Benefits of Adventure and Why You Need an Adventure List

Over my lifetime, I haven't met a person that didn't want to improve something about his/her life. In particular, most of us want to enhance our lives, whether that includes being healthier, wiser, and/or living a true Life 2.0, an updated version of yourself. This time of year, many make New Year's Resolutions. I have. You have. Everyone has. However, a few years ago, I decided to change the way I set goals for myself in the coming year. I make an adventure list.


Past Adventure List - Hike the Kalalau Trail in Kauai 2015

Why an adventure list?

Let me start by sharing how I define adventure. An adventure is any new activity that is all-consuming that puts you in the zone. It perhaps is fearful. Something that you must overcome. By using the word adventure, it puts our minds in the right space. Adventure is challenging, exciting, and energizing. That's what change is all about, not just about resolving problems or things that are wrong. I threw out New Year's Resolutions many years ago to add more adventure to my life because there are proven benefits to adventure. I encourage you to throw out the resolutions and embrace an adventure list too. Let's me explain the benefits of adventure and the science of adventure via the video below.

The Three Benefits of Adventure - The Science of Adventure

What are my next adventures?

To spark a conversation, I will share with you my next adventures:

  1. Return to Cuba in January (**If you want to go to Cuba too, contact me and get a copy of Cubicle to Cuba)
  2. Lead an adventure in Spain on the Camino de Santiago in April 14-22nd (**Wanna come with?)
  3. Speak on The Science of Adventure in May in South Florida (**Contact me to speak at your event.)
  4. Transition my first screenplay to screen by end of year. (**Connect me with someone in Hollywood)

Please share with me in the comments below WHAT'S YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE?

As always, here's to looking up!

6 Responses

  1. Hi Heidi, I love your site and the video in this post :) I agree adventure should be challenging, exciting and energising and perhaps it should also change us in some way too? An adventure which gets the adrenalin going might not change us except that we remember only that it was fearful, I've had a few adventures like this! On the other hand I've had some adventures which have not seemed like adventures until afterwards, but which have really changed me in a good way - what do you think?
    • Heidi Siefkas
      Exactly. Adventures do leave us changed, whether the ones that were emotional or mentally challenging, but not that adrenaline filled to the extreme adventures. I can attest that adventure can be a form of meditation.
  2. Wow! I have never read an article that gets into the basics of adventure! My next one would probably be solo tripping for the first time to some real far off place!
    • Heidi Siefkas
      My fav solo trip was trekking in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. Perhaps you may want to try that?
  3. Wow! I love your adventures ligned up for 2018. Adventure must also be my favorite word and together with my 5 year old daughter, we adventure a LOT. Our first adventure for 2018 was to learn a new language, isiXhosa, which is one of the 11 national languages here in South Africa. It was fantastic to see how my daughter learned SO quickly (and me quite slowly..) Adventure is a way of life. One of my favorite ways of 'adventuring' in South Africa is go on a road trip and explore off the beaten track. South Africa is quite amazing for that. Looking forward to follow your adventures!
    • Heidi Siefkas
      Love that you mention learning a language. It certainly puts you in the zone, when everything is Greek to you and me. I look forward to hearing about your South African adventures.

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