This is the second 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.
Read the second part of the series here .
11. Help somebody
If you want to throw your woes away, stop thinking only about yourself and start helping somebody. Usually, when we think about helping somebody, we think about money. The truth is that you can offer more than money. What about helping a coworker to finish some vital tasks or babysitting your friends’ kids while she goes on a date with her spouse? There are tons of ways to help others and I am almost sure that we all know somebody who can use some help. My experience is that we sometimes think about doing something but end up doing nothing because of different reasons (probably, it is not our priority). But helping out will benefit mostly you.
12. Surprise your loved ones
What about doing something special for your loved ones? I am not talking about a completely difficult thing. I remember a time when I saw one of my coworkers really happy. I asked her what was going on. She told me that her husband left her a note telling her how much he loved her. Imagine. Her husband decided to do something different that day and it had extremely good repercussions. I believe we can all break the routine by doing something different for the ones close to us.
13. Learn to cook something new
Do you want to have fun? Try cooking or baking a new recipe. There are a lot of ways to find exciting recipes (for example, the Internet). Look for something you want to try, something you thing you can prepare at home or just something completely different. Go to the store and buy what you need. Then, go home and prepare your delicious meal. You can even invite you family or friends to join the fun. I sometimes cook with my husband and friends. I always learn something and laugh a lot.
14. Have a road trip
Road trips do not have to be 1000 miles in length. You can easily create a two or three day itinerary. One time my husband and I drove around Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park for 3 days. It was a great experience and tons of fun. Additionally, it is a good way to save money because you can combine it with camping and cooking your own meals (not that you have to do this).
If you need more ideas, magazines like Budget Travel offer tons of ideas for 3 or 4 days. Check their website and find a trip close to where you live.
15. Play tourist for a day
A good way to be a tourist in your own city or close surroundings is by buying a guidebook featuring your city. Go to the suggested places or follow the daily itineraries. A lot of people are not familiar with what their cities or towns have to offer. Another curiosity is that most haven’t visited the interesting sights surrounding them. If you want to do something different, start by knowing your city and surroundings. Use a guidebook or gather information from the Internet. You can check when local institutions offer free entrance. I have guides for both Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. I have discovered a lot of new places by reading this type of information.
I wrote about how people don’t know their cities and their surroundings in this post.
16. Explore the night sky
This is something I have always wanted to do. You can just observe the sky and try to find the constellations. Or you can find somebody who knows about this topic and ask him if he can help you to see some interesting celestial bodies (some special equipment may be required). When I went to Hawaii, there was one guy in Waikiki pointing his telescope to Saturn’s rings. I passed by but didn’t jump at the opportunity. I am eager to take a look at space.
17. Decorate your office
I don’t understand why some people have an empty office or cube. If I am going to be 8 hours in a place, I want it to be full of color and pictures of things I like. Well, you can imagine how I have my office walls decorated. With postcards of the places I have visited, of course. But I also have pictures of my family, flowers, cute animals and inspiring quotes. Try to convert you office into a comfortable place. You will feel better in there. Plus, all your decorations are good conversations starters.
18. Get in a trampoline or jumper
Don’t give me that weird look. This is actually something normal. One of my friends hired an adult jumper for her 30th birthday. We jumped like crazy there. And I not talking about only people in their 20’s and 30’s, her mom and aunts were also happily jumping. Thus, take a leap and be a kid again.
Ok, I have to confess this is not something I practice that often. Even though I do not exercise regularly, this fact does not make it less important. We all know about the benefits of exercise. I think the key is to practice something we enjoy. There are so many ways to exercise that there is no excuse for not doing something (ouch, I know, I know). Try to find a type of exercise that really motivates you (or find an exercise partner). If you already exercise, try a different routine, movement or instrument.
20. Take a different route
Why is that we always take the same route to work? To the supermarket? To ours friends house? Try a different route and pay attention to the details. You may discover a lot of different places.