Normally I’m an avid listener to The Rough Guides podcast: The Rough Guide to Everywhere. Work has been manic since being back and as a result I took my eye off of the proverbial podcast ball. Since it’s a long weekend this weekend I decided to catch up on that and get the house ready to sell. So after listening to a few No Such Thing As A Fish episodes I listened to the most recent RGtE podcast.
The topic of the particular episode was Microadventures, which isn’t something I’ve heard much about. Since this morning, in an effort to put off tackling the garden, I’ve become intrigued by it.
The term Microadventure was coined by Alastair Humphreys who is better known for cycling around the world over the course of four years. After returning from this epic adventure he settled back down to his normal life and then….got bored. So he decided to walk a lap of the M25. I can hear you all saying “WHAT?!” and so did I. When you really think about it it is an adventure, you meet people, you have experiences no one else will and in amongst it you will see things not many people get to see.
Now my main issue with “adventures” is that the traditional idea of an adventure normally involves a far away land, a prolonged amount of time and no job. As stressful as my job can be, I love it. I wouldn’t want to give up any job that I enjoy least of all one where I get on with the directors and I get to work from home. So the idea of get up, give up everything, and get out there scares the crap out of me. Even in a time that the majority of the pillars I built my life on have crumbled, that seemed a step too far. So a 5 to 9 Microadventure has a massive appeal to me.
Once I’m out of Wales and the house is sold, I’m going to invest in a decent sleeping bag, bivvy bag and a basha.
Watch this space!