What prevents you from having more adventures?

Today we’re going to examine what it is that prevents you from having more adventures.

With the help of an extremely scientific polling solution found here on WordPress, I ask that you choose one answer from the list.

If two or more answers apply, well, thank you for screwing up my poll. Just kidding. If this is the case, let me know why in the comments section.

Fill in the blank if you choose “Other.” Very important research depends on it.

We’ll take a look at the results later on. From there, we’ll find solutions to help you get over your adventure hurdles. Have fun.

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31 comments

    1. I wish we were all independently wealthy. Then I could say something absurd like “yo Guap, wanna float the Yangtze River this weekend?”

  1. By the way, I voted. I went with “Excuses” because I’m pretty damn good at making them.

    And I have to say, my voting experience was quite pleasant. No lines. Friendly pollsters. Private polling station. Coffee. Donuts. High fives.

  2. I’m with El Guapo: time and money are the biggest obstacles. Oh and I need to find people to watch my pets. That costs more money. It is a good thing they are cute little buggers 🙂

    1. Trust me, we’re forced to occasionally pay for a pet sitter, and every time we do so my comment goes something like this: “We pay her how much to walk the dog?! Are you kidding me?!”

  3. Ditto to what TBM said. my son is 21 and I keep encouraging him to explore the world. Just recently he went on a spontaneous road trip through Netherlands, Belgium and France. at least I can live vicariously through him. Travel and adventure are the things that you NEVER regret and always make the best memories. Like the post!

    1. Kudos to your son, but I’m curious why you aren’t having a few adventures of your own. A lot of our family members tell my wife and I the exact same thing, that they live vicariously through us. It kind of drives me crazy sometimes. I try to tell them that they can do the exact same things we’re doing, or even tone it down a notch and find their own adventures.

      I think you might enjoy my post today. No excuses.

  4. ‘Excuses’ is the only real answer….everything else falls under that category. Little kids find incredible adventure in a small patch of back yard or playground. They don’t look for excuses, they only look for fun.

  5. I entered other- nothing, but excuses is the best answer by far. These posts you’ve been putting up say a lot to me. We got started very late in our adventures, in our 40’s, and have been working to make up lost time. There is no substitute for travel and adventure, and there is 0 excuse for not doing it whenever possible. Keep up the questions and polls, we may get some converts.

    1. I’m really happy to hear that you guys finally came around. Age doesn’t matter. How often do we hear people say “well, I’m just too damn old to do anything”? Enough! I met an elderly woman a few weeks ago who was going on safari in Africa in a few days, by herself! She could’ve made a ton of excuses. But she didn’t.

  6. Money for sure. There’s so many adventures I want to do. Go to Africa. Go on a two-week camping trip. Sky dive. Etc etc etc. I will do it all in time, but money is what will stop me from doing it sooner rather than later. And from possibly doing less than everything I want to do! 🙂
    What’s your answer, Eric?

    1. Too bad we can’t do it all! Do you ever feel short on time, like there’s too much to see, and too little time?

      I went with “Excuses.” I can cook up a mean excuse, no problem.

      1. For sure. There’s only so many vacation days you can get off work, that’s the main thing.
        Haha, I’m surprised! Thought you would totally be against mean excuses.

    1. Great post! You really summed it up perfectly. Excuses suck. They hold us back way too often. Nice job recognizing this simple fact of life!

    1. I experience minor setbacks with aches and pains, even at my age (30). I hope it doesn’t slow me down to the point where I can no longer find adventure. You seem to stay busy, and it looks like you’re still having fun despite the aches and pains!

  7. I wanted to share another thought. My 27-year-old daughter, who left for 5 months in New Zealand with a boyfriend and will return the end of April 2.5 years later with a husband, called me from Indonesia yesterday. She told me, through tears, how she thinks she came close to really messing up her life. They had been told about a great place to climb up a waterfall and then jump into the pool below. Game, she climbed up, but once at the top she just did not feel confident, so started looking for a way to climb back down when she fell. Not in the water. She tumbled down the cliff and landed on her back, unable to move and her first thought was she was a paraplegic. Well, thankfully she seems to be ok, sore and battered but ok. The point I want to make here is all this talk about adventure sometimes leads (young) people to think they can do anything. I just want to add to remember to keep your brain engaged and evaluate YOUR skill and energy level. Recognize when it may not be right for you to try to do something and do not let anyone “shame” you into trying.

    1. I’m really, really glad to hear your daughter is OK! Talk about scary! Wow.

      Excellent point you make. Personally, the older I get, the more calculated I get. I probably wouldn’t do half the stuff I did when I was kid. And I’ll carefully assess situations these days. Do you think it’s possible teach kids this valuable approach (engaged brain, evaluate your skill and energy level, etc.)?

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