At the start of 2017 I made the decision to quit my job and embark on some adventures which I’d been thinking up for the past few months and years. While I’d spent many weeks and months travelling now I wanted to do something different.
Current adventure: Small Islands, Big Walk. Walking hundreds of miles across the Islands of Spain.
I’ve long dreamt of going on adventures. Over the last few years I’ve spent hours upon hours scouring google and coming up with half-cocked, less-than-sensible ideas about places I could travel and things I could do. The main problem was that I always got attached to an idea for 15 minutes before jumping to something else. I’ve come up with a million other excuses too. There’s no time left for excuses. 2017 is the year of adventures.
While I’ve come up with literally hundreds of ideas, they all had some things in common. I wanted my travel to be largely man-powered, passing through the destinations which are often over-looked; the destinations in-between. Importantly, as with all my travels, I wanted to see how far I can make my budget stretch and show you how you how affordable it is to experience what the world has to offer.
Therefore, while it’d undoubtedly be awesome to hike to the North Pole or conquer Everest, don’t expect any of that here (nothing to do with my complete lack of ability, honest). Instead, why not click on the pictures below to see exactly what adventures and microadventures I’ve been taking and find out for yourself how easy and affordable it is to get out and explore the world.
What’s a Microadventure?
A microadventure is an adventure which is short, cheap and local to your current location. Yet it’s still exciting and rewarding too. With many people living in cities, often stuck unhappily working 9-5 jobs, a microadventure offers a realistic escape back to wilderness and a simple opportunity to find some serenity in the great outdoors. It could involve camping out on top of a hill or travelling by bike or foot on a journey you’d usually drive. It’s that simple.
Where’s the money come from?
I’ve had a few people ask me how I manage to afford my travels recently and I imagine the same question will pop up as I start telling stories of my adventures. In short – I worked and saved. I cut back on things that I use to spend way too much money on and prioritised my travels. If you save £20 a week, you’ll have over a thousand within a year. That’s enough for a few months on the road. Perhaps I’ll write more about this soon.
I’m planning my first big adventure of the year in February. Until then, I hope to undertake a few microadventures and see some more of the country that I’ve neglected over the past few years.