Hey all you Adventurous Lifestyle Lovers…
Despite being broke in college, I had a taste for adventure. In my junior year, I made some amazing friends who introduced me to outdoor activities, including rock climbing, camping, and skiing. I have never been one much for sports, nor had I ever been terribly outdoorsy — until then.
Through these activities, I made some of the best memories I have of college: packing up the car last minute with camping supplies; heading out at 8 p.m. with an impending thunderstorm chasing right after us; driving up to the ski resort after class; spending nights zooming between trees and falling face first into the snow.
I loved it.
It wasn’t always perfect though. As struggling college students, we would often have to lean on our credit cards and search for cheap ways to go out. Though we lacked funds, we always managed ways to try new things within our budgets. Here are the top three things I learned:
LEADING AN ADVENTUROUS LIFESTYLE
Live Wild, Stay Safe
The top priority when trying new things and living an adventurous lifestyle is to keep yourself safe. It can be tempting to try and keep up with experienced friends or jump in the deep end, but it is better to find your limit and set boundaries.
Some activities, like paddle-boarding, might seem like they are virtually risk-free, but it is still important to take the necessary precautions. For example, stand-up paddle board instructor Scott Jorss advises that “it’s important to remember that you’re in charge of your own safety when you’re out on the water, whether it’s knowing how to get back on your board if you fall off or understanding what moving water is safest.”
When it comes to living an adventurous lifestyle and going out on mountains, whether it’s for camping, skiing, hiking, or rock climbing, there are many variables that come into play that can greatly impact the danger level of an activity.
Not every activity has to be a wild excursion. Sometimes, the unplanned, last-minute adventures are the ones where you end up making the best memories. Whatever you are preparing for, make sure to always be prepared for emergency situations, especially when taking part in dangerous and isolated activities like off-roading or other sports that take place deep in the mountains. Always pack extra water, blankets, and clothes in your car. For road trips or off-roading excursions, make sure you have the essential emergency equipment for your car:
- Full tank of gas and, if possible, an extra can
- Water for the radiator
- Fire extinguisher
- A car jack, spare tire, and tools to change it
- A shovel
- A small air compressor
- Tow rope
You Don’t Got the Money, Honey
Millennials are truly following their own unique consumer trends like online shopping, renting instead of buying homes, and splurge on memories rather than consumer goods. Taking advantage of nature is one of the best ways to make memories with your loved ones, but it can get expensive.
The trick to doing this when you don’t have a lot of extra money is investing your money sparingly. Always look for deals online, discounted passes, and second-hand equipment. Using the resources around you, like friends who can lend you equipment or have guest passes to climbing gyms, can make things more affordable.
You can also choose one or two hobbies to collect the equipment. For example, if your lifestyle includes rock climbing often, you can get shoes, carabiners, a harness, a chalk bag, and a belay device. You can buy one item at a time every time you have the chance to until you have everything you want and check out second-hand sports stores. This way, you won’t have to spend all your money at once; you will be smart with your money, and you can still get the equipment you need to dedicate more time to your hobby.
Go For It!
While these sort of outings take some level of planning, they call for just as much spontaneity and willingness to embrace new challenges — and they help you recharge your energy. You can prepare by working out and building the strength and endurance necessary, but sometimes you need to learn by just doing it.
One of my favorite memories of adventuring in college was packing up the dogs in my small Geo Metro that was barely big enough to hold my groceries let alone my camping supplies. It was a last-minute decision between my best friend and myself, it started raining on our way up the mountain, and we improvised for a lot of our supplies. We only went an hour outside of the city and left relatively early the next day, but I look back at that trip often.
You don’t have to go all-in with everything you try, and not every adventure you go on needs to be extravagant. Explore whatever is nearby and take your friends with you. There is always something to do, even if it’s as simple as going off-roading outside the city for a few hours.
Memorable experiences are the goal. Remember to stay within your limits, both physically and economically. So long as you come out of your adventures in one piece and with a good time to remember, it’ll be worth it.
So Sassy Peeps, do yo live an adventurous lifestyle? If so, how do you find ways to adventure? Inquiring minds want to know!!
Have A Happy Healthy, and Remember to Always… Stay Sassy!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Geo Sique is a contributor from Idaho and graduate from Boise State University. With a passion for health, she often writes articles on mental and physical health, as well as outdoor activities that inspire her to stay active. Twitter handle: Geo Sique