Finding the time to get outdoors and adding a little adventure to our everyday lives can be challenging but it isn’t impossible! In fact, it is a lot easier than a lot of people think -  queue the term Micro Adventure. If you haven’t heard of Micro Adventures yet you have probably been too busy out micro adventuring.

A Micro Adventure (a term coined by Alastair Humphreys) does exactly what it says on the tin – an adventure outside but on a smaller scale than what people would usually associate the word ‘adventure’ with. The idea is that having fun outdoors is accessible to everyone and that, with a little bit of creativity and an open mind, it can be exciting whatever the weather and even if you only have one evening to spare. Even though the term was invented here in the UK, its’ roots are firmly planted in the Scandinavian way of life and Friluftsliv.

I think we can all relate to the usual routine - its 5pm, and you are starting to switch off and think about getting the kids from school, heading home to put the dinner on, or go to the gym. But why not switch it up a bit – make a picnic (or an outnic as Light My Fire call it), get the kids, the dog, your friends and head outside for dinner alfresco. It will be refreshing for your mind, fun for the kids and thrilling for all of your souls.

Micro Adventures are great fun with friends and family but don’t be put off doing some of them solo. Some of my favourite adventure memories are from when I decided to head out on my own. I seem to come across interesting characters more when I am on my own – I guess because one person is more approachable than a group of people. I also feel I am more confident in approaching others as I have no other option really.

Solo micro adventures are obviously a bit more daunting but if you are prepared they should be a whole lot of fun. As with any activity outdoors, it is always way more enjoyable if you are comfortable and have the right gear with you, so make sure you dress and pack for the environment / weather forecast. Layers are always your best friend, especially in Scotland when at any time of year we can have four seasons in one day. As long as you have good clothing, food, water, torches, batteries, first aid kits, wine – you know, all the essentials necessary to sustain life - you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without any worry.

I recently had a couple of free days and decided to make the most of them by travelling around the North Coast of Scotland, which when I reached John O’Groats discovered is now known as the North Coast 500. The best thing I did was leave the sat nav at home! Too often do we rely on technology these days and it can really make us miss out. With a sat nav I often switch off and go to the end destination without any real consideration. Armed with only a map, I had to think through my route a bit more and pay attention to what was nearby. I could spot things that looked interesting as my head was more switched on and it also offered the flexibility to change my route whenever I wanted. I stumbled across loads of cool things and people, including Smoo Cave and its keeper / guide – Colin Coventry. The cave is unique in the UK because the first chamber was formed by sea water, while the inner chambers were formed by fresh rain water.

You don’t have to go far to stumble across these types of things though – try going out for a walk near your home, venture down a street you’ve never been down before, or turn left at the spot where you usually turn right and see where you end up. You could wrap up warm and go to your local hill to watch the sun set or visit the beach and watch the waves.

Young or old, lots of time or very little time – the outdoors is only a few steps away and there is lots of possibilities for adventure and connecting with nature. We will be talking all about micro adventures and Friluftsliv at our event tomorrow night in Glasgow. Find out more here and hope to see you there!