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Why You Need To Go On A Microadventure

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Your author on a microadventure

By Guest Blogger Sebastian Solberg

I was very fortunate to grow up in the beautiful countryside of New Zealand, surrounded by nature and water. Growing up I was very active exploring and was always the wilderness with friends and family! However I then moved to London at age 19 to pursue a career in the film industry. I’ve now been living in England for 5 years and it took me a year or two to really appreciate how important exploration and adventure is to the human spirit especially when living in the big city!

On a swing at sunset

On a swing at sunset

At the start of this year I first heard about microadventures from the creator Alastair Humphreys. The idea behind the concept is that you can go on an adventure this weekend or tonight. You don’t have to wait for your next yearly holiday. It doesn’t have to be expensive, well planned or far away. It’s about ‘just doing it’ and exploring new places and environments that are close to home. You do it in small chunks and do it often. It means anybody can do it as there’s no excuse that you don’t have time time or you you’re not experience enough.

It could be a local park, forest or beach. It can be a train, bus or car ride away – it doesn’t have to be far away or overseas. One of my favourite spots to go on a microadventures to is Richmond Park. Whenever I’m feeling unbalanced, frustrated and unfocused I go there be re-energised, inspired and motivated! It’s where I feel most at home when in London and I love exploring all it’s nooks and crannies and capturing it’s beauty so I can share it with others. When I first discovered it I couldn’t quite believe that it was situated in England, let alone London. It’s a slice of paradise and without it, I honestly don’t think I could live in London.

Camping is a perfect microadventure

Camping is a perfect microadventure

The author at play in nature

The author at play in nature

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Another of my favourite microadventure places to visit is Devon. For me this is the place in England that’s most like Auckland, which is where I grew up in New Zealand. It has beautiful beaches, friendly open people and stunning forests and rivers! I just love it and every time I go there I have the most amazing time!

I decided to put together a video of my latest microadventure to Devon to inspire anybody who, like me, craves adventure but doesn’t necessary always have the time to go abroad. So here it is my microadventure:

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I hope you enjoyed my microadventure vlog and it motivates you to go on your own! It would be great to hear about any microadventures that you’ve been on or have planned.

Also if you’ve got any microadventure tips – let me know in the comment section below or on twitter using the hastag #microadventuretips!


About the Author: Sebastian Solberg

Microadventure_Sebastian_Solberg_10Sebastian Solberg is a 24 year old multi-award winning filmmaker from New Zealand based in London who has directed commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films from Norway to Nepal. His latest short film Modern Man has screened in over 100 cities around the world and has won awards including ‘Best Comedy Short’. Sebastian recently returned from Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan where he was shooting part of feature documentary.
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Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

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Images and text by Mark Whitman

Climbing Kilimanjaro is definitely an adventure, but I’ve never personally looked at it that way.

Thousands flock to Tanzania every year with the sole purpose of attempting to reach what many colloquially call the Roof of Africa. Standing at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the tallest non-massif (free-standing) mountain in the world.

The mountain’s popularity among hikers can be attributed to its Seven Summit status and the fact that it’s a non-technical climb. This means that anyone at (nearly) any age can climb Kilimanjaro. Fitness and physical ability are also more flexible than on many other climbs. Canadian couple Esther and Martin Kafer reached the summit at the ripe old ages of 84 and 85, while armless and legless Kyle Maynard crawled to the top of Kilimanjaro unassisted in 2012.

Compared to these extraordinary feats, I’ve never felt that my young, able-bodied experiences on Kilimanjaro were very adventurous.

It then dawned on me, recently, that I had indeed been part of a Kilimanjaro experience similar to those described above.

My first experience on Kilimanjaro was with a childhood mate who had suffered from partial sightedness for most of his life. Continue Reading →

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Wet and Wild Adventure Safari on the White Nile

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By Anne-Marie Weeden

As the raft bucked underneath us, a cool spray from the churning white water all around us hit me straight in the face. I held on fast and instinctively slid deeper into the boat, trying not to lose my paddle in the process. This was one of the last rapids of the day and we were determined not to flip. Continue Reading →

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A Frozen Safari: Dog Sledding in Finland

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Our second cabin had running water and a ticket to a Northern Lights display.

By Guest Blogger Christina Garcia of Travel 4 Wildlife

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The morning sun warmed my face while the arctic wind cooled my lungs. We were advancing at a steady pace through remote trails and into the forest. There was no sound but the crunch of my dog team’s paws sinking in fresh snow as they pulled the sled. I was happy, feeling free from my ordinary life back home.

I’d always had a fixation on the idea of dog sledding in the Canadian wilderness, as well as a fixation on wolves. I dreamt of staying in little cabins and listening to the howl of wolves as night fell. But I was living in Europe and only had ten days of vacation time to work with. Searching for alternatives, I found the perfect trip much closer to home in Finland. Continue Reading →

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