I was reading an issue of Travel & Leisure over the weekend and something the Editor-in-Chief Nathan Lump said about adventure stuck with me:
“Adventure isn’t about climbing Mount Everest—or it doesn’t have to be. It’s about doing something that feels different and embracing the calibration between discomfort and excitement that comes from that.”
I’ve always found it so hard to put into words what adventure means to me and Nathan did it beautifully. Adventure is why I decided to study for a year in a country on which I had never set foot. It’s why I went to a school where I knew no one. It’s why I moved to a city I knew very little about when I graduated. And it’s why I plan on exploring as much of the world as possible.
Adventures don’t have to take you to new countries, states or continents. They put you outside of your comfort zone, open your eyes to new experiences and expose you to something different.
My adventures might not always be grand travels in exotic locations but they will certainly teach me to embrace that calibration between discomfort and excitement that I’ve come to know and love.
So, whether you’re travelling to a different continent, country, state, city or even neighbourhood, get out there. Adventure is exciting. It is incredible. It can be found in the extraordinary. It can also be found in the ordinary.