By Alice Morrison
It’s 7 am on a rainy Monday morning in March. The alarm goes off and you hit snooze. Then, second time round you know you have to get up, get showered and get out to face your week. First of all, you have to get to the office. Maybe you are really lucky and can walk to work, or maybe you are facing an hour in traffic or on the tube. You are at your desk, where you will probably stay till lunchtime. Will you go out? Or will you just eat a sandwich where you sit and surf a bit of Facebook. 3pm and it is slump time. Everyone feels it, just a couple of hours to go till it is home free. You are a superhero and after work you feel motivated to get to the gym or, for a run, or to meet friends. But maybe you left your superhero cape in the wardrobe and it’s back home for some supper and screen time. Whatever your routine, it is a routine, and sometimes you need to recharge, which is exactly where an adventure comes in.
“There are 30,000 days in your life,” says Drew Houston, the founder and CEO of Dropbox. “When I was 24, I realized I'm almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn't failing, it's getting too comfortable. Every day, we're writing a few more words of a story. I wanted my story to be an adventure and that's made all the difference.”
The truth is that life is short and speeds by. Of course, most of those 30,000 days are going to be spent in a cycle of earning money, being with your family and enjoying your weekends but why not spend at least some of them in doing things that are exciting and fun and that make you feel alive.
I’m sure you are nodding along, because everyone likes a bit of fun and excitement. The thing is, many people don’t go for it, because an adventure feels like it may be difficult to find or you fear that you might not be able to do it. Let’s deal with the “I’m too …. to ….” Syndrome. No you are not. You are not too unfit, too tired, too poor, too fat, too old etc, that is all in your mind. If Duncan Wareham, a double amputee, can complete the Marathon des Sables, the toughest footrace on earth, 250km running across the Sahara desert, then you can definitely take on an adventure.
Now let’s look at the “difficult to find” part. Enter… Whereabouts Holidays! Yep, look no further. Of course, I am writing for them, so I would say that wouldn’t I? But, in truth, you really can find any size, shape or difficulty of adventure right here. I’m going to choose three that I fancy, to share with you.
Best for Beginners: Mallorca Multi Activity Holiday This is a corker to get you started on all sorts of fun things from canyoning down rivers and gorges, to leaping and climbing round the cliffs as a coasteer, to channelling your inner cowboy on horseback. It is suitable for families too.
Best for Fit and Fast: Everyone at some time has looked at Everest and dreamt… and this adventure takes you right to the base of the world’s mightiest mountain. You have to be in good shape to take it on, but just think of the boasting rights! https://whereaboutsholidays.com/adventure-holidays/adventure-holidays-nepal/
Best for a Quickie: You might not have endless time, but still fancy doing something really different. This could be the one. 4 days sailing in Croatia. Guaranteed to get you far away from the crowds and offer you some days of bliss on an empty sea.
The thing about adventures, as opposed to straight holidays, is that not only do they give you a break from the daily routine, they also give you the chance to reset your own personal hard drive. By pushing you out of your comfort zone and giving you something fresh to aim for, they force you to forget all about daily life and live in the moment. It is my firm belief that if you sign up for a week’s hiking, biking, kayaking or any other activity, you will go back to work feeling far more refreshed than if you had spent that week lying in the sun or sipping cocktails on the roof (enjoyable as both those things are!).