Whether it’s booking a flight to a far-off locale or just loading your mountain bike onto the rack, mustering the energy (and the cash) for an adventure feel, at times, taxing.
Don’t resign yourself to an afternoon of Netflix just yet. Here are a few ideas on how to reignite the spark for getting out there when you find yourself in a slump.
Bring your gear to work
When you work a nine-to-five job, it’s easy to succumb to a routine that doesn’t allow much time for adventure.
Elevate your chances of squeezing in a morning trail run or a lunch-break bike ride by packing a grab-and-go bag filled with the gear you need to make it happen. Don’t let yourself off easy with excuses: Pack essentials like a headlamp, water bottle, bag of snacks and extra socks.
Create a space to display your gear
If the old adage “out of sight, out of mind” is true, then the opposite must apply as well.
Whether it’s transforming the garage into a gear room or reorganizing a shelf in your apartment, display your gear in an easily accessible area. Seeing your helmet in a prominent place will act as a trigger, and since you can grab everything you need easily, you’ll be more inclined to follow through with an excursion.
Borrow a guidebook
If you’re just feeling burnt out by the same trails and climbs you’ve explored all year, it could be time to branch out.
A new setting can elicit an entirely new experience and renewed perspective, so fill up the gas tank and borrow maps or guidebooks from friends, then reserve a weekend to check out these new locations.
Browse Instagram or Snapchat
Even if you’re not active on social media, Instagram and Snapchat can be invaluable tools when it comes time to plan a new trip.
Follow new accounts (ahem, like @GrindTV) and search applicable hashtags (explore tags tailored to your region or favorite activity).
Interact with other users to weed out the best trails or little-known travel tips. A particularly good photo may even clue you into a trip you never knew you wanted to take.
Invest in a new piece of gear (or borrow one)
Dropping cash on a piece of gear offers two levels of motivation: Firstly, investing in gear means not using it actually puts you at a financial loss. Secondly, you’ll feel more qualified to try something new if you have the right equipment to do so.
New gear doesn’t mean buying new, either; try app marketplaces like OfferUp or VarageSale to buy and sell used gear locally. If you’re really short on cash, just borrow a boat, rod, harness or helmet from a friend. Just don’t forget to return the favor.