The 48 Hour Adventurer
The real voyage of discovery consists now in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
- Marcel Proust
One day it hit me, adventures are the best way to learn. There is a belief that exists in our society that in order to travel, to explore, to see new sights – you must quit your job and give up all sense of responsibility. I highly disagree and have found a way to always experience a sense of exploration in my life while still maintaining a 40 hour work week.
If you can learn to make the most out of your two days, just 48 hours off of work each week, I promise you will find happiness and a newfound freedom as you enjoy nature through discovering new sights.
As someone who has lived in 3 beautiful cities in under 1 year, I know what it is like to live with my eyes wide open. In a constant state of newness. We all resist change, and despise feelings of uncomfortablity. I’ve learned that when I cultivate awareness around my fear and my hesitations towards change, I actually find myself living in freedom as opposed to resisting what is meant to be.
Even if you are living in the same home that you were born and raised in, you can still shake your life up right now for the better. There are always new experiences waiting to unfold, that are meant just for you. Be willing to feel change, to let your guard down, to create relationships with new people, and to get uncomfortable.
One of my favorite ways to explore is to do it all alone. When was the last time you were truly alone? In silence? Reflection? Imagine what you will learn about yourself and the world you have created if you take just 10 minutes to reflect on your dreams, your aspirations, and even your fears that are holding you back.
When I’m in a state of exploration, I find moments of pure freedom, happiness, and presence. I am able to escape the threshold that life tends to keep us bound to, and instead I am able to fully let go, and just be.
So here it is. If you want to be an adventurist, an explorer, a creator of change in your own life. Follow the steps below and enjoy every moment!
1. Ask the locals. Find out where those hidden, secret spots exist. Trust me, they are out there. You just haven’t taken the initiative to discover them just yet.
2. Grab a backpack, load up for the day. Bring a lot of water, snacks, a journal and an inspiring book.
3. Have absolutely NO expectations. Let go of awareness of time. Stay present. When you feel fear arise, grab your journal. Write it out, realize how silly your fear now sounds and then let it go!
4. Be open to meeting new people, to going completely off course, to getting lost and trust that you will always find your way back home.
5. Unplug. Turn off your eletronics. Airplane mode is my favorite. I can still take epic photos as I wander, yet stay present by tuning out what the rest of the world is up to. This is your time, keep it scared and pure.
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
- Helen Keller