Going AWOL Excerpt

Redefining Adventures 

It is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone. Adventure is about enthusiasm, ambition, open-mindedness and curiosity. – Alastair Humphreys

Adventure is all about attitude. It’s about trying something new or doing something differently than before. Leaving your comfort zone. Facing your fears. Choosing to walk an unknown path.

So let’s think beyond ‘big’ adventures – climbing mountains, sailing across oceans, walking the Te Araroa Trail or cruising to Antarctica, which might happen once in a lifetime (with a bit of luck and some good planning).

As well, we can rediscover mini adventures to go on more often – visiting nearby rivers, watching magical sunsets, climbing nearby hills, sleeping under the stars, or cycling to unfamiliar places.

With minimal planning, we can leave the safe and familiar and go on adventures nearer to home – having fun, pushing the boundaries, exploring less familiar paths, and experiencing different cultures and cuisines.

When we open ourselves up to new experiences and new ideas, we discover more about what we are capable of and add wonderful new memories to our adventure treasure chest.

Get inspired by adventurous women and real-life shared experiences in New Zealand's adventure playground in Going AWOL

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