What Will You Do In The New Year?

Most people make a New Year’s resolution whether it be to lose weight, study better, or finally go for that promotion they have been nervous asking for. My resolution is to be more like this guy:

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Graham Hughes is the man who has seemingly done it all now. He has travelled to every single country by foot, having to use water transport at times when necessary. He reached his final destination – home – earlier this week. The Odyssey Expedition started back in January of 2009, so needless to say this took up quite a chunk of his spare time.

Not many people have that much time to devote to outdoor activities, but here are a few ideas that dont take that much time at all.

  1. Go on a short backpacking trip. John and I (although he has done more) have backpacked several lengths of the Appalachian Trail together on weekends covering 40 miles at a time. This may not seem like much, but when you consider that you would probably just be sitting on the couch during that time otherwise it seems like a much better idea doesn’t it?
  2. Go on a family/friends campout. Just go! If you are unfamiliar with your area, or want some new places to explore, check out this awesome resource. From there you can find wildlife preserves, campgrounds and beautiful picnic spots.
  3. Check out your local state park. More often than not schools drag children there for nature walks, then by the time they grow up they are state parked out. Go back to it by yourself and walk the trails in silence. You’d be surprised at the transformation that can take place when there aren’t fifty screaming children running down the paths.

Need more ideas/inspiration? Follow an outdoor writer on their blog, read National Geographic, join a local explorers club. Whatever you do, make sure to live it to the fullest. Like this guy.

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