Don’t let summer pass you by! It’s time to get moving and start adding more adventure to your life. Are you ready?

If not, it might be helpful to know that the top excuse that always seems to keep people from doing this is not having enough time. That’s why you have to purposely create space for new experiences.

When you do this, adventure quickly becomes possible and all those excuses melt like ice in the summer sun.

Clear One Afternoon

You don’t have to clear away hours every single day. Instead, start your journey to adventure by clearing one afternoon a week. The idea is to take baby steps. Even if you only clear two or three hours, there’s still quite a bit you can do.

Grab some friends to explore a new part of town. Do an escape room and then try that new Thai place you’ve been hearing great things about. Schedule a spa day or sign up for a fun class at your local community center.

Once you start adding new activities, you naturally start to feel the excitement running through your veins and you’ll want more.

Plan Out A Trip

Summer is the perfect time to take a trip with friends or family. Being away from work or school might just be your best opportunity to create space for new experiences. Instead of just doing the same thing, plan out something fun and different.

For instance, if you typically fly to your destination, drive instead. Pick a route with multiple stops along the way. You may decide not to go as far, but we guarantee you’ll have a memorable adventure!

Yes, planning a trip can be stressful, but with the right tips, even the planning can be a fun adventure.

Decide On Your Adventure

What if you want more adventure instead of just a trip or an afternoon? Adventure can be a part of your daily life. You just have to have a starting point.

To create space for new experiences this summer, start by listing all the fun and adventurous things you’d love to do. While it’s nice to daydream, make two lists. The first is your realistic adventures and the other for those that may take a while to get to, such as a global trip that may take a few years to save up for.

For your realistic adventures, you might list things like:

  • Day trips
  • Stargazing
  • Learning a new skill
  • Trying a new hobby
  • Playing like a kid again, with or without your own kids
  • Exploring local attractions and historic sites like a tourist
  • Learning to cook or cooking with loved ones
  • Doing more with friends and family

If you need more ideas, Annie Andre lists 101 adventurous ideas for the unadventurous and More Than Main Street has 52 great ideas to kick summer off right.

Schedule Adventure

Adventure might sound like it should be spontaneous—but that doesn’t always work out so well. After a long day at work, you come home and just want to relax. But, what if adventure was scheduled in just like a doctor appointment?

Decide on a time and create an appointment for something adventurous. If you want to feel more spontaneous, just jot down “Adventure Break” and choose your activity on the fly.

If you want to ensure that certain activities happen, write down what your adventure will be—and stick to your plan when the time comes! You’ll thank yourself later for the amazing break from routine.

Don’t Do It Alone

Create space for new experiences by taking a two-step approach. First, schedule the adventure. Second, tell someone. Better yet, get someone else involved. When you have a friend or family member to hold you accountable, it’s much easier to carve out the time—and will be tons of fun while enjoying quality time together, too.

An organized, fulfilled and adventurous summer starts with the right planning tools. A Day Designer daily or weekly planner will help you take the first step towards a summer filled with new experiences!