The Best Adventurers, Explorers and Communities Who Inspire Adventurous Living
Do you ever dream of a life beyond nine to five but aren't sure what to do or where to start? You might be thinking of taking a year off work to figure it out or try something new. A nomadic lifestyle perhaps, or travelling independently?
Searching for Inspiration
I was in my late twenties. My friends were beginning to move away and start families. No one I knew had the slightest desire to travel or go on adventures, so I had no one to turn to for inspiration or support. The prospect of doing anything alone was daunting. I felt restricted by all the things society told me I should be focusing on - settling down and achieving 'career' goals.
What I needed was a community or a space where I could explore ideas and connect with inspiring, motivated, like-minded people. But those communities were all relatively new at the time, or inaccessible to those with little money.
But they're out there now!
What these communities have shown me is that there are no barriers when it comes to living an adventurous lifestyle. Being a part of them has opened so many doors. Whether you're looking for a way to make better connections, organise an adventure with friends or family, or in need of ideas for your next big trip, then you're in the right place! Here is a list of my favourite communities and adventure people that create events and spaces that will inspire you to follow your passions and get outside. So are you ready to go on an adventure?
Great! Let me introduce you to...
1. The Yes Tribe
In 2018 I was diagnosed with Chronic Migraine. While looking for ways to motivate myself and manage my illness, I joined The Yes Tribe on Facebook. I found people like me; people who had come from a difficult place, who wanted to redesign their lives for the better and 'Say Yes More'.
The Tribe are dotted all over the world with an HQ in London and the West Sussex countryside. Join the Yes Tribe group on Facebook, where you can search for events and details of regional and global tribes near you.
This is no ordinary online community. The group creates countless opportunities to meet in the outdoors and make real connections (for free, I hasten to add). Not only did I meet like-minded people, but I made new friends.
I never thought of adventure as being so accessible.
I attended the group's storytelling events, where people shared their life-changing experiences. Travelling families, solo female travellers, people with disabilities, expedition leaders, couples – ordinary people from all walks of life, leading extraordinary lives.
Regular Yes Stories events take place upstairs at a central London pub and are filmed so you can watch them live on Facebook. Yes Stories has grown in popularity, and Tribe Members have hosted numerous events throughout the UK.
Tribe Days at The Yes Bus
The Yes Bus is a countryside base camp in West Sussex where people come to heal their 'sizzled' minds, learn new skills and hatch fresh ideas. Tribe Days are free (donations welcome) and camping the night before on-site, encouraged.
Other events that take place at The Bus include workshops, skill sessions and co-working days, retreats, outdoorsy weekends and summer camps. The Bus is also available to hire for any groups who share the Tribe's ethos of using community, adventure and optimism to lead positive change.
There's a fire pit and cooking facilities, a library and beanbags on The Bus. What more could you possibly want!
Yestival is a weekend of talks, workshops, inspirational lectures, discussions and campfires at night. It’s a celebration of ideas with an emphasis on discovery and inspiration, designed to set you on a new path and recharge and ignite seeds of positivity.
Wake Up Wild
A great initiative launched in 2019 to celebrate The Yes Tribe’s 4th birthday, encouraging 2019 people to spend a night under the stars. With wild camps hosted all over the country, the aim was to get people outdoors and raise £6000 for Tree Aid.
This is so cool! Say Yes More founder Dave Cornthwaite has made a habit of travelling long distances without motors and has quite the collection of exciting rides. He invites anyone who has a great journey coming up or cause, to choose one of his vehicles and have an adventure of their own. Click here for more info.
Most events and gatherings are free or donation only. The whole tribe ethos is about making adventures and the sharing of ideas accessible to everyone. It's such a down to earth and lovely community.
2. Bex Band & Love Her Wild - Women's Adventure Community
Blogger, speaker, conservationist and adventurer, Bex Band has been recognised as one of the UK’s ‘top 30 inspirational entrepreneurs’ and has been awarded Legacy Maker on the San Miguel alternative rich list. She was also awarded the Next Generation Award and shortlisted for a National Diversity Award. Noticing a real lack of women in the outdoors, she launched Love Her Wild – a women’s adventure community, now with over 10,000 members.
