This is the seventh part of a series called 100 ideas to break out the routine and add more adventure to your life. Every week (for a total of 10 weeks) I am going to give you 10 ideas. I have two criteria for the ideas to make the list: they have to be easy and they have to be cheap. You can let me know what you think in the comments section. Also, feel free to share your own ideas.
This series started because I believe that you do not have to depart your country, not even your city, to have a great adventure. And, why is that? Because novel things are adventurous per nature and we can find novel things to do in our own backyard. Therefore, I want to give different ideas to those who are truly interested in working towards accomplishing different things.
61. Have a wildlife experience
It is difficult to resist the allure of watching animals behaving in their natural environment. People pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars to get close to certain species. But don’t worry my friends. There is no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to get in contact with the natural world. Are there natural reserves or protected areas close to where you live? Are there companies offering some sort of natural adventure? Is there any institution dedicated to the care of certain animals and open to the public? If I have been able to have some encounters with the wild in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, I bet you can too.
62. Buy some gourmet food
Why not splurge once in a while in some delicious, out of the ordinary food? Think about the mind blowing flavors of French cheeses, Italian cured meats or Swiss chocolates. Browse for your favorites (or ask for recommendations) in your nearest supermarket or specialty store.
63. Taste a different ice cream flavor
Even ice cream is getting a facelift nowadays. It is possible to go way beyond the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors we grow up with. Tasting different ice cream flavor is one of my favorite activities when traveling. However, there is no need to travel half way around the world to enjoy a frozen treat. I have discovered flavors such as green tea, lavender and black sesame close to my house. The real question is, which flavor to try next?
64. Try a sport
Let me be honest in here. Practicing or watching sports is not one of my favorite things to do. Nonetheless, I recognize sports (or any type of active pursuit) are essential for a healthy life. Even though I do not enjoy sports, I have been trying to walk or run around the house (or the beach). I am also trying to plan daytrips involving lots of hiking. It is my way to be in contact with the outdoors while getting a dose of body movement. I encourage you get active in whatever discipline you enjoy. Or try interesting things like kayaking, climbing or canyoning.
65. Practice the habits of happy people
I am not trying to be philosophical in here. The fact is that there are tons of scientists, sociologists and authors trying to discover the root cause of happiness. Even though their findings may not be definitive or apply to every single person on earth, you can use some of their “discoveries” to your advantage. Practice gratitude. Be engaged in the present. Accept what you cannot change. Sounds like common sense advice, right? Do a little bit of research and start to practice one or two “happiness traits.”
66. Call people in your family once in a while
Seem like many families are all over the place nowadays. For example, I am the only member of my family living in California. That means I am very far from family members living in the East Coast and Puerto Rico. I call regularly my parents and siblings but am guilty of not communicating very often with my extended family. Maybe the same happens to you. What about making a phone call to your favorite uncle or cousin? You won’t regret having news from your loved ones.
67. Be positive on social media
Sometimes the comments made on Facebook and Twitter depresses me. It is like some people don’t have anything else to do but to point out all the bad stuff that happens in their life (I have unfriend some of these). On the contrary, I love to read the updates of some friends who are always encouraging others, posting motivational quotes or finding a funny twist to events. Have you tried to be positive on social media? Maybe this is the key to better interactions and to attract like minded people.
68. Declutter your house/apartment
Have you thought about reorganizing the closet or worst, the garage? We tend to save stuff we don’t need or use. Why not take the determination to organize, clean, throw and donate? Clutter can slow you down in many ways.
69. Host a game night
Repeat after me, games are not only for kids. Friends, food, games and laughs sound like a fun way to spend an evening. Games to try: Charades, Pictionary, Taboo.
70. Use a new fragrance
Don’t you like when a person walks close to you and you are able to smell their amazing perfume? Some fragrances have the power to awake certain emotions. Go to the store and pick a cologne or perfume that makes you feel good.
Do you have some ideas? Let me know in the comments section below.