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8 Ways to be a Weekend Adventurer (When You Can’t Afford a Plane Ticket)

  • July 30, 2018
  • By Cynthia
8 Ways to be a Weekend Adventurer (When You Can’t Afford a Plane Ticket)

I fancy myself an adventurer, to be sure, so nothing quite takes the wind out of my sails like feeling as though I can’t afford a trip abroad. I live for travel. I loooong for travel. I love every piece of it, from the planning to the unpacking.

But being an adventurer, I’ve been learning, doesn’t have to always be synonymous with travelling abroad. In fact, there’s a ton of adventuring to be done in your very own backyard.

Here’s a few of my fave ways to be a weekend adventurer – at least when I can’t afford a plane ticket 😉

The Calgary Tower

1. Sight-see your own city

We often overlook what’s going on right under our noses in pursuit of the more exciting “out there” but it’s worth a second glance. I guarantee there’s some fun, even touristy things to do right in your own city. Heck! It’s entirely possible there are attractions other people actually come there to see. So get out and discover them all!

Somewhere in Southern Alberta. Read the post.

2. Take a mini road trip

Find a friend, fill up the gas tank, and pick a direction. Promise to follow any interesting sign to nearby towns or attractions and just go! Don’t plan. You can be home by dinner!

You might be surprised how much there is to find just beyond your normal routes and routines. Agree to pull over at every pretty photo spot, every hilarious sounding museum, every inkling either of you gets. Don’t be afraid of getting a little lost – you may find something magical along the way.

Nordegg, Alberta. Photo by Andy Nichols.

3. Hop a bus

Hop a bus or grab a ride-share (check FB groups) to a nearby city or town you’ve never visited. Don’t over plan it, just pack an overnight bag and figure it out when you get there. Try couchsurfing, find the cheapest motel imaginable (hey, bug bites heal and they make for a funny story, right? 😉 ), or pack a tent along. Most of life’s fun is found in the unknown!

Is my pug’s birthday exactly the same as a theme party? No. But was I definitely going to find some excuse to get this photo up on the blog? YOU KNOW IT. Photo by Andy Nichols.

4. Have a theme party

Pick a continent or country you’d love to visit and have food and decorations in style with that place. Take all of the senses into consideration to really transport you and your friends – sights, smells, food, drink, colours and even lighting can all transform your apartment into a faraway place. Your choice whether it’s somewhere you’ve been and you’re showcasing it to all your friends, or if it’s somewhere you’re longing to go but can’t make it to just yet.

Camping near Bragg Creek. Photo by Andy Nichols.

5. Go camping

Going camping is like an automatic reset. Maybe it’s not quite as exciting as exploring a new land, but it feels good to get immersed in nature for a while. Eat all of the camping foods – heck, it’s almost like you’re eating the food of another culture, amiright? When else in regular life do you spend so much time cooking, eat heaps of hot dogs (like way more than seems normal in any capacity), s’mores, corn on the cob, ALL of the potato chips, and way WAY too much beer? Ya, get camping. It’s the BEST.

Try bringing a book that immerses you in some faraway land for an extra dose of wanderlust. And don’t forget to stargaze, tell campfire stories, and put the cellphone away (even for taking pictures) at least some of the time. Consider renting a vintage trailer to really mix it up!

Lake Minnewanka. Photo by Cole.

6. Try something new

Anything! Cross country skiing, Ethiopian food, bungee jumping, salsa dancing, poetry reading…anything new is an automatic adventure with the right attitude. If you’ve got a bit of cash to spare, find a cool music festival, go to a fancy new restaurant (dress up and be your alter-ego for the night!), go to the races, or head to the worst best bar in town. Just switch it up.

7. Set a new goal

Consider a colour run or a mud race or an urban race – anything that challenges you physically and mentally. If you’re feeling really bold, train for a competition. You’re guaranteed to come out of it feeling like a super badass, ready to take on the next adventure that comes your way!

Jewell Pass. Photo by Andy Nichols.

8. Climb a mountain

Nothing gives you a rush of accomplishment and adventure than scaling a new mountain, I swear. No mountains nearby? Go for a paddle-board, a kayak, rent a canoe, snowshoe, cross-country ski, walk every path in a park in the city, go for a bike ride somewhere you don’t usually go. Just get outside and get active. You’ll definitely find an adventure – and solo adventure can be some of the most rewarding. Bonus points if you take kick-ass photos in full Wonder Woman pose (or Superman, for the dudes) pose.

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By Cynthia, July 30, 2018
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  • Andy
    July 31, 2018

    These are fantastic ideas and so true that what we often consider commonplace where we are can be exciting with the right attitude. Great job babe!

    • Cynthia
      August 1, 2018

      Aw thanks sweets! Excited to do some of these fun things with you!

  • Galen Murray
    August 27, 2018

    Theme party! Great idea! Definitely going to bookmark this one for down the road…

    • Cynthia
      August 28, 2018

      Aw thanks! It’s good to have a reminder sometimes (I basically wrote this post for myself lol) <3

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Hey there, I'm Cynthia
Adventure seeking, travel obsessed, style loving, feminist, pug mother. Lover of language and the tales we weave. Badass in my own mind. Over-user of puns. Will sing for coffee.
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