How to Live an Adventurous Life in 2022

Is 2022 going to be your year of adventuring and exploring new places? We think it should be! It’s an absolutely brilliant, beautiful world out there filled with wonders that are readily available for you to experience. And the best part? You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be exceptional. You don’t have to be young. If you want to experience it all, you just have to make a decision, set some goals, and make it happen.

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Discover Your Vision of Adventure

First get a clear vision of what the word ‘adventure’ means to you.  Take 30 minutes, put on some inspiring music, get excited and write down everything that comes to mind when you think about an adventure. What movies inspire you? Everest? James Bond? Free Solo? What types of adventures appeal to you? Adventurous sports? Exploring new cities? Going for long hikes? 

Step 2:  Choose 5 Specific Adventure Goals

Life is short! Now is the time to get real. Now is the moment to make a commitment to experience the life adventures you want to experience before you die. Choose 5 adventure goals from your brainstorm (see #1) that you’re most excited about. Pick one that you will do within 3 months, one that you will do by the end of the year, one within 2 years, one within 3 years and one within 5 years. The first 3-month goal should be exciting, but reasonable, so it’s actually possible to achieve in a short time frame. This one is very important because it will help you build momentum and faith in yourself.

Also, be firm and DECIDE that you WILL give yourself the gift of an adventurous life. Spend an additional 5 minutes writing out why this is important to you, and then write a formal commitment to yourself and hang it where you’ll see it every day.

Step 3:  Learn How to Take the First Step

Now take your first 3-month goal and figure out what you need to do to make it a reality.  One of the most common reasons people don’t make their life more exciting and adventurous is that they don’t know how to start. But that’s okay- you can learn and we’re here to help. Search the internet, social media, or talk to people who’ve done what you’re planning to do. Ask questions. Make calls. Figure out what steps you need to take. There are companies that arrange everything from local rock-climbing and horseback riding to white-water rafting trips all around the world. 

Step 4:  Create a Plan for Your First Adventure

Once you understand the initial steps that are required to embark on your first adventure goal, create a clear plan. Make a detailed list of what actions you need to take and set a date for completing each action so that you’ll be off experiencing this first adventure in exactly 3 months from today.

Step 5: Jump into Action Immediately

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably just read the previous 4 steps without actually doing anything. And guess what? You’re in danger of finishing this blog post without ever taking action. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen:

  • Take action immediately! Yes, right now! Start brainstorming your adventure goals.
  • Pick your top 5 goals. And then do one more step…
  • Figure out what the logical first step is towards your first adventure goal.

At Out&Back, we believe that adventuring is the best part of life. Whenever you have a choice of activities to do, pick the one that will make for a better story. Don’t have time? Instead of watching an action movie, take action in your own life. Instead of sitting on a couch, sit on a ski lift. Don’t have the money? International travel is cheaper than it seems, and you can score extra cash and fund your trips when you sell your unwanted gear to Out&Back. Afterall, international travel is much easier when you’re traveling light! :) 

And remember, as 2022 unfolds with new excitement, experiences and adventure, you must, must, must keep a journal of your experiences. Also, take thousands of pictures and lock those precious moments into your memory forever. Someday, when you’re sitting with your children or grandchildren, you’ll be so happy you did.

Happy Adventuring!