There’s something to be said for staying well-grounded, but every now and then we all get the desire to do something a little more adventurous and “out there.” Specifically, we feel the need to pick our feet up off the ground and try something new.
The Benefits of Being Adventurous
When someone is described as “adventurous,” there are often negative connotations and stigmas attached. People tend to assume that adventurous people are disorganized, hyper, and compulsive. And while this can be true, there’s also plenty of evidence that shows adventurous people are physically and emotionally healthier than their peers.
Specifically, research has shown that a combination of specific traits makes a person more likely to be happy, successful, and satisfied with life. “These include novelty-seeking, persistence and self-transcendence,” says Jen Mueller of SparkPeople. “People who are persistent tend to have a ‘never give up’ attitude. Even if things don’t turn out the way they planned, there’s always next time.”
Lindsay Holmes, Deputy Health Living Editor for The Huffington Post, has studied an enormous amount of research on this topic and is also quick to point out the benefits of embracing adventure.
“Research shows that people who partake in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive feelings than people who have fewer experiences, Time reported. Additionally, even the littlest experiences can have an impact on our joy — moments like a spontaneous laugh with a loved one or an encounter with a friendly dog,” Holmes writes.
See, the great thing about being adventurous is that the benefits vary by individual. One person may find a new perspective on life after trying something new, while another individual may enhance their physical stamina and feel the urge to live a healthier lifestyle. The benefits are numerous and you’d be wise to discover how a little adventure could impact the trajectory of your life.
Five Opportunities to Get Off the Ground
There’s something to be said for having your feet firmly planted on the ground. But the problem is, we feel safe and comfortable with our feet on the ground. If you really want to stretch yourself and try something new, then you need to take that safety net out from under your feet and get off the ground.
Here are a few opportunities that will allow you to do just that:
- Helicopter Tours
The majority of people have been on an airplane before, but very few people ever get the opportunity to ride in a helicopter. That’s why you should jump at the opportunity, should it ever arise.
In many cities and destinations around the world – including the Grand Canyon – you can take helicopter tours. These high-flying adventures give you a completely different perspective and allow you to see the world in a different way. And since helicopters are smaller and navigate at steeper angles, your stomach will enjoy the occasional roller coaster-worthy drop.
If you’re looking to experience the world’s coastlines like a bird, then parasailing may be the activity for you.
As Expedia says, “Even the most mild-mannered landlubber can soar to the heavens effortlessly and float hundreds of feet above the water, enjoying the kind of views and serenity that was once the domain of seagulls and eagles.” That’s a more eloquent way of saying parasailing is a ton of fun.
The great thing about parasailing is that it’s totally safe and always scenic. Most rides last 15 or 20 minutes and you’re safely brought back down to the ground. There are thousands of parasailing outfitters all around the world, with some of the best experiences happening in exotic locations.
- Ropes Courses
Have you ever tried a high ropes course? Perfect for the entire family, high ropes courses provide safe, yet exciting opportunities to get your heart pumping.
With rock climbing walls, balance beams, swings, tight ropes, nets and more, ropes courses feature a variety of challenging elements that will test your heart and determination. Survive a difficult course and you’ll leave feeling much more confident in yourself. There are thousands of courses around the world and you should be able to find one or two in your own backyard.
- Outdoor Rock Climbing
Most people have tried indoor rock climbing before. And while there’s nothing wrong with rock climbing at your child’s ninth birthday party, you can’t let your experiences with commercial indoor climbing prevent you from trying a little outdoor climbing. They are two totally different sports – with the latter being exponentially more invigorating and rewarding.
With outdoor rock climbing, you get to see incredible sites, navigate challenging courses and occasionally encounter risky decisions that require you to think fast. As a result, this sport provides just enough adrenaline (with a rope to catch you, should you fall).
- Horseback Riding
If heights aren’t your thing, but you still want to get your feet off the ground and enjoy an adventurous and exciting activity, then horseback riding could be just what the doctor ordered.
If you’ve never been horseback riding on an actual trail before, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Horses are regal and powerful creatures that possess physical stamina unlike many other animals. But when you put a bridle on the horse and use a variety of commands with your mouth, feet, and hands, it’s possible to control even the slightest movements. This sense of power and control can totally change your outlook on life.
Where Will You Go?
Where will your adventurous spirit take you? Sometimes, the most fun and heart-pounding activities take place off the ground with your feet in the air. From helicopter rides to rock climbing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Gather a group of friends, plan an excursion, and push yourself to the limits. We bet you’ll learn something about yourself that you never knew before.