I have spent the past several years on adventures. There were the seven months it took me to hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail, the six months to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, and one month to raft the entire Grand Canyon.
I wouldn’t trade my experiences for the world, but even some of my oldest friends don’t understand how I justify repeatedly setting my “real life” on hold to get out there again and again.
You may think that you couldn’t possibly afford the time necessary for such a big adventure. Work schedules, bills, dependents: they can all hold you back. But I bet if you made it a priority, you could manage a week, a weekend, even a day to set out exploring. Once you experience the benefits of time outdoors firsthand, I guarantee you’ll be inspired to make arrangements to get out for longer.
Here are five reasons we should all put adventure at the top of our to-do lists: