On Microadventures – Take charge of your 5-to-9 life

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Microadventurer Kam of Campfire Chic

Alastair Humphreys is the dude behind the idea of a microadventure. He describes microadventures as your 5-to-9 life…the time between getting off of work in the evening and heading back in the morning…it’s 16 hours of freedom waiting to be used. It’s the “reset button for busy lives.” Microadventures “are are adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple and short.” He has a whole book on Microadventures* that I haven’t read yet, but will get around to browsing soon enough.

Amy mentioned Alastair’s site to me and the term microadventure earlier this year and I was hooked. I mean, that’s what I do.

I am stretching this idea of the microadventure to include my weekends. Alastair would understand.

It’s getting out of work on Fridays and heading straight to the beach for a few hours of stand up paddleboarding. It’s spending an entire day driving and walking around Los Angeles visiting museums, eating the hottest things on Yelp, and taking photos. It’s going on a sunset hike to avoid the heat at home. It’s embracing the once-dreaded time change this winter…because I know that means night hikes and bonfires.

I follow plenty of adventure, outdoor, and travel bloggers and I hesitate to write the word adventure anymore because I’m not exactly through-hiking the John Muir Trail, climbing in various locations across the world, or spending extended periods of time living out of the United States. I’m hanging out close to home and trying new things as I come across them.

What I’m doing is microadventuring. 

Alastair has a ton of resources on his site including how to plan your microadventure (which is actually a ton of individual posts) and ideas for simple microadventures like commuting to and from work a different way. There are some things on his site that remind me that not everybody is going to be within reasonable driving distance to someplace where they can camp overnight and then head back to work the next day, so I’m taking things in stride and making these microadventures my own.

My plan:

  • Keep a microadventure kit in my car for an easy transition between getting off of work and starting my evening. I’m thinking it will be much simpler but should include a headlamp, water bottle, first aid kit, spare clothes, extra socks. I don’t need this to be a full bugout bag, but something close to it and flexible for the “seasons”. I say “seasons” because this is Southern California and I have no idea what an actual season is like.
  • Involve my friends. Sure we’ll get together for dinner on a whim, but what about a night hike? What about going to the grunion run? Or going on a night paddleboarding tour?
  • Keep trying new things. Because that’s the other thing I do. I like to try new things, experience being a beginner, and sharing what I learn.

What do you think? Are you up for some microadventures?


*That right there is an Amazon affiliate link. I’ll get a small portion of the sales made through the link (of anything in your cart) which will then support Campfire Chic and upcoming microadventures. 

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  • Sara September 15, 2014, 5:28 am

    Honestly, what I do is probably considered micro-adventuring too! Similar to you, I have a busy schedule (full-time nursing student) so finding time for longer adventures is really difficult. Instead I’ll take 3 hours to go paddleboarding (LOVE it!) or kayaking, take a short hike 15 minutes from home (it’s amazing the places I’ve found) or just try something new. I love reading about your microadventures since often, they are things I can do too.
    PS: I really enjoy your blog, I don’t think I’ve ever commented before haha.

  • Amy T Schubert September 15, 2014, 8:45 am

    I love the idea of microadventures. I love how accessible it is. I love that we live in CA where we have so many options.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your microadventures!!!

  • Kristin | My Life as a Teacup September 16, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I love this idea and honestly, was just thinking the other day about the “adventures” – just exploring of the city – that I used to go on but don’t anymore. Even if it’s just a trip up the Incline to see the city at night, it shouldn’t be a big endeavour but rather a JUST GO DO IT! moment.

    If I were in CA I’d totally come night hike with you. I’ll be there in spirit.

  • Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb September 16, 2014, 4:49 pm

    I LOVE the idea. We can’t always get away but microadventures are perfect.

  • krystal September 16, 2014, 7:43 pm

    love this!!! checking out his site and book now :D thanks.

  • Alastair Humphreys September 17, 2014, 7:55 am

    Welcome! It’s great to see folk all round the world squeezing adventure into busy lives. Here’s what I did just today (a very boring day travelling home from a conference I was speaking at) to liven up my day: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/man-suit-swim/

  • Traci Lehman September 17, 2014, 8:32 am

    Amen! Love, live, microadventures!


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