What is a Microadventure?
Simply put: a microadventure is an experience that’s small, short, and accessible. It’s a way to try something new, to experience human connection, or to push the limits of your comfort zone. It’s something that doesn’t require extensive planning or a huge block of time; and not something that requires a lot of special gear or expensive equipment.
Where did the idea come from?
Ceci and I sat down one day to figure out exactly why we love travel, and we boiled it down to 3 things:
1. Human connection;
2. New experiences, and
3. The growth-from-discomfort you only get when you push the limits of your comfort zone.
Then we asked ourselves — if human connection, new experiences, and dabbling our toes outside of our comfort zones are the three things we value most in our travel experiences, is travel the only activity that speaks to them?
We wanted to invest in those activities because we wanted to sustain the meaningful impact that travel has on our lives. We didn’t set out looking to “replace” travel; but we thought we could supplement it. We wanted to live a life of adventure — a life that has meaning, and impact, and that we feel proud investing in.
It was also important to us to have the activities be “accessible” — we needed to be able to do them on a tight schedule and with limited resources. We’re busy in our lives, just like everyone else; and we strive to live simply, so we subscribe to the idea that a good return isn’t necessitated by a large investment.
For us, the idea of microadventuring was born when we set out to find activities that spoke to one or more of the things we value, and that were accessible to us within the constraints of a tight schedule and limited resources.
But what about Alastair Humpherys?
As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.”
When we started down our path of self-discovery, we didn’t know about Alastair Humphreys or his incredible work with popularizing the term “microadventure.” We were just two people trying to live a life of meaning and impact.
It wasn’t until we decided to open up and share our thoughts with the world that we stumbled across Alastair Humphreys; but now that we know he popularized the concept, we want to give full credit and homage to Alastair Humphreys for his work. It’s our hope that we can catch up to the movement and add to what’s come before us.
Why write about microadventures?
One thing that’s important to us at Lovicarious is that anything we decide to invest our time in sharing is something that adds value. I’ve decided to write about our microadventures because I think there are a lot of ways people can find them useful — whether you’re someone looking for activities for the little ones, or you’re looking for creative date ideas for a significant other, or you’re just bored and want to try something different.
We believe that every day is a new opportunity to learn, grow, change, explore, and experience; and we believe that living a life of adventure is attainable. Microadventures are one way that we support those mantras. There are a lot of ways these articles can add value beyond their initial purpose; and I hope that you find them useful, or that they inspire a little spark of creativity, or they in some way help you on your journey.
What are some Microadventures I can try out?
If you’re wanting to dip your toes into a few microadventures, here’s a few we’ve written about recently:
– A Date with a Radio
– Goat Yoga at Autumn Ridge
– Discovering Poe at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum
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