The Best Adventurers, Explorers and Communities Who Inspire Adventurous Living
Many people are starting to explore what a life beyond 'nine to five' might look like for them. Options could include taking a year off work to travel the world or try something new. Maybe taking a hobby to the next level or working on an idea or project, such as a van conversion or a move to the countryside.
In some cases, a fear of financial loss and a lack of inspiration leads them to believe that their ambitions are merely dreams; unattainable and not worthy of pursuing. They return to their desks.
When this happens, in my experience, the best people to look to for inspiration and support are Adventurers!
All adventurers started with just one clear objective; to live their story and make life memorable. Many of them have now created accessible spaces, communities and events that help others tap into their potential, follow their passions and live adventurously.
Below I've shared a list of my favourite communities and adventurers who have done just that.
The Yes Tribe
When I was in my late twenties, my friends were beginning to move away and have families. No one I knew had the slightest desire to travel or go on adventures. 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. I needed to find my 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.'
Through The Yes Tribe, I learned to tune into my values and redesign my life for the better. Not only did I meet like-minded people, but I made new friends.
I never considered adventure as being so accessible or life-changing.
Join the Yes Tribe on Facebook, where you can search for events and details of regional and global tribes near you. The Yes Tribe creates countless opportunities to meet in the outdoors and make real connections (for free, I hasten to add).
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.
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
Wake Up Wild is a great initiative launched in 2019 to celebrate The Yes Tribe's 4th birthday. With wild camps hosted all over the country, the aim was to encourage people outside to spend a night under the stars and raise £6000 for Tree Aid.
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 an exciting journey coming up, to choose one of his vehicles and have an adventure of their own. Click here for more info.
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.
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
Explorers Connect is a Bristol-based not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping people live more adventurously. They offer micro-expeditions, treks, courses, talks, and have an industry jobs board. 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.
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!
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/
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. I recently signed up to his newsletter the content is so engaging. Alastair has a way of drip-feeding little nuggets of wisdom and ideas that will get you outside and living adventurously in no time. Give him a follow on social media.
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.
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!
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.
Ola Walsh - ME!
Haha! Well, since all my travel plans were put on hold (thanks Corona), I've taken to adventuring in small everyday kind of ways. Give yours truly a little follow on Instagram or Facebook and get inspired! Even redundancy and being hospitalised couldn't stop me from adventuring!
Adventure highlights include:
Fundraising for Choose Love by hiking/cycling 100 miles and completing a marathon
Discovering my love of the rain - walking barefoot, cycling and jumping in it
Learning about nature's rhythms and commemorating each seasonal change
Throwing parties and celebrating ANYTHING! Even the bad stuff, because why not?
Having a 1980s nostalgia day, with coco pops, cartoons and basketball
Fire building, camping and stargazing
Wild swimming and skinny dipping
Being interviewed for the radio
The world is never short of adventures or amazing people that inspire.
Happy adventure making x