As soon as everyone heard that Hollywood were making Cheryl Strayed's Pacific Crest Trail journey into a movie we couldn't have been more excited. Not just because it takes place in an area of the world that we are all so passionate about, but also because we all love a good ole' fashioned adventure! Nothing depicts adventure more than heading off with everything you need on your back and heading into the great unknown. In Cheryl's case she was going through some pretty dark times and felt that taking herself on this epic journey would help her find the person she once was. Everyone has their own reasons for taking themselves on adventure, I'm sure you have yours.
Now I know not everyone has the opportunity to just up and leave everything behind and not everyone wants to leave their life behind for months on end, but that doesn't mean you can't go on your own style of adventure. Taking time out of your daily routine even if it's just for a couple of weeks, is enough to make you feel like 'you' again. I have chosen 5 great reasons why having your own 'epic' experience is the best thing you'll do!
1. Escape the world of modern technology
In this day and age we are never far away from a Wi-Fi connection, we can even get it on the Underground! So what's the point of having a break from work if we spend our entire holiday frantically trying to connect with the world we're trying to escape from for a few weeks? Heading out into the wilderness is the perfect opportunity to swap your mobile phone for a camera and stop staring at a screen and gaze upon beautiful scenery, what could be more satisfying?
2. You get to experience nature at its very best
Most of us live in a city and yes, there are some lovely parks, but you're never far from a crowded street or a busy road. Getting out into nature is one of the best ways to relax and refresh your weary soul, and is also a great way to appreciate just how incredible the world is. The best way to experience nature at its very best is to get out there and get amongst it. Walk the trails, wait patiently for that special wildlife sighting, trek miles to see ancient ruins, and get out onto the water and kayak past those beautiful glaciers. Our Epic Journeys aim to do just this and our tour leaders are extremely passionate about showing you their beautiful country, so you can rest assured that what you're getting is the very best of Mother Nature and everything she has to offer.
3. See how far you can challenge and push yourself
It doesn't take much to book a week long holiday in the sunshine; sitting by a pool, sipping on cocktails and working on that tan. By all means there is nothing wrong with that, sometimes that is just what you need. But, every now and again putting yourself in a completely different environment to what you're used to, whether that is joining a group tour and making friends with fellow travellers or hiking for 21 days on the John Muir Trail. Spending time pushing and challenging yourself whilst on your very own journey will make you realise what you can achieve in your day to day life.
4. Don't be afraid to go it alone
Sometimes you just need to escape, and waiting around for friends and family to find time in their busy schedule to accompany you, just won't do! There is also something rather liberating about booking that flight and setting off by yourself for an adventure of a lifetime. More often than not travelling without a companion leaves you open to making new friends and trying things you might not have done otherwise. Just because you choose to venture into the unknown by yourself doesn't mean you will be lonely. On our tours you are travelling with like-minded people, who are all there to experience something new and different to what their day to day life can give them.
5. Create lifelong memories
Whether your adventure is 6 days or 56 days you will no doubt create some life-long memories, take hundreds of photographs, speak to the locals and write a journal of all the things you get up to. Now we're not saying your adventure will make it to the big screen (you can always dream), but we're pretty sure your friends and family back home will love to hear your stories.
Cheryl Strayed embarked on her journey all alone with only the company of the wildlife she came across and a few fellow hikers, but it is her incredible sense of adventure that we admire. Travelling in a small group with other adventurers is a great way to experience all of the above and have an incredible time while you do it.