How do you make the break from the norm, grab life by the horns and ride it into oblivion? Don't take our advice, we have found someone far more qualified. Rebecca Coles (@allbutessential) fell into our lives thanks to a Twitter and we've ogled at her feed ever since!
An adventure and expedition specialist (read addict) who has climbed on all 7 continents and 70 countries to be exact. Rebecca is passionate about exploration and driven by becoming the first person to stand on the summit of some of the remotest peaks in the world. Below are Rebecca's 4 TOP TIPS TO GET STARTED ON YOUR ADVENTURE! If you do one thing today, read on.
Appreciate the journey, you may learn more than you realise.
People get into adventure in different ways. Some people just throw in the day job and head out on a year long trip of the life time. However, most people don’t. Instead they build skills over time, squeezing weekend adventures in between the working week and around family commitments. Some adventures require specific skills. To become proficient in skills and build experience, takes time. For some this apprenticeship can be frustrating, even put them off starting but it should be seen as part of the adventure and the chance to have adventures close to home.
This is the hardest bit of any adventure. I don’t mean taking the first physical step of the journey. Any adventure starts well before that, sometimes years, from the first idea to making off the start line. The hardest part is beginning to plan and gain experience, making that move from it being a wishful dream to committing to put an adventure into action. Making an action plan with a timeline for individual tasks is useful for gaining momentum. Then, before you know it, you’ll be setting out on that epic adventure.
Plan in flexibility to any adventure.
If everything went to plan, and you knew exactly what would happen when, then it wouldn’t be an adventure! If you plan for the unexpected, book that slightly later train, add a contingency day in, then you’ll have a lot greater chance of success.
Tell people about your plan.
This does one of two things. Firstly, psychologically it starts to make your plan reality. Secondly, it is an important information gathering process. The problem is that it’s all too easy to feel that your idea is ridiculous and worry that people will laugh at you but, by not talking to people, you miss out on an important element of information gathering when planning an adventure. Don’t be disheartened if you get negative comments, they’ll always be people that think about the impossibilities rather than the possibilities. Instead, listen carefully to the advice from people who have experience of similar adventures, but don’t exclusively talk to people that you think have particular skills or experience. It is surprising what people have achieved and it is often unexpected who is able to give you that invaluable contact, nugget of information or who believes in the adventure and gives you those all-important, confidence boosting words, 'you can do that, go for it’, which make all the difference.