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Why we Need Adventure – And How to Create It

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In order to break up the monotony of everyday life, we all need to get away from it all every now and then to avoid the boredom of the daily grind. A bit of adventure in our lives stimulates our hearts and minds and we soon find ourselves on the search for the next one. I know that we would all like to be on another adventure every day, but in reality, that is really not feasible. Therefore, you have to seize the opportunity when you come across it and make the most of it.

 

The good thing is that it is easy to add a bit of excitement into your day and sometimes where and when you least expect it. I have learned to embrace my spirit of adventure and it has led me on many a wondrous journey. More than a few years ago, I became fascinated with road-tripping’ in the same vein as Jack Kerouac and decided to figure out how to go about incorporating that into my own life. Only marginally daunted, I hopped on a plane to Costa Rica with little more than a guidebook and a backpack with just the bare essentials.

 

There were no reservations, no plans, and I spoke hardly a word of Spanish to converse with the locals. That same year, I went to Canada on a whim and ended up picking fruit in the Okanagan Valley with a friend. Not only were these spur of the moment adventures noteworthy, but they truly changed my life and I live for this feeling now. You truly cannot compare it to anything else in the world. Those are not the only ways that you can get a sense of adventure as there are quite a few more that I advise for making life as exciting as possible.

 

Following Your Feet

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When you find yourself unsure, allow your feet to guide the way. Going on a walk in and of itself can be a great way to discover new parks, streets, and gain a sense of adventure. Walk with intention and you will find that your body will naturally tell you where to go. I have discovered so many new things just in my neighborhood simply by getting up and going on a walk down new roads I’ve never seen. It never ceases to amaze me all of the beauty that surrounds me here in the city and every week I am inspired anew.

 

Taking Mini-Trips

 

Of course, longer trips are better, but sometimes you don’t have the time and you have to improvise, which is where the art of the mini-trip comes into play. Getting out of your city and getting away – even if for a day – can add an element of excitement and adventure that residing in the city cannot provide. There are so many islands near me in Vancouver that truly take me to another realm of both my mind and spirit and it is wondrous to realize that these places are not even an hour from my house. It really makes you stop for a moment and rejoice in the smaller things in life.

 

Going to Work a Different Way

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Normally, we are all rushing to work, but on those days when we are not, taking a few extra minutes to take a new path can be more relaxing than you bargained for. You never know what can await you just around the corner and it is a great time to be at one with your inner thoughts.

 

Shopping Somewhere New

 

We all have those grocery and department stores that we religiously go to, but I have found that by changing my schedule a bit, I can be rejuvenated and even sometimes find a bargain I would never have found otherwise. Some of these mini-marts and mom & pop stores have opened up an array of options I’d never considered before and I’m better because of it.

Just A Few Tips

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Anytime you are leaning towards jumping into a new sport, it is important to realize that there are some fundamental rules that come with that, especially when it comes to starting out learning to ski. You really have to know what you are getting yourself into once you are out there on the slopes. With the sun glistening off the snow, the snow-capped mountains and deep blue sky, it is easy to get caught up in the wonder of it all, but in order to truly enjoy the entire experience, the first things must be considered and that’s where these guidelines come into play. Follow these and I guarantee that you will enjoy it as much as skiers around the world do.

 

The Basics

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It’s gravity that enables you to glide from the mountaintop to the bottom of the route in the most direct way. And although it is not always the most desirable or safest route, you should be able to steer as you go and stop or else you probably shouldn’t be up there. Another basic is to remember that nothing beats a good back massage at the end of the day to relax and soothe the aching muscles that are inevitable to come after a long day out skiing.

 

Since snow is slippery, you will have to balance yourself while traveling down the mountainside and this is not as easy as you think. Maintain a stance that is both stable and comfortable while moving down the slope.

 

Staying warm while on the slopes is essential. I find that if I don’t have on the proper clothes, it is far more difficult to concentrate on everything else, so stay warm and you will notice the difference! That means having on sunglasses for the snow that could be falling and the shade, as well as a few layers of cotton. I prefer thermal underwear that is hugging the skin for the best coverage. Note that only one pair of socks are necessary as more than one pair will actually end up making the feet a bit colder and no one wants numb feet. The outer layer should be waterproof, with extra attention paid to the bottom half. It is always a plus to have pockets, the more the merrier.

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You must protect the skin against the wind, sun, and cold. Even when it is cold outside, your skin can end up reeling from the sun, so be sure to apply sunscreen as a protective layer to ward off cold and wind burn.

 

Every piste has a certain color code that reflects difficulty, so be sure to ski with extreme care and attack the different colors as you progress in the morning or afternoon as you wish.

You may not have an accident, but they can happen, which means having insurance on hand can be a benefit in case something happens. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Follow these rules and you will have a much greater time on the slopes and more enjoyment will surely be had!