Lets face it, the global economy remains in the tank and we've all been more conservative with how we spend our money. That includes British adventurer Alastair Humphreys, who has been embarking on a series of "microadventures," which by definition are short, cheap, and take place close to home. With that philosophy in mind, it is kind of amazing what you can find just outside your door.
To promote this micro-adventuring further, Alastair and apparel company howies have joined forces and are looking to give away some nice gear for your best microadventure. You can read all about this cool contest in this blog post that Alastair wrote yesterday, but in a nutshell, he's encouraging all of us to find an adventure just outside our own homes.
The rules are pretty simple: the journey must begin and end at your front door and should cover a circular route in a non-motorized fashion. The microadventure must take at least 24-hours to complete, give or take a few hours, and you must sleep outdoors in a place that you've never been. Oh, and an outdoor swim needs to be included at some point as well.
When you've finished your microadventure, let howes know about it in some fashion. Get creative, Tweet them a haiku, post a blog story on their Facebook page, drop them an e-mail with images from the journey, or even send them a note through the mail. The contest runs through September 30th, and four grand prize winners will each get £250 howies bundles and their story on the howies website. Ten runner-ups will get howies t-shirts and a copy of Alastair's book.
For more on the contest and project, check out the video below.