The main obstacle that gets between most people and the adventures they dream of is time.
We live in a whirlwind of work and commitments, and free time tends to disappear to seemingly more important causes. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have time- we just choose not to use it!
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said,
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
With that in mind, adventures can do much more for you than just provide something to do. Have a look at this list- you might thank yourself for it.
Adventures Make You Feel Younger
How often do you get to the start of a new month and think- ‘Where the **** has that month just gone?’ It’s because you’re doing the same thing every week and every month.
And there’s science to this. Neuroscientist David Eagleman explains that the brain actually makes more memories when you are doing new things, and the more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last.
“This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older- why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.’ Says Eagleman.
Dedicate a weekend to doing something completely random each month, and the year won’t feel like its running away from you.
2. Adventures Make You More Productive
Contrary to popular belief, the secret to being an effective worker is actually to take regular breaks and not work too hard. Numerous studies have shown that productivity turns negative as we move beyond 40 hour weeks, and that short bursts of attention with deliberate breaks are the best way to be at our most productive. According to Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist,
“Most people have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after a holiday, even if it is a 24-hour time-out.”
3. Adventure Levels the Playing Field
As Helen Skelton (ex Blue Peter presenter turned explorer) has pointed out in her article for the Telegraph, men and women are very rarely ever on the same playing field when it comes to sport. However on adventures, expeditions, trips and treks, men and women are equal.
‘The environment, kit, preparation and approach determine whether you succeed or fail… If we can encourage young men and women to take on such challenges, they will be inadvertently exposed to the benefits of involving both genders.’
So adventures might not just help you- they could be contributing to a brighter future.
4. Adventures Don’t Require Much Time
There are 24 hours in a day. We’re all busy, but there is always time if you make it. According to Ofcom, the average Brit spends more time on technology devices than they do asleep! How long do you spend browsing your emails, doing the same gym routine, or just procrastinating? You can have an adventure in a weekend, a day, or an evening. Don’t make time the excuse. Make a plan, be organised and strict, and you’ll surprise yourself how much you can fit in if it really matters.
5. Adventures Make You Happy.
Whatever the size of adventure, from trekking across the Antarctic to going for a run in the hills, it’s a rare thing to come back with any feeling other than satisfaction. Organising and pulling off whatever adventure you had planned gives you serious feel-good vibes, and in a study by Time Magazine, research concluded that people who take part in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain these positive feelings than people who have fewer experiences. So it’s a no brainer! A life full of memories, experiences and adventures is undoubtedly going to be a happier one.
Ready to get yourself on an adventure?
If you’re looking for a challenging expedition or a weekend break, www.Odysseon.com has a growing network of guides, expeditions and trips around the world that tick all of these boxes. Check them out and get inspired!
Make the time; seize the day, and happy adventuring.
Check out our Odysseon Bucket List for a bit of inspiration for planning trips of your own!