This is the third 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.
Today, I want to leave you with a quote of Helen Keller:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
Here is the third part of the series.
21. Plan a non-traditional birthday party
Why is that every time you are invited to a birthday party you know the whole sequence of events that are going to occur? With all the birthday parties and other events during the year, it gets kind of predictable what is going to happen. And sometimes predictability is not fun. You can break the mold and do something different. If you are planning a birthday party for yourself or somebody you know, you have the opportunity to do something different.
Why not plan a non-traditional party? What about a themed party? (Hawaiian, Greek, Chinese) Or just choose a different venue (park, beach, a friend’s house with a pool or a nice view). I was once invited to a Fear Factor themed birthday party. The funniest part was seeing people eating the nasty food. That was probably the most memorable birthday party I have assisted. Great fun!!!
Or you can get creative with your gift. What about only accepting cash gifts and donating the money to a good cause? Or, you can use your money for adventures selected by your guests.
22. Establish a relationship with a neighbor, coworker or classmate
I don’t know if this has happened to you. Sometimes you walk by a neighbor, coworker or classmate tons of times and you don’t even know that person’s name. What about saying hi? What about engaging in a simple conversation? You never know. A dear friendship can be formed from a simple exchange. Additionally, that person you always see around can be very cool and interesting and you are losing the opportunity to establish a relationship that can enrich your life.
23. Greet people
This sounds simple but is really important. Don’t you get annoyed every time somebody is rude and /or rough? I think we have enough of those in this world. Please, don’t add unnecessary impoliteness when is not needed. Good morning, thanks and please are magic words. Greet store workers before asking for help or paying what you bought. Greet people when you get to the office, on an elevator or when you enter the doctor’s office. You show respect to others and the climate becomes warmer and familiar.
24. Hang out with kids
Ok, another one that may not be so easy for some people. See, I have to confess that kids are not my favorite friends. But I have to admit it is really an adventure to hang out with them. If you have kids, let them plan the activities for a family day. Do what they want to do. If you don’t have kids, I know you know tons of people who do. Join your friend’s family for a day out and go and play with the kids.
You can also ask questions to kids about school or the programs they watch on TV. They usually have a lot of interesting stories. Oh and by the way, if you want to know something about your friends, ask them. They will tell you a lot (I mean a lot) of details. Whoops!! I was not supposed to tell you that.
You can also ask kids to show you how to do something. For example, ask them to show you how to play a video game. You may get surprised at how much they know about certain areas.
25. Go hiking
Walking around nature can be refreshing. A hike can bring you a lot of benefits. First, it is good for your health. Second, it is a bonding experience if you go with your partner or a friend. Third, you may encounter beautiful flora and fauna. And there are many more benefits!!!
Yesterday, I went to hike around the Palos Verdes Peninsula (in California). I was rewarded with fresh air and expansive ocean views. Plus, I was able to observe wildlife. I was so impress.
Find hiking trails close to where you live. Decide which ones you want to do and set a day apart to go. Local reserves and wilderness areas offer nature walks during the weekends. Try to find if these are available near your house. You can join one and learn about the area’s geology, flora and fauna.
26. Ride a bike
For me, riding a bike is always fun. If you do not own a bike, visit an area where you can rent one for an affordable price. It is just nice to pedal and feel the air in your face. Plus, is a great way to cover longer distances without having to deal with driving a car. You can also try mountain biking which can be more challenging but may offer the opportunity to have more fun and learn new skills.
27. Spend a day next to the water
Plan a day next to a beach, lake or river. This is a popular idea for many and for a reason. Take a dip into the refreshing water or plan to do some water related activities.
28. Go to an antiques, thrift or second hand store
Want to find real treasures at good prices? Visit antiques or second hand stores. I am not an advocate of buying things just because. Therefore, I am recommending this because you may find things you need. Additionally, the prices may be really tempting. Many people find good pieces of clothing and cooking in these places.
I also thing that these types of stores can help you to find inspiration because they may have merchandise you do not usually see in the places you visit. I am not kidding. Famous designers visit these types of stores regularly. They pick up pieces that they can use later for projects. Who knows? You may find artistic inspiration in these places.
29. Go out and take pictures
Do you think you live in a bland and boring neighborhood? Think twice. Take you camera and go out to find interesting shots. In this way, you are going to see everything from a different perspective. I have seen artists who use their surroundings to create awesome pieces of art. They photograph objects from an unusual viewpoint and then add a personal touch. They can do this because they have learned to observe carefully their surroundings. For them, beauty is everywhere. So, go ahead. Take you camera and start the discovery of lovely things surrounding you. Photograph people, dogs, horses, flowers, cars, etc.
30. Visit an ethnic neighborhood
You may have heard about a Chinatown, Little India or Brazilian neighborhood close to where you live. Why not pay a visit to one of these places? These are little pieces of a foreign country in your own city. Get informed with what cultural opportunities your closest ethnic neighborhood offers. Additionally, find out where to eat and shop. There are ways to plan a whole day of activities in these places. This is an opportunity to learn and experience a different culture if you are not able to personally visit certain country.