Finding Outdoor Inspiration Offline

We’ve all seen that beautifully scenic photo with inspirational words scrawled across it. If not on Instagram, then on Facebook or Pinterest or your own desktop background. Inspiration is out there, online. We don’t even need to look very far to find it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this! It is actually kind of awesome, especially if you’re someone motivated by words alone. But if you’re not that person, fret not! There is more than just pretty pictures + words out there, waiting to inspire you.

The first step to finding the more-than-just-words inspiration is the walk away from your internet connection. Close the laptop. Ditch the cell phone. Avoid your tablet. Instead, look at the people around you. If you don’t see any…go find some, then consider using a few of these tips to find inspiration. Offline.

When your friends are into biking, you give it a try…even if you fall into pokey bushes!

Ask a Friend About Their Adventurous Plans.

The next time you’re hanging out with friends, ask them about their adventurous plans for the next weekend or next month or next lifetime. Don’t just ask for the basics, especially among friends. Go beyond ‘a trip to Peru’ by asking about where they will be visiting, what food they’re excited about trying + what areas they hope to explore. This will do two things.

First, it’ll get you stoked on their trip + give both of you something more to chat about. Secondly, it just might give you a few ideas for yourself. Did you know Peru is the home of Machu Picchu + the Rainbow Mountains, the Andes, giant sand dunes + a whole passel of islands? Okay, maybe you did, but it’s a safe bet that your friend who’s planning a trip there knows even more exciting things about the area. Hearing these things may put Peru back on your radar or bump it up your travel list. How’s that for inspiration?

**side note: this works just as well for backyard adventures + trips into the wilderness near home, using something a big + exciting as a trip to Peru was just an easier example!**

Found out my brother wanted to hike a mountain, so we made it happen!

Offer to Help Friends Meet Their Goals.

Let’s step away from the big international examples + take a look at the closer to home adventures. You probably have a friend with a big goal on the horizon; jump on board + offer to support them. If they’re hoping to ski some epic backcountry lines, offer to accompany them on a few tours or help them fine tune their avalanche skills. If they’ve signed up for a big trail race, be there to run with them during training runs + maybe even offer to support them on race day.

Not only will you feel awesome for helping them meet their goals, you just might get a little inspiration from watching them rock at life. There is something about watching people taking on challenges that gets us excited about taking on our own version of adversity.

A few of these ladies got excited about a cabin trip I had planned, so they came along!

Invite Them to Share Your Adventures.

What adventures do you have planned? Think you might have a friend or three that would want to join you? You bet you do! Invite them along! If the adventure is right up their alley you’ll both love having company along the way + there’s nothing more inspiring than sharing the wilderness with like minded people.

If you’re headed out on an adventure that’s a bit out of their cozy comfort zone, don’t let that stop you from inviting them! Adjust your expectations appropriately, extend the invitation + offer up any gear they may need to borrow. Heading out on a snowshoeing adventure with someone who’s never snowshoed is way more fun then heading out on your own. For starters, you’ll have someone to talk to while your plow through heaps of snow. Better yet, you’ll be there to help a friend accomplish something they’ve never done before! You’ll get a month’s worth of inspiration just witnessing them take on something new with excitement + determination. Plus, if you’re lucky, you will have acquired a new snowshoeing buddy which means you’ll have one more excuse to get out there more often!

So, what do you think — is it possible to find some truly organic inspiration without a few words overlaid on a stunning image? Yup, we thought so too!

Tell us, where do you find your inspiration?

About the Author


Heidi Kumm

Heidi Kumm is a trail runner, world traveler, mountain climber, and all around adventure enthusiast. She is so stoked on adventure that she has made it her career as the owner of Adventure Feet First, a travel company that focuses on getting people outside to explore the world around them. Over the past years Heidi has spent months living abroad, volunteering around the world, living out of a van/car/truck, and finding new ways to explore on foot, by bike, or with a backpack. She has learned the ins and outs of self propelled exploration the hard way, so she's here to help us learn from her mistakes and to help us become more informed on how to make your own mistakes, safely.