Love Her Wild connects women locally (in the UK) and organises expeditions all over the world.
If I ever need advice or inspiration about travel planning, conservation and sustainability, or anything adventure related, Bex is my go-to person. I do reference Bex a lot in my blogs. I find her such an inspiration, particularly with her conservation work.
The Love Her Wild community is an excellent source of inspiration for female adventurers. Here are some examples of Love Her Wild expeditions you can get involved in:
Wild Lakes of Snowdonia
Plastic Island Sailing Expedition in Scotland
Hebridean Backpacking Adventure
Whale Shark Expedition in Mafia Island, including data collection to support research, beach cleans, workshops and yoga.
Desert Elephants of Namibia
Love Her Wild Weekend North
Love Her Wild Weekend South
3. Explorers Connect
A Bristol-based not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping people live more adventurously. They offer micro-expeditions, treks, courses, talks, and an industry jobs board. I found most of their activities came at a cost but they're a great option if you have some spare cash and want to take adventuring to the next level. You can book onto adventure courses or test your survival skills on tailor-made expeditions.
Here is a list of my favourite adventurers. Completely relatable, approachable, lovely and inspirational people.
1. Dave Cornthwaite
YES MAN, Dave Cornthwaite is the founder of The Yes Tribe and an all-round ultimate adventurer, writer, motivational speaker and community leader. Dave aims to raise over £1 Million for good causes through a series of epic expeditions, collectively known as #Expedition1000.
Dave’s mission is to undertake 25 journeys using different forms of non-motorised transport. Each adventure is a minimum of 1000 miles long, meaning when completed, Dave will have travelled further than the circumference of the earth around the Equator.
During the 2020 COVID lock-down, Dave started telling stories about each of these 1000 mile adventures from his lock-down base at The Yes Bus. Each video is available to view on Dave's Facebook page, under 'videos'. Makes for very entertaining and inspirational viewing!
2. Bex Band
Her adventures include hiking 1000 km the length of Israel, kayaking the width of the UK against plastic pollution and kick-scooting the length of the USA. Legend!
Learn all about her expeditions here: https://www.theordinaryadventurer.com/
3. Alastair Humphreys
Alastair Humphreys is an English adventurer, author and motivational speaker.
Over four years, Alastair cycled 46,000 miles around the world and was declared National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. He is responsible for the rise of the idea of The Microadventure – short, local, accessible adventures. My husband recently signed up to his newsletter and has become so engaged with the content. Alastair has a way of drip-feeding little nuggets of wisdom and ideas that will get you outside and living adventurously in no time.
4. Anna McNuff
Anna McNuff is just a ray of bloody sunshine!
A self-proclaimed 'mischief-maker', adventurer, motivational speaker, influencer and best-selling author all rolled into one. Named by Condé Nast Traveller as one of the 50 most influential travellers of our time, and by The Guardian as one of the top modern female adventurers, Anna is also UK Ambassador for Girl Guiding, and the co-founder of Adventure Queens; another fast-growing women’s adventure community.
In her latest challenge, Anna ran 2,352 miles (the distance of 90 marathons) through Britain – completely barefoot.
5. Tim Moss
Adventure, mountaineering and cycling enthusiast Tim Moss is someone I came across quite recently when searching for mini-adventure inspiration.
I like big adventures, but I'm not someone who wants to do them full time as they can be quite tiring. Even Indiana Jones went back to his teaching job. So it's reassuring to find adventurers who encourage accessible, everyday adventuring. One of Tim's stand-out challenges is his £100 Adventure, a week-long hitch-hiking adventure on a £100 budget. Tim offers free expedition resources via his website; The Next Challenge and an annual expedition grant. Check out his adventure portfolio here and get inspired!
6. Jen George
Jen is an expedition leader and Yes Tribe ambassador who, in 2019, took on 365 days of adventure challenges. Her adventures have inspired me to hop on a return coach to Paris for £16 and take on my own 'Adventure A Day' challenge!
Follow Jen's adventures on Instagram @jen_george_adventures.
The world is never short of adventures or amazing people that inspire.
Happy adventure making x