Time to unplug
Time away from the monotony of daily life is so important. Just one week can refresh, recalibrate and replenish the soul not to mention giving your brain a much-needed rest. Adventure has the capability to remind you who you actually are and what you are capable of. Immersing yourself in an unknown environment and experiencing something for the first time – be it a a new culture, skill set, sporting discipline or group of people – allows you to go back to the basics of human interaction with nature and with each other, and is key in focusing your mind on something other than work and routine – something lying on a beach just can’t give you.
Whilst there are the obvious physical health positives, the mental stimulus is just as important. Most of us are surrounded by tall buildings, coffee shops and terraced houses and in a world where modernism, tech and screens are taking over our lives it is becoming increasingly important to balance and get back in touch with the wild outdoors.
1) Physical health – keeping fit contributes to general health and happiness.
2) No age limit – adventure travel is an activity you can stick with for life.
3) The mental skill of reflectiveness – we are so perpetually busy that most of what we do passes us by in a flash. Adventure journeys ‘marinate’ -meaning we remember and relive them. (bragging rights in bars included!)
4) Tolerance for uncertainty – placing yourself in situations where things might not always go as planned and coping with them is a skill that can be translated into other areas of life.
5) Feeds your dreams and builds confidence. There is something about adventure that builds you up inside and gives an incredible sense of self-worth and self-confidence. You will come back stronger, faster, head held high and ready for whatever the world throws at you. You have just conquered the wild outdoors, what can a business meeting do to you?!
6) Perspective. Learning about unfamiliar cultures and people, tasting new flavour combinations, or simply the thrill of being out of your comfort zone and trying something new – these make us more rounded, interesting people. It can be intense, but it undoubtedly pushes us to use our senses more actively and accurately when we’re travelling in strange new places, and not the same routine we know too well.
7) The endorphin rush. Adventure travel is undoubtedly the most exciting way to chase that endorphin rush, and infinitely preferable to sweating it out in the gym.
8) Mental health. An active lifestyle can prevent onset of depression and anxiety disorders, and in many cases has helped reduce symptoms in already unwell patients.
As Mark Twain once said: ‘twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover’