One of our goals at Quiet Adventures is to make life better by offering extraordinary, life-changing, and meaningful experiences for women. As a Companion, I have a feeling you’re also organizing adventures of a similar nature for your friends.
Today I want to share with you three quick tips for planning adventures that you and your friends will be talking about for years to come. Let’s get started!
3 Tips to Organizing Unforgettable Adventures with Your Friends
1.) Shake it up!
When we do the same things with the same people in the same places, day in and day out, our perspectives get skewed, our energy becomes stagnant, our individuality is stifled, and our minds grow dull. If it’s going to the same coffee shop, taking the same yoga class, or visiting the same farmer’s market, there’s not much room for new or unforgettable things to happen with our friends. Why? Because they’ve probably already happened.
To take your adventures to the next level, leave the familiar behind. Try a new restaurant every month. Do a walking tour in a neighborhood you’re unfamiliar with. Take a short drive to a town nearby and see what local experiences it has to offer.
Everyone has a mental list of things they intend to do but never really get around to doing: exploring a new trail, visiting an art exhibition, trying a new fitness class. Gather your friends, combine your lists, and actually start doing those things. And if you need more inspiration for ideas, simply ask your friends and contacts on social media for recommendations on places to go, things to do, and adventures to be had.
Take a break from visiting your go-to spots and shake up the group dynamic in a new and exciting way! Your favorite coffee spot will still be there whenever you crave the familiar. :)
2.) Learn a new skill together.
A common obstacle to planning adventures with friends, especially those involving outdoor activities, is vastly different skill levels amongst the group. One way to overcome this is to plan an adventure where the goal is to learn a skill together. Whether you’re into camping, backpacking, or rock climbing, taking a trip where you learn new skills is a great way to grow together, as well as set yourselves up for self-guided adventures in the future.
Check your local sports and wilderness store to see what classes are available. Find out which national parks or wildlife conservancies near you offer programs. And be sure to think outside the box: CPR training and a basics-only cooking class are both skills that can be used on the trail!
3.) Release your tendency to overplan.
Often, women create perfect plans for adventures with friends out of fear of not wanting anything to go “wrong.” We plan, and then overplan, to ensure that every little detail is taken care of because we wouldn’t want anyone to have a bad time on account of our poor planning. But when every second is accounted for, freedom is lost and the magic of spontaneity is thrown out the door.
If you want more memorable adventures with your friends, you have to leave room for the unknown to occur, because this is the space in which we discover something new about ourselves and each other. When you give your adventures the space to meet you and your friends where you’re at in the moment instead of sticking to a rigid plan, you’ll experience a lot more fun, joy, and laughter—ingredients for lasting memories!
I hope you find these tips helpful and I wish you many great adventures. :)
With love and gratitude,
Founder, Quiet Adventures
P.S. Speaking of planning co-adventures, did you know you and a friend each get $100 off when you sign up together for a Quiet Adventures retreat? Just use the code QAFRIEND when you sign-up!