Many people love the idea of taking their children on microadventures. But there are many valid reasons why it can be hard to do. There are even more imagined barriers that get in the way.

So here, in their own words, are a collection of stories and advice from loads of families who take their kids out on overnight microadventures. If it inspires you to action, then find out more about Microadventures on Facebook, read the Microadventure FAQ page, or even buy the book.

It’s a long piece so put the kettle on first. Then settle down to hear the…

It’s over seven years since I first tentatively began dabbling with my new idea of “microadventures” on this blog. Over the past winter I’ve been mulling over leaving both microadventures and bigger expeditions behind entirely and moving on to pastures new. But, quite apart from me still enjoying my days and nights out in the wild as much as ever, I hear so many lovely stories from people whose microadventures have changed and improved their lives that it seems carrying on banging the drum is the right thing to do.

The days are growing warmer, the evenings longer. It is…

Blogs like mine are supposed to decry technology and yearn for the good old days of romping in the hills. I like a romp in the hills as much as the next man, but there’s no denying that smartphones and apps play a fantastically useful role in modern life.

Here are my ten favourite apps. Please let me know in the comments of any others that you would recommend.

  • Freedom — blocks social media apps and distracting websites. Invaluable for a weak-willed person like me.
  • Headspace — meditation made simple. I’d urge you to give their introductory Take Ten course…

• Don’t boast.
• Don’t moan.
• Don’t talk too much. Listen and learn.
• Quality over quantity.
• Substance over style.
• Don’t feel you have to hide your weaknesses all the time.
• Share your expertise generously.
• Offer to help more than you ask other people to do things for you.
• Admire and emulate your heroes.
• Don’t be jealous. Remember that the beautiful swan is frantically paddling beneath the current.
• Work hard. Remember that the beautiful swan has paddled long and hard to get where she is.
• Go deep. Tchaikovsky worked harder than just inventing hasty aphorisms about swans. Swan Lake his reward and…

I have a love-hate relationship with Tim Ferriss. I’ve followed his musings on self-improvement, ‘lifestyle design’, and getting shit done for years. I have always been half in awe at what he does well (book promoting, network building, living efficiently) and half cringed at what can be seen as douchebag levels of self-promotion, plus a penchant for weird overly-American quick fix diets.*

Tim’s podcast has interviewed a staggering range of successful people (including the decidedly wonderful Derek Sivers and Seth Godin who taught me masses about building an online audience) and I’ve dipped in and out of it for yonks.

Email newsletters are usually annoying. I work hard to make mine as infrequent, interesting and useful as I can.

In terms of receiving newsletters, the two I enjoy the most, without fail, are those from The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim (same folk, different hats, mas o menos).

I have been intending, for a while, to write a blog post about what I’ve learned about writing successful newsletters. But then today the Do Lectures did it for me in their latest newsletter. Here’s what they have to say. It’s good. Use it, Share it, Sign up for their newsletter…


I was longing for an adventure, but money was scarce and I couldn’t see how a bread supply was to be kept up. Or at least, that was my current excuse for not doing something about it.

I know that I could, under ordinary circumstances, accumulate wealth and obtain a fair position in society, and I am arrived at an age that requires that I should choose some definite course for life. …

There are many ways to skin a cat; many ways to share your adventure story (about the time you skinned that cat, perhaps). Each one comes with pros and cons. Before you commit to one over another, it’s worth spending some time to ask yourself what is the point of your adventure, and what is the point of you going to the effort to share that story.

Asking yourself these questions might be helpful.

  1. Why do you want to have the adventure?
  2. Why do you want to tell the story of the adventure?
  3. Who do you want to share the…

One part of my life is about adventure. Another part of my life is about creating stories. And another is about building an online audience, and using this to pay the bills. These books have been massively useful for helping me turn my love for adventure and stories into a viable career.

If you run a blog or a small business, then I recommend all of these.

Please do add any other recommendations you may have in the comments section below.

  • The War of Art — Steven Pressfield
  • The Escape Manifesto
  • How to Get Rich — Felix Dennis
  • Tribes —…

If you attend an adventure film festival, or read a few travel books, or follow any Instagram feeds with inspiring photos overlaid with pithy quotes, then you will have heard people pontificating about the definition of adventure and what the word means to them.

Beyond the clichés, however, I find that it can be quite a tricky question to answer succinctly.

If you are looking to plan a journey of your own it is definitely worth asking yourself the question. The answer you settle on can help illuminate the direction that your plans should go.

So, what is adventure?


Alastair Humphreys

Adventurer, Microadventurer, Blogger, Motivational Speaker, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. #microadventure #adventure1000

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