Take Microadventures This Summer!

Published by Annie Barrett: 
June 4, 2024

A microadventure according to Author Alastair Humphries: “is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding.”

Humphries writes, “As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanized, busy, and stuck in front of a screen, microadventures offer a realistic escape to wilderness, simplicity and the great outdoors, without the need to ski to the South Pole or go live in a cabin in Patagonia.”

Humphries’ book about microadventure has inspired people to camp out in their backyards or on hill tops, to stargaze, and to climb hills.

I love the idea of taking a microadventure to a nearby natural area like a county park, but I also think microadventures can also be urban adventures, like exploring your town by foot, or biking to the next town.

The point is: microadventures are small and achievable outings for people with real lives. 

Summer is a great season for microadventures with good weather and long days. Taking microadventures is a key strategy for making the most of summer even if you’re working full time.

A microadventure could be: 

  • A midweek adventure where you go somewhere after work and enjoy a full evening or even an overnight somewhere relatively close by.
  • A day trip to nearby natural or urban area that you’re curious about
  • A weekend getaway  to a natural area or a new town that is a reasonable distance away.

The sky's the limit for microadventures. Here are some ideas:

  1. Spend an evening stargazing at a nearby park or lake
  2. Spend an afternoon or day bird-watching in a park or natural trail
  3. Have a midweek campout in your backyard
  4. Sleep out in nature somewhere you haven’t been before
  5. Volunteer at a local farm 
  6. Plan an urban park picnic or cookout
  7. Spend the day at the beach
  8. Rent kayaks or canoes for the day
  9. Swim in nearby lake or river
  10. Explore a state park you’ve never been to before
  11. Bike somewhere new
  12. Explore your town by foot
  13. Spend the day visiting a new museum 
  14. Take the bus or train to the next town and explore it by foot

What microadventures will you plan?