How To Escape A Non-Adventurous Lifestyle

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Oftentimes, would-be adventurers find themselves bogged down by day-to-day monotony, which seems to hinder their adventure potential. It is, after all, completely understandable. When life gets busy, our time becomes focused on work, errands, social plans, etc. So, how do we escape this rut and add adventure back into our lives?

Make Adventure A Habit

First, know that our daily routines are habits. If you can create a new habit for adventure, it will stick after about a month, according The Power of Habit. If you can dedicate every Saturday morning to a nearby hike, that habit of weekend adventure will stick in the coming months to the point where you won’t consider your Saturday complete until you’ve hiked.

In order for adventure to become a part of your daily, weekly, or monthly routine, you need to be mindful about it at first. You need to set aside time to dedicate toward adventure. If you are passive and let adventure come to you once you’re stuck in a non-adventurous rut, you’ll find every excuse in the world to bail on adventure.

Schedule Adventure In Advance

If you look ahead to the weekend forecast and see that Sunday morning is supposed to be beautiful, call some friends and schedule a hike. Studies show that if an event is scheduled between multiple people, that event is more likely to occur.

Think about it: if you plan to hike by yourself on Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m., when that alarm goes off, you’re not getting up. But, if you know that other people are counting on you to be somewhere, you’ll do it (begrudgingly at first, but you'll have fun).

If it’s on the calendar, you’ll start to add adventure to your regular routine, which serves the purpose of getting you out of that non-adventurous lifestyle.

Plan A Big Adventure

If you plan a big adventure, like a road trip to a few national parks, you’ll have adequate time to prepare for it. While you’re preparing for it, you might find that you feel more inclined to embark on a smaller, more casual adventure, like a nearby hike.

About six months ago, The Adventure Tribune crew planned our trip to climb to Machu Picchu. Since then, I’ve subconsciously sought opportunities to climb high-altitude trails more often as a means to prepare myself for a week in the Andes.

So, get out that bucket list and plan a major adventure so that you have something to build toward. If you need a place to get you started, check out this list.

Embrace The Cliche

Cliches are so cliche, but they can hold plenty of truth when it comes to actively stepping out of a non-adventurous existence. Find opportunities to step out of your comfort zone. Explore the world around you. Appreciate the little things. Be bold. Just go for it. Live without regrets. Take nothing for granted. You only live once. Just do it.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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