Our directory of things of interest

University Directory

MICROADVENTURES: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys

  • Written by  Jonathan Wright
  • Published in Books
MICROADVENTURES: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys
01 Aug
2014
Alastair Humphreys informs us that he has ‘visited almost half the countries on Earth’ and indulged in his share of epic exploits: ‘I have rowed and sailed across oceans, walked across deserts and cycled across continents’

This hasn’t deterred him from seeking fun closer to home. In this enthusiastic, pleasingly madcap book, he offers tips on how we lesser mortals can bring a little exploration into our lives.

He coins the term ‘microadventure’ and defines it as follows: ‘Cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.’ Some of his examples include forays into woods and forests, following ancient pilgrimage trails, swimming in rivers and building rudimentary huts from natural materials.

Some of the suggestions don’t hold great appeal, at least to me. I find no great joy in the prospect of following, as closely as possible, the route of the M25 on foot. Other projects win me over. How marvellous it would be if everyone decided to walk home for Christmas, no matter where they found themselves a few days ahead of the festive season.

Humphreys suggests that ‘most people enjoy adventure and would love to have more of it in their lives’. It can apparently be found in your own back garden (simply explore your patch at night) or, if you’re game, you could hoof it from coast to coast. Humphreys is clearly slightly bonkers and this is a wonderful thing. Having read this book, I now know how to locate a spot for wild camping and have a clear understanding of what I should pack for my own microadventures.

See you on the highway, or perhaps the byway.

MICROADVENTURES: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys, William Collins, £16.99

Subscribe to Geographical!

geo line break v3

Free eBooks - Geographical Newsletter

Sign up for our weekly newsletter today and get a FREE eBook collection!

geo line break v3

University of Winchester

geo line break v3

EDUCATION PARTNERS

Aberystwyth University University of Greenwich The University of Derby

TRAVEL PARTNERS

Ponant

Silversea

Travel the Unknown

NEVER MISS A STORY - Follow Geographical on Social

Want to stay up to date with breaking Geographical stories? Join the thousands following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and stay informed about the world.

More articles in REVIEWS...

Exhibitions

Paris is home to Europe’s largest science museum. Its latest…

Books

by Richard Wrangham • Profile Books  • £25 (hardback/eBook)

Books

by Yasha Levine • Icon Books • £14.99 (paperback)

Books

by Matthew Carr • Hurst • £20 (hardback)

Books

by Seamus O’Brien • Kew Publishing • £40 (hardback)

Books

by Simon Jenkins • Viking • £25 (hardback)

Films

A harrowing and honest portrayal of the working life of…

Films

One man’s recreation of an epic 1930s survival experience deep…

Books

by Tom Harper • The British Library • £30 (hardback)

Books

by Susan Schulten • The British Library • £30 (hardback)

Books

by Ben & Marina Fogle • William Collins • £20 (hardback/eBook)

Books

by Tim Flannery • Allen Lane • £25 (hardback)

Books

by Keith Wilson • £40 (hardback)

Books

by Gaston Dorren • Profile Books • £14.99 (hardback)

Books

by William A. Ewing and Holly Roussell • Thames and…

Books

by Ben Coates • Nicholas Brealey Publishing • £12.99 (paperback)

Books

by Nicholas Crane • Weidenfeld & Nicolson • £12.99 (hardback)

Books

by Mary Robinson • Bloomsbury • £16.99 (hardback)

Books

by Pieter van der Merwe and Jeremy Michell • Bloomsbury • £18.99…