What is 'Adventure'?

Martin Curtis By Martin Curtis

When you hear the mere word ‘Adventure’ your mind instantly conjures up a freezing cold expedition to the North pole or the hardest hike to the summit of Everest. Realistically these are not affordable or achievable for most people…

What does adventure mean?

When you hear the mere word ‘Adventure’ your mind instantly conjures up a freezing cold expedition to the North pole or the hardest hike to the summit of Everest. Realistically these are not affordable or achievable for most people…

With today’s social media it’s hard to understand that you can go and experience an adventure from your doorstep… the word adventure means an ‘exciting or very unusual experience’ but where do we find an adventure, how do we find these exciting experiences?

Adventure can start at home, from the minute you walk out your door you can explore and challenge yourself to new experiences. The adventure will help you learn more about who you are and your surroundings. It may take you out of your comfort zone but it may allow or enable you to escape the confinement of life. It may set you free, making you realise what you can achieve as an individual, helping to keep you fit and settle your mind…

You don’t need to live near any mountains, or out in the countryside to bag yourself an adventure. A long walk around the block will start the process; find a map of your area and plot a route. Take that road you always drive pass and wondered where it led, walk it and see where it goes. Build from this experience and tell your friends what you found. Next time walk a little further, maybe a little faster… explore some more. Walk to your nearest park or wooded area and investigate a little deeper… find the hidden areas, find the unusual trees and wildlife. Visit your nearest coastline, go beachcombing, walk along the beach and cliffs… try a swim in the sea. Adventures are not limited to the day… get a torch and try a walk at night, don’t be scared! An adventure is what you make it. It doesn’t matter where you live; you can find something exhilarating, something new to explore without going far.

Once that process has started you’ll want to do more. You’ll want to tackle that hill you’ve always seen in the distance. You’ll want to take part in a local challenge walk or run further. The world will be your oyster, give it a go and see where it leads you. Once you’ve walked a few miles feel proud of your achievements and tell the world… no one can take that special moment away from you. It will be your foundation forever, it will take you to the next level. Enjoy the buzz and live for the moment building memories along the way that will stay with you for life.

Once the bug takes hold you’ll continue to build your inner strengths and adventure will come naturally with bigger dreams. Don’t be afraid to set goals, goals give you something to work towards making adventure a reality. Big or small, an adventure is under your control. Pushing your limits will make that adventure entrancing. Don’t be afraid to break the mould.

There’s a whole world of adventure out there waiting for you. Whatever the activity try something new… seek adventure and you’ll find it everywhere, plan, explore and investigate. Fit it in and find the time, you’ll be surprised what can be found and what can be achieved. Inspire others, tell them what you’ve done. Tell them how you started and where it led you… people will follow you, look up to you, be inspired by you. Don’t be afraid to Get Outside… everything starts somewhere!

Adventure is there for everyone.

Martin Curtis By Martin Curtis

About:

Martin is a long distance walking expert based on the Jurassic Coast, and regularly takes part in long distance challenge walks - including the Dorset Doddle.

Martin runs his own small guiding company and takes visitors out onto the Jurassic Coast and talk to them about the Geology and fossils of the World Heritage Site. He also works as an ambassador for the UNESCO World Heritage site and promotes it's importance.

In his spare time, Martin likes to enjoy one of the unique features of the local coastline by going fossil hunting. In 2017, Martin plans to complete the training to become a Mountain Leader.

You can find out about Martin's adventures here.

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