The Best Microadventures of 2023

Microadventures are short, sweet, simple, and above all, accessible. Build more of them into your life this year.

The Philosophy of Microadventures


Meditations on radical incrementalism for the adventurer

Alastair Humphreys wrote the book on quick, cheap ways to shake up your day-to-day. Here's how he builds quick and inexpensive outings around the idea.

It doesn't take much to feel like you've gotten away.

Microadventures We Recommend

How to satiate your curiosity about the cosmos

Megan Michelson

Make this summer all about exploring off-the-beaten-path adventures within a few hours of your home


Sometimes the best campsite is a few steps out the back door


Alpacka Raft’s featherweight Ghost is changing the game for multisport enthusiasts


Sometimes the simplest experience is all you need

Shelma Jun

Shelma Jun, founder of women's climbing organization Flash Foxy and co-founder of production company Never Not Collective, outlines a busy month of foraging, climbing, and other adventures in the city


'Outside' staffers know a thing or two about maximizing our microadventures. Steal our tips for getting after it in the early morning, late at night, during lunchtime, and on short weekends.


Given that most of us have stayed put for the past few months, the Outside staff came up with some exciting ways to make the most of being on the home front. Puppy, anyone?

I only recently learned that hitting the trails solo makes me feel more alive.

Anna Lee Beyer

Fishing can help your young ones cultivate confidence and develop patience in the outdoors. Here's how to pull it off.

Ellen O'Brien

The sport sweeping the country taught me how to feel like a kid again

Ellen O'Brien

One yoga teacher immersed herself in freezing water for 31 days. Here’s her advice for how you can do it, too.