found that they seek much more than momentary excitement. Rather, these activities provide them with the abilities to achieve goals, overcome fear, escape boredom and expand personal boundaries. It also showed, that adrenaline activities utilize frequently underused muscles, and can reduce the risk of numerous chronic conditions. Perhaps most significant, though, is that if we train ourselves to respond appropriately in adrenaline situations, if we ever are in an authentic situation, in which our adrenaline levels raise to the same or higher amount we previously experienced, our body will have a form of muscle memory and be able to respond in a similar fashion as it did during an adventure. So the more practice you have in an adrenaline situation, the better prepared you will be for the next.
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I don’t believe I am in alone in the desire for a great wizard to come to my door and say to me, “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure”, and yet the likelihood of a bearded man with magical powers arriving on my doorstep is slim to none. In hopes of speeding things along, I have taken the whimsical notion of being more adventurous into my own hands, and challenge you to do the same.
What I have discovered since declaring my quest is that it’s hard to be adventurous. It is hard to think of something new to do every weekend and so desperately easy to fall into that giant rut that runs through your life. In hopes of assisting you in your struggle to stay away from the ever-dreaded rut, I have accumulated a few tips for your convenience. Hopefully they will help you see that being adventurous is just as easy as stepping outside your front door.
- While the idea of spontaneity is lovely, sometimes adventures must be planned. Set aside time in your week, a couple of hours or more, to try something new.
- Pay attention to your local news teams who will often inform you of events around the town.
- Utilize any forgotten gift cards as a way to pay for your adventure.
- Stop making excuses. Follow through is key for a more adventurous lifestyle. If it is a little overcast out, bring a raincoat, if there’s too much traffic turn on your favorite music and ignore it. It can seem like a lot of work to get out of your door some days, but recognize the reward on the other end.
- Stop saving things for an ideal time. If your adventure for the day is to go wine tasting, don’t put it off because your best friend can’t go too. Going alone or with someone you don’t know as well will help you meet new people and step outside your comfort zone.
- Be okay with being a little scared. Being adventurous, truly adventurous, means not letting fear stand in your way. If you have always wanted to try skydiving but are too nervous to book the day, change your thought process and challenge yourself to make concrete plans.
- Try something you would never do. We spend a lot of time defining who we are and what we like, but oftentimes adventures lie outside our typical activities. Spend the day learning to belly dance or take a painting class.
- Be okay with being alone. Some adventures are better conquered alone. Take the day off to go rock climbing or relax with a massage (you deserve it after all that adventuring you’ve been doing).
- Recognize what you’ve done. Often we overlook the small accomplishments in life. If you make it to the top of a long hike, or master your first ever cooking class, write about your triumph on a piece of paper and put it in a jar or box, so at the end of the year you can look back on everything you’ve done.
- Find adventure around you. An adventure can be as simple as a walk around the park. Enjoy the small moments in life and recognize that the opportunity for adventure is infinite.