Ep 10: Alastair Humphreys on Microadventures, Appreciating The Moment and Being a Jack Of All Trades

February 27, 2015

Alastair Humphreys has been named as National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, he has written 7 books about his experiences which include; spending 4 years cycling around the world through 60 countries and more than 46,000 miles. He has walked across India, rowed the Atlantic ocean and been on expeditions to the Arctic. He has Spoken at 2 TEDx events and is a pioneer of the concept of Microadventures, which are all about encouraging people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone and go somewhere they’ve never been before.


In This Episode:

  • What is a MicroAdventure?
  • How to go on adventures even if you have No time and No money.
  • Why Alastair spent 8 days walking a lap of the M25
  • Finding wild places and beautiful settings on your doorstep
  • The importance of being outside and connecting back to nature
  • Ways in which Alastair tries to slow down and appreciate the moment more
  • How he deals with negativity and people saying ‘you can’t do that’
  • All you need to do is start, start really small, go on a walk, climb a hill, but start!
  • Start small, build up momentum, then you are very hard to stop.
  • What are the realities of trying to turn your passion into a business?
  • Why Alastair prefers to be a Jack of all trades, master of none.
  • Why you should stop doing tasks that you are bad at and don’t enjoy
  • What does a fulfilled life mean to Alastair?
  • What is 1 thing our listeners can do today that will have a massive positive effect on their lives?
  • Which books or resources have changed/had a big impact on your life?


Link Mentioned:

Alastair Humphreys TED talk about Motivation


Books Mentioned:

Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escape by Alastair Humphreys

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

The Kon-Tiki Expedition: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl


Connect With Alastair:

Alastair’s website

Alastair on Twitter, Facebook


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