Adventure Muscles

Get out there!

I often say that as a tagline for my travel consultant business. It is not always that easy though. There are a number of hurtles to getting out the door on an adventure. The first and biggest obstacle to any challenge or adventure is yourself.

I believe everyone is capable of challenging themselves, finding adventure and loving it. But adventure is a like a muscle. If you have not used it much, or not for a long time (Im talking to you parents) your abilities will be smaller. For you an independent tour of Colombia would be like trying to deadlift 400 lbs on your first day at a gym. There would be pain.

Adventure is not likely to be found on your couch but you do not always need to go to the ends of the earth either. In my opinion, when you travel with your kids in tow, you are on an adventure. So if your adventure muscle has atrophied, start small. Take a road trip to somewhere not too far away and stay a night or two. Maybe camping if that is fun for you. Build up to a cruise and then an all inclusive resort. Soon you will be looking at African Safaris for families (yup there are plenty). Get started because just like your fleshy muscles the longer you go without using your adventurous side, the harder it gets to start.

Personally, I doubt my adventure muscle will ever be strong enough to do Colombia with my kids in tow, but there is a big wide world out there and I don’t want anyone to miss it. So, gird your loins, ask other parents for advice, hire an expert if you need to, but get out there.

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen