When I’m not jetting off around the world, I like to take adventure where I can find it in the UK. The weather might not always be ideal (and that’s an understatement). But you don’t need to go to some exotic location to push yourself out of your comfort zone and experience new things.

Learn to Say Yes

Sometimes adventure comes at the most unexpected times, when you’re not even looking for it. But how do you happen upon these accidental adventures? By saying yes to things. You might not know where you’ll end up or what you’ll do, but even a simple walk could end in a rambling adventure. Be open to the possibilities of where every day can take you and don’t be afraid of being spontaneous sometimes. If someone asks you, “Do you want to come to…?”, say yes!

Get Yourself Some Transport

It’s much easier to be spontaneous and seek out adventure if you can get around. You’re never more than 70 miles from the coast in Britain, so if nothing else a trip to the seaside is always in reach. You don’t have to be able to drive to take an unplanned adventure, although it helps. If you don’t drive, you can find just as much adventure on a bike, in a boat or even on foot. I’ve had amazing experiences on mountain bikes, in kayaks and canoes and of course hiking, with no other mode of transport but my feet.

But if you do drive, a campervan or motorhome is an awesome way to travel the UK. It’s your transport and your bed all in one, so you can go where you want and stop where you like. It can get expensive though, so make sure you get campervan insurance quotes and keep an eye on what you’re spending at campsites.

Think Outside the Box

When you’re looking for adventure, it doesn’t happen if you play it safe. Maybe when you think of holidays in the UK you imagine plastic buckets on the beach and strolling through historic towns. But if you convince yourself that’s all there is to it, you’ll close your mind to the more unusual adventures. I would never have imagined that you can kayak the Thames in the dark of night, but I still did it. Keep your mind open to the crazy things, and you’ll find yourself on unexpected adventures. Maybe you’ll learn to stand up paddle board on the Welsh coast or take a journey in an amphibious bus.

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Dave Young

Stop Making Excuses

Sometimes when you’re at home it’s easy to make excuses instead of going exploring. When you’ve booked a holiday, you have your time off all sorted out, specially reserved for adventuring. But the rest of the time there are things that will get in your way – but only if you let them. No time to go off on an adventure? That’s what days off are for. Do you really want to stay in and clean the house instead? No money? There are tonnes of free things to do up and down the country. Too tired? Get out there, and you’ll soon be feeling invigorated and alive.

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