Post # 1
My dictionary defines adventure as “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity”, “engage[ing] in hazardous and exciting activity, esp. the exploration of unknown territory.”
Adventure is an overused word, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. I’ve realized that the key element to something being an adventure is it has to have an element of danger (which could be very slight!), and be something unknown… just like the dictionary says. 😉
So, how do you guys define adventure? What do you do for adventure? Personally, I’m not a daredevil–no skydiving for me! But I love to see new places, meet new people, try new foods, and just explore things I’ve never seen/done before, even if they’re close to home. Hopefully in a few years I’ll have more money to travel more, and will have even more grand adventures!
Post # 3
Everytime Darling Husband and I go out and there’s a possibility we might get lost, I call it an adventure lol. I picked it up from my dad. We used to go on road trips and I think it was a way for my dad to keep calm and/or to keep me from getting impatient – “We’re not lost, we’re on an adventure!”
Post # 4
@harleyq: Me too! Ha.
My definition of adventure is figuring out public transit in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language. I’m always convinced I’m going to get lost (and I have, a few times!), but I always have such a sense of accomplishment when I manage to get where I’m trying to go! This involves taking trains (metros and long-distance) and buses in Europe, and buses in Ecuador. Taking the night bus in Ecuador, alone, from the coast to Quito was one of the most terrifying things I have ever experienced, lol. At least I *sort of* spoke the language.
I love going camping, hiking, traveling. We don’t have the money to travel these days, but if I did, I would LOVE to go to new countries. So far I’ve spent 6 months in Ireland (doing an independent study abroad, so not through an established program), one month in Ecuador, and varying amounts of time traveling around Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Norway, Austria, Switzeralnd, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Tunisia. And possibly others I’m forgetting.
Post # 5
Travel is obviously a big opportunity for adventure, but for keeping the spark of adventure when I’m close to home, I like to challenge myself to learn new skills and try new things. Examples – taking group dance classes and being willing to look like a goober in public, meeting up with native speakers of a language I’m learning to practice speaking, or joining a fitness class that intimidates me and trying to rise to the challenge. There is an element of…not “danger” but discomfort whenever you put yourself out there in an unfamiliar environment or expose yourself to the judgment of others but that’s the only way to grow, change and have new experiences! I’m not an adrenaline junkie (skydiving has no appeal to me) but I have a kind of self-improvement bent (I feel like if I’m not learning or trying something new, I’m stagnating) that provides a sense of adventure to my life.
Post # 6
I don’t have nearly enough adventures lately. Truely my Fiance and I haven’t had a lot of time together to have adventures and most of my close friends are in other cities.
But you have inspired me to have some now!
Post # 7
My last adventure was mountain climbing. I think it actually fits your dictionary definition. 🙂
Post # 8
@harleyq: Aw, that’s sweet. When I got divorced 5 years ago and was so unprepared for all the things coming my way, my mom said not to be scared, but to think of it as an adventure. And I did! Parts were scary, but I embraced the unknown and for the most part, venturing into the unknown was fun.
@mightywombat: Oh lord, you are brave! 😀 That definitely qualifies for adventure!! And how cool to study abroad in Ireland, jealous!
@Eglantine: You really hit the nail on the head. Adventure doesn’t just have an element of danger, it can involve stepping out of your comfort zone. So agree with everything you said!
@Firinne: Sweet! I’m kind of in the same boat as you. Here’s to doing more! Fill us in on what cool stuff you do. 🙂
@Elvis: That sounds amazing. I hope one day I get to do that!
Post # 9
My SO and I go out in the woods, hiking(yuck), camping, walking across logs, jumping over creeks, geocaching, etc. I call those my adventures.
I once inner tubed out a creek that ran through my whole town. People waved at us and took pictures. That was super fun.
I’m not sure I get much more adventurous than that.