March 1st is International Book Day. A day for kids to dress up as their favourite book character and celebrate the wondrous world of literature. But, after they’ve gone to bed, you can take some time to celebrate the written word yourself, see where it can take you and enjoy the excitement it can bring. There is no better way than a book to enter the world of dreams and aspirations and no better enjoyment than reading about real-life adventures when you’re all tucked up warm at home.
We’ve put together a list of 4 books that will get you out of the house, even if it’s just in your head.
MICROADVENTURES – LOCAL DISCOVERIES FOR GREAT ESCAPES – ALASTAIR HUMPHREYS.
Professional Adventurer Alastair Humphreys has ridden around the world, rowed across the Atlantic and generally had a wildlife. He’s also a big advocate of the ‘micro adventure’
“Microadventures are adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure has the spirit (and therefore the benefits) of a big adventure. It’s just all condensed into a weekend away, or even a midweek escape from the office. Even people living in big cities are not very far away from small pockets of wilderness”
He believes there is always time to get out, however stressed, broke, tired or unfit you are. Have a read of this great book which suggests loads of trips and adventures you can get up to and squeeze into any gaps in your schedule. You’ll be glad you did.
THE PANTS OF PERSPECTIVE: ONE WOMAN’S 3,000 KILOMETRE RUNNING ADVENTURE THROUGH THE WILDS OF NEW ZEALAND ANNA MCNUFF
Anna is a female adventurer who knows her way around an adventure. She set up ‘Adventure Queens’ to help women learn how to do all the things they needed to get out on independent adventures, like wild camping, lighting fires and sleeping under the stars. One of her most ambitious adventures involved running the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail. Although we might think that something utterly incredible, Anna protest that she’s just like most of us and isn’t a real runner…
“When I ran, I ran for pleasure. I didn’t run for times, to win, to impress: I ran for me. When I ran my bum cheeks rubbed together, so much so that if I was going on a long run I’d have to ‘lube up’. I maintained that I was not a ‘real’ runner – I just liked to run so that I could eat cake.”
Check out The Pants of Perspective to give you, well, a little bit of perspective on the challenges you set yourself.
WHAT GOES AROUND: A LONDON CYCLE COURIER’S STORY – EMILY CHAPPELL
Emily was a cycle courier in London for 8 years and you get to see a lot of life in that amount of time. Live through the cold, the rain and the exhilaration of racing through the streets of the capital with Emily. It might not make you want to be a cycle courier but it might just help you find the excitement and challenge of adversity.
DARE TO DO – TAKING ON THE PLANET BY BIKE AND BOAT – SARAH OUTEN
There’s Adventure galore in Sarah Outen’s book, Dare to Do, there is adversity and misery and love alongside the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel.
Sarah struggles both physically and mentally with the mammoth task of circling the world completely under her own power. As the weather helped change her plans, she pushes onwards reminding us all that there is a lot of inner strength available to those who really want to achieve something. A great reminder that failure is only failure if we let it be and fighting onwards is always an option.