A popular social media that allows people to show their experiences through photography; whether the photo is good or bad is another topic. The important part is how useful it can be if you are in search of your next adventure.
I like to follow lots of awesome people with creative visual art like Steven Scarcello. You will most likely see places that look incredible. Sometimes the user will list where the photo was taken, or look in the comments. I tend to follow people that are close to where I am in the Pacific Northwest because I typically only have weekends to explore (unless I request time off of work). I do follow others just in case I decide I want to take a more extravagant trip across the map. I have a fat list of places to knock out from doing this method.
2. Good ol’ Google
I don’t think I need to explain what Google is. If you don’t know, go ahead and Google it. What I will tell you is that it is a great place to get lost (in a good way) and to keep expanding your searches. One minute I’ll be on “Cool Adventures” and the next minute I’ll find the coolest places that I was unaware of like Punchbowl Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.
Google Maps is also a great way to find things. If you go on maps in your area, you can look for nearby lakes or rivers. You never know what you might stumble upon when you’re traversing through Google Maps. Go ahead and start Googling away!
3. Ask Your Friends, Family, and Locals
This method is probably one of the best ones to discover your next adventure. This might be overlooked because it is so obvious and right in front of you. Just ask the people around you! Locals and people who have grown up around your area know it really well (hopefully, or else they need to get out more). Even people that you may be friends with on Facebook or other blogs might know some really awesome places to go. Say you’re going somewhere near the Idaho/Montana/Wyoming border Tri-point, then you might visit Yellowstone National Park. Well it just so happens that co-founder, David, wrote a post on how to do Yellowstone in 3.5 hours!
4. The Outbound Collective
The Outbound Collective is a really awesome resource to find your next adventure. This website allows users to upload their own unique experiences to the site. You can type in your location and find hikes, backpacking, rock climbing or whatever kind of adventure is near you. It can also put the search results in order of how close it is to you along with many other filters. You can even put your own experiences on the site so fellow wanderers can experience your adventure.
Find Your Own Adventures is a website that I found just by simply Googling “how to find your next adventure”—turns out it’s pretty sweet! It is pretty photo based, which is awesome because I love photography. I like the feel of the website too; it’s clean. It uses longitude and latitude to pinpoint where exactly the adventure was and shows awesome photos of what you might expect if you go there. Nothing gets me more excited about going somewhere when there is beautiful photography of the location that I can see beforehand.
There are many other ways to search for your next adventure but these are five methods we use. Tell us how you find your next adventures in the comments below!
Written by: Josh Blakley