Microadventures Adventures Close to Home – Join us for six minutes of adventure!
You won’t be going far but you’ll discover how adventurer, Alastair Humphreys thinks there’s fun to be had on your doorstep.
Along the way we’ll be exploring the expeditions you could go on and new items of vocabulary to take with you!
Wanderlust – a strong desire to travel
A sense of adventure – the feeling of doing a new, exciting and sometimes dangerous activity
To coin – used a word or phrase that no one has used before
Hunch – an idea you have based on feelings but with no proof
Charm – part of the pleasure or enjoyment of something
On your doorstep – close to where you live
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The term microadventure was made common by British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys and is defined as an overnight outdoor adventure that is “small and achievable, for normal people with real lives”.
The New York Times described a microadventure as “short, perspective-shifting bursts of travel closer to home, inspiring followers to pitch a tent in nearby woods, explore their city by moonlight, or hold a family slumber party in the backyard.”
The concept is flexible enough in its definition to allow the individual to choose the location, duration, and overall scope of the adventure.
Microadventures are generally considered affordable in that little to no specialized gear is required, travel costs are trivial or nonexistent, and only a minimal amount of provisions are needed for the outing.
Often participants will sleep out under the stars using a bivvy bag, rather than a tent, and wild swims are actively encouraged. Microadventures have proved popular with people whose lives are busy with work and/or family commitments.
The Collins Dictionary blog recognised ‘microadventure’ as a neologism in April 2014.