Let’s be honest: adventures are fun and exciting, but they can also be exhausting. There can be a lot of planning involved in launching the adventure. And then, if you really do it right and live it up, you can feel completely exhausted afterward (i.e., the dreaded vacation hangover—when you need a vacation from your vacation!).

But what if you could do smaller, more bite-sized adventures between the 9-to-5 daily grind?

Adventurer Alastair Humphreys proposes one solution: microadventures.

Think of microadventures as the expresso of all adventures: short, concentrated bursts that give you the same overall feeling, but through a smaller volume.

Humpreys, whose mega-adventure credentials include biking around the world and rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, spent an entire year focusing on microadventures in his home country of England, which are summarized in his blog and book.

“If you can have an adventure here, you can have an adventure anywhere.” ~ Alastair Humphreys

So what is a microadventure? By Humphreys’ measure, it’s any overnight trip (think: the 5-to-9 you have free after you leave the 9-to-5 job) where you sleep out under the stars. Sleeping on the actual ground, however, is optional.

So what do you think? Are you ready already thinking up some ideas for microadventures? (I am!)

I’d love to hear what you have in mind!