I recently wrote a post about what I think it takes to become an adventurer. In it, I touched on the fact that I think opportunities are key to making your life different. Not just grabbing them, but making new ones available. I’ve put together this list of ideas that could provide adventure opportunities. Take a look, find something you like and then carry out on of my other recommendation. Be proactive!
Most of these websites are UK based although some of them are global. If you are looking from outside the UK, do a search locally for similar adventure opportunities.
Buy a ticket for Night of Adventure
Night of Adventure is an event taking place once a year. With lots of quick fire adventurer talks and all for a good cause. It always gets me inspired.
Work on an expedition with young people
You can work as an Expedition Leader or using other skills such as science, photography or counselling. There are lots of companies that offer this kind of work. Including: British Exploring, World Challenge and Outlook Expeditions. If you want to work as an Expedition Leader, you will probably need to look into getting Mountain Leader Summer Award. It is a great qualification to pursue anyway if you like the outdoors. Sometimes groups take Assistant Mountain Leaders who do not need to have this qualification.
Attend an adventure festival
There are lots of outdoor festivals to choose from with seminars and talks. The Travel and Adventure Show show takes place in cities all over the world. Alternatively, check out Yestival or Base Camp.
Enter an adventure film festival
You could just go to a film festival, but having a go at entering one will get you outdoors. Fancy equipment isn’t needed and there have even been winners who have just used their smartphones. You can easily pick up free filming and editing skills online.
Volunteer on an adult expedition abroad
Raleigh International are always on the look out for expedition adventure volunteers or you can lead a group of volunteers on a project. ICS is government run and offers free 3 month team leading opportunities abroad. 4 Deserts look for volunteers to assist on their overseas long distance challenges.
Volunteer with children
Find a charity charity providing adventure opportunities for children. As well as helping shape young minds, you will be able to join them on outdoor expeditions and activities. Have a look at Youth Adventure Trust, Scouts and Outward Bound Trust.
Join an expedition as a team mate
Explorers Connect have a ‘find global teammates’ section where adventure opportunities are regularly posted. RGS also have an expedition section and you can submit a short form putting yourself on a database to say you are looking to join an expedition. If you can’t find an expedition you like, initiate your own. Put an advert out to find team mates.
Join an adventure group
Budding female adventurers should join Women Adventurers – Love Her Wild. Other groups include Explorers connect and The Yes Tribe. Meet ups and adventure opportunities are regularly posted on all these groups.
Sign up to a MOOC
MOOCs are amazing! The are free short courses that anyone can sign up to and complete in their own time. Learn about wildlife, conservation or mountains to get you inspired to get outside.
Give a hand with conservation
There are lots of conservation opportunities that will also get you outside. Path maintenance in the mountains is just one example. TCV, the Wildlife Trust and the National Trust are just some organisations worth checking out.
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Apply for a grant or funding
There are lots of grants and scholarships available to help people out with their adventures. Even if you don’t think they will pick you, give it a go and send in an application form.
Check out my guide to adventure funding for more information on the grants available.
You could also consider getting sponsorship in-kind.