In this day and age we spend a lot of time inside or glued to some sort of electronic device. It’s time to go out and enjoy the outside world. Rain or shine, get out and do something instead of looking at pictures of, or reading about, other people doing these things. Be one of those people who does things. You just need to get out and start doing, go on adventures, inject fun back into your life, make the most of your free time.
Adventure and fun does not mean spending lots of money or going on holidays. It’s all about how you look at it. For some people a long car journey can be boring but for others they turn the journey into a mini adventure.
Here are some ideas to get you trying something different or to give you a starting point to think about other ways you too can live a life that is full of fun and adventure. It is about your life and your enjoyment – not trying to show a certain image to the world. It’s time to get you out and start having even more fun – and maybe even getting fit whilst doing so.
Jar of Activities
Use a large jar and then think of various activities to do and write each one on either a piece of paper or lollipop stick, then place all the ideas in the jar. One day a week pick a random piece of paper or stick and do that activity. Think outside the box and try and come up with activities that you wouldn’t normally do as well as other activities that you love to do but don’t do as often as you would like.
Go Thrift Shopping
Shopping is expensive, no doubt about it. Why not give thrifting a go, you can get most items second hand if you are patient and don’t mind rummaging – clothes, sports equipment, crafting items, home accessories, garden stuff, furniture. Yard sales, thrift shops and vintage shops can be great places to find items you may not be able to afford new or to find one of a kind pieces that no one else will be wearing or using. You don’t even have to buy anything to have fun – create a list of odd things and go hunting to see if you can check them off your list. If you are with others you can see who can come up with the most outrageous outfit.
The fun of thrifting is you never know what you will find. Think of it as a treasure hunt.
Try a New Sport
Horse riding, rock climbing, golf, tennis, kayaking, sailing, kickboxing, krav maga, boxing, the list could go on and on. Is there a sport you would like to try? It is amazing how much of a workout you can get whilst doing something you enjoy. You never know you may find yourself with a new hobby.
Go on a Picnic
The beach, the park, the garden – anywhere you can set your blanket down. Go by yourself and read a book, soak up some sun and watch the clouds float by or go with others and take some games – board games, frisbee, softball etc.
Have A Float Race or Duck Contest
Grab your pool floatie, whether it is a unicorn, swan, flamingo or your traditional floating bed. Grab it and challenge friends or family to a floatie race. If racing is not your thing then why not get some bath ducks – mini or regular size and throw them all into the pool. Give each person a small bug catching net (you know the small nets on a short pole) and use your floats to make your way around the pool trying to catch the most ducks.
Be a Tourist
How many people live near tourist spots but never visit them because there is always another day to do that kind of stuff as it’s so close to home? There is no necessity to try and see everything in the area because they are always there. Well now is the time to go be a tourist either in your own town or any other town nearby. Don’t forget to send yourself a postcard.
Use A Map
Plan a mini road trip or cycle trip and get there by using a paper map instead of your GPS. Sometimes you find the best places by accident when you take a wrong turning. Or the best tales are from when something unexpected happened on a trip. You can always keep your GPS in the glovebox/bag in case your map reading skills really do fail you. Plan the trip with mini stops to make the most of the journey. Maps aren’t just limited to roads, grab a hiking map and find the trails.
Become an Artist
Be an artist for the day. Paint, pens, crayons, chalk or pencils. Choose a medium and go find something to draw or paint. Take a canvas or a notebook whatever works best for you, choose a subject to paint and find a spot to settle down comfortably. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, creating something is always rewarding.
Start a Challenge
A daily challenge or weekly, as long as you can fit it in with your schedule and it excites you. Maybe take a photo each day/week of absolutely anything. You could theme it if you preferred e.g. animals, plants, buildings, clouds and so on and on. Or why not try a different yoga pose per day. Find something you enjoy though, that way you are more likely to keep at it.
Did you ever join in those hunts where you got into teams and were given a list of miscellaneous objects to find and bring them back to a finish point? First person or group back won a prize. Why not arrange one of these with a group of friends or even just one other person, hey, you could even do the hunt alone. Create a list of things to find or places to visit – evidence is to be collected either the item itself or a photo of you at the specific place. Maybe arrange to have a picnic at the end of it all.
Create Your Own Oasis
Plants can transform your home inside and out. Make your garden (or part of it), patio, or balcony into a relaxing space where you can relax, listen to music, read, enjoy a drink etc. Use outside fairy lights, plants in pots or hanging from walls, standing on tables, outdoor rugs and pillows to create a place where you can spend time outside without being far away from home. If you don’t have an outside area, is it possible to create a space in your home where you can create a similar feeling to being outside – perhaps using lots of plants in a cozy nook? You could even create a vertical garden!
OK, so there are just some ideas to get you doing something different. Life is for living and sometimes we just need to put in a little bit of extra effort. It is easy to fall into routines and do the same thing day in and day out but when that happens you find time has passed and the things you really wanted to do or try just never happened.
Go out and have fun, the internet will still be here when you get back.