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8 mini-adventures to take you out of your comfort zone

8 mini-adventures to take you out of your comfort zone

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Going out of your comfort zone is not an easy task, but it is well worth it, because it is how you can diverge from your life’s routine.

The dishes need to be cleaned and the laundry has to be washed. However, that in no way means that you should be bored out of your mind for the most time.

If you don’t have the time, money, or guts for great adventures to unknown worlds, we’d like to dare you to start off with something small.

Go out of your comfort zone with one of the mini-adventures presented here. Most importantly, don’t forget that as you are walking out of your comfort zone, you are also expanding it.

1. Go out with someone new. It doesn’t matter if it’s a romantic date or just a new friend, it will put your ego in line. This experience can be as exciting as bungee jumping. You have nobody to travel with this weekend? Place a public ad on social media – you might receive some surprising replies (tested!).

2. Pitch a tent in your backyard. In some countries there is an entire modern movement, called gamping (garden + camping). The idea is that people who cannot go camping in the wilderness, for whatever reason, could pitch a tent in their own backyard. Changing up your surroundings, your bed, where you wake up, can inject an unexpected amount of adrenaline into your everyday life.

3. Dine alone, in a new place. Find an interesting eatery and enjoy a slow meal with a good dessert. You get some bonus points for sampling a new type of cuisine.

4. Discover new places in your neighborhood. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and set off in a direction you’ve never been before. Just walk around, without a plan, and see what happens. Take your camera and shoot a set of photos of the most unexpected findings.

5. Get dirty. Find your favorite way of getting dirty, muddy, and dusty. Sign up for mud wrestling, make a mud cake, or plant new flowers in your block of flat’s garden.

6. Choose a local landmark. It is easy to underestimate the museums in your own town, as well as the gardens and the other “tourist” attractions, because you know that you can always go there. Turn “always” into “right now” and choose a local landmark to visit.

7. Get wet. This summer it won’t be a challenge – simply don’t run inside as soon as it starts to rain. Enjoy every drop of water, as you did when you were a child. Jump with both feet into a puddle.

8. Pretend to be a photographer. Get your camera or phone and go to a favorite place with an idea in mind – flowers, architecture, interesting details, food, older people, dogs… Take as many photos as you want.