Ten Simple Ways to Add Some Adventure To Your Life This Weekend

29 Dec

Not all adventures require being upside down. Photo by Flickr user frankenschulz.

Adventure doesn’t always mean climbing a mountain or going bungee jumping. It can simply mean doing something unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary.

Like so:

  1. Make up a new recipe using an ingredient you’ve never used before. Have you ever tried cooking nopales (prickly pear cactus)? How about smoked paprika?
  2. Host a couchsurfer. You provide the couch for an out-of-town guest, and you’ll make a new friend in the process.
  3. Play the “Left Right Forward” game while driving with a friend. The passenger instructs the driver to go left, right, or forward at each intersection until you’re completely lost.
  4. Go without internet for a day and see what happens.
  5. Strike up a conversation with a stranger. Tyler Tervooren at Advanced Riskology has a great article about why it’s important to talk to strangers (if you’re not a kid).
  6. Rearrange your furniture. You’ll gain a whole new perspective, and you’ll be more excited to spend time at home.
  7. Volunteer. Check out Idealist.org or VolunteerMatch.org and find an opportunity that matches your skills and interests.
  8. Sign up to take a free class at Skillshare.com. Better yet, sign up to teach one.
  9. Ask someone out on a date. Or if you’re already in a relationship, make it a friend date.
  10. Make something. I recommend bucket stilts or a flipbook.

Let me know if you try any of these.

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5 Responses to “Ten Simple Ways to Add Some Adventure To Your Life This Weekend”

  1. Sarah December 29, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    I am all over #4! At least one day this weekend 🙂

  2. intrepidtraveller December 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    What a great list and so happy I just came across it! One of my New Years Resolutions is to have more mini weekend adventures in my own country, everyone always has fun abroad but I’m sure there is plenty of fun to be had in my own country too. Plus I gotta get off this computer!!!

    • Hannah Kane December 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

      Yes, being a tourist in your own town is a great resolution! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. Amber Hubert December 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    I just looked on http://www.skillshare.com. It sounds like a great idea but apparently no one in LA is teaching classes. They’re just thinking about it. I added some to my watch list in case anyone decides to teach one. Hope so, cause it sounds super fun. Is the site new?

    • Hannah Kane December 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      You should teach one!

      As I understand it, Skillshare started in NYC where it’s a pretty popular service (that’s where I heard about it), but is just now spreading to other cities. I’m on a mission to make it successful in Portland!

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