Define adventures and what immediately springs to mind? For most of us, it’s things like travelling the world in a campervan, flying over Niagara Falls in a helicopter or cage diving with sharks.
Sounds amazing but pretty damn expensive!
I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. And that’s the case for so many regular folk like you and I who shelve the big adventures because of cost limitations. It’s easy to say ‘one-day’, but then the roof needs fixing and the car needs replacing, so the essential stuff takes precedence and the big dreamy adventures sit on the shelf.
Your life, your rules , Your adventures
The problem is, we’ve seen it time and time again on social media. People jumping out of planes and having adventures on an epic and costly scale. So anything less can make us feel a bit inferior and boring.
Besides, some of us just don’t feel the need to have wild, crazy and expensive adventures. We’re not that kind of person and we’ve got family and financial commitments. And that’s perfectly ok. It’s your life – there’s no rules as to how you should live it and spend your money.
New experiences and opportunities
But what if I told you that an adventure is simply ‘an unusual or daring experience’? Where does it say that it has to cost a small fortune? And anyway, how do you know that Sally or Jim haven’t got themselves into massive amounts of debt to fund their mega adventure?
An adventure involves getting outside your comfort zone, and opening yourself up to new experiences and places. It helps you see things from a different perspective, plus there’s scope to find something new that you love. Or rediscovering excitement in an old forgotten hobby.
Adventures also involve seizing opportunities and taking a new path in life – whether that’s starting a business or starting a family.
Adventures are good for you…regardless of cost!
And here comes the science part. Adventures are actually good for you regardless of how much they cost! They’re a natural antidote to stress, they encourage us to live in the moment and help us to break out of a safe routine. All this means you’ll be more productive, be able to harness your creativity, and find it easier to push your boundaries in the future.
How to have cost-effective adventures
Sounds amazing doesn’t it? But how can we have adventures without breaking the bank? Look no further, we’ve come up with some handy tips;
Do free stuff
Coco Chanel once said “The best things in life are free, the second best things are very, very expensive.” It may sound a bit twee and outdated in today’s world but we think Coco’s point is still very valid. Sure, money can buy you material things but happiness often comes from things and experiences that we don’t own or have to buy.
Even science has backed up that theory. Visiting the beach or taking a walk on a sunny day will boost your serotonin or ‘happy hormone’ levels massively. The same has been said for volunteering which has enormous benefits to our health. The more we give, the happier we feel.
There’s tons of stuff you can do without spending a penny. Sign up for a free online course, go on a stargazing adventure in your local park or go on a bike ride.
We all have a friend or family member who’s got a skateboard lying around in the garage, or a camera that’s gathering dust. So why not push yourself outside your comfort zone and borrow their kit? It’s way cheaper than buying and gives you an opportunity to try it first.
You never know, it may spark the start of an adventure that you never even considered!
Club together with friends
Science yet again proves that shared experiences are more enjoyable. So if cash flow’s an issue, club your costs together with friends or family and make the adventure heaps more fun!
Go on an outdoor picnic, have a barbeque or a campfire on the beach or go camping. If each person contributes towards food, equipment, petrol and accommodation costs, it will make the adventure way more cost effective than going solo.
Indulge in child’s play
As children we live in the moment and enjoy creative things like painting and crafting. In childhood, we never thought ahead to mind blowing expensive adventures and were happy with simple, inexpensive activities.
With the emergence of adult colouring books which help with mindfulness, scientists have proved the importance of child’s play on adult well being. It helps to express our feelings, encourages creativity and helps us to push our own boundaries
Child’s play doesn’t cost a small fortune either! It’s good for you health and your purse strings!
Save up, don’t give up
Adventures are important for all of us and it’s essential to our wellbeing to make them a priority. If you’re going on regular days out or want to take the kids mountain biking and need to hire bikes, set aside a monthly adventure fund. That way, you’ll have something to aim towards and look forward to on a regular basis.
And if that shark diving experience is still high on your agenda, open up an account and start saving. It may take time but rather than letting the dream sit on the shelf, you’ll have something tangible to aim for and it will help you stay on track.
For more ideas on how to go on awesome, cost effective adventures, join us today and share your goals.