Top adventure communities to keep you inspired
Here are my favourite adventure communities and adventurers; ordinary folk who achieved the extraordinary, whose motivation it is to bring people together in the outdoors, and encourage adventure in the everyday.
In 2018 I was diagnosed with chronic migraine. I suffered months of debilitating symptoms which triggered anxiety and early stages of depression.
A year prior to the illness I heard an inspirational talk from adventurer, Dave Cornthwaite, who is the founder of a group called The Yes Tribe. I joined the group on Facebook and found people like me. People who had come from a difficult place, who wanted to redesign their lives for the better and #SayYesMore.
I’d never thought of adventure as being so accessible. I attended their ‘Yes Stories’ events, where people shared their life changing adventure stories. Families with children, solo travellers, people with disabilities, expedition leaders, couples – ordinary people from all walks of life, leading extraordinary lives.
My favourite things about the Yes Tribe:
Regular Yes Stories events take place upstairs in a central London pub. Entry is around £5. The events are filmed so you can watch them live on Facebook. Yes Stories has grown in popularity and Tribe Members have hosted their own Yes Stories events in Salisbury, Manchester and Watford.
Tribe Days at The Yes Bus
The Yes Bus is a countryside base camp in West Sussex where people come to heal their ‘sizzled’ minds, learn new skills and hatch fresh ideas. Tribe Days are free (donations welcome) and camping the night before on site, encouraged.
Other events that take place at The Bus include workshops, skill sessions and co-working days, retreats, outdoorsy weekends and summer camps. The bus is also available to hire for any groups who share the Tribe’s ethos of using community, adventure and optimism to lead positive change.
There’s a fire pit and cooking facilities, a library and beanbags on the bus. What more could you possibly want!
Yestival is a weekend of talks, workshops, inspirational lectures, discussions and campfires at night. It’s a celebration of ideas with an emphasis on discovery and inspiration, designed to set you on a new path recharge and ignite seeds of positivity.
Wake Up Wild
A great initiative launched in 2019 to celebrate The YesTribe’s 4th birthday, encouraging 2019 people to spend a night under the stars. With wild camps hosted all over the country, the aim was to get people outdoors and raise £6000 for Tree Aid.
This is so cool! I can’t wait to do this. SayYesMore founder Dave Cornthwaite has made a habit of travelling long distances without motors and has quite the collection of interesting rides. He’s inviting anyone who has a great adventure or cause to choose one of his vehicles and have an adventure of their own. Click here for more info.
The Tribe is dotted all over the world with HQs in London and West Sussex. Join the Yes Tribe group on Facebook, where you can search for events and details of regional and global tribes near you.
Yestival aside, most events and gatherings are completely free or donation only. Yes Stories events are under a tenner and hosted in local pubs. Bonus! The whole tribe ethos is about making adventures and the sharing of ideas accessible to everyone. It’s such a down to earth and lovely community.
2. THE ORDINARY ADVENTURER & LOVE HER WILD
Blogger, speaker, conservationist and adventurer, Bex Band has been recognised as one of the UK’s ‘top 30 inspirational entrepreneurs’ and has been awarded Legacy Maker on the San Miguel alternative rich list. She was also awarded the Next Generation Award and shortlisted for a national Diversity Award. Noticing a real lack of women in the outdoors, she launched Love Her Wild – a women’s adventure community, now with over 6,500 members.
Love Her Wild connects women locally (in the UK) and organises expeditions all over the world.
If ever I need advice or inspiration about travel planning, conservation and sustainability, or anything adventure related, Bex is my go-to person. I do reference Bex a lot in my blogs. I just find her such an inspiration, particularly with the work she does for conservation.
Here are a few Love Her Wild expeditions you can get involved in:
Wild Lakes of Snowdonia
Plastic Island Sailing Expedition in Scotland
Hebridean Backpacking Adventure
Whale Shark Expedition in Mafia Island, including data collection to support research, beach cleans, workshops and yoga.
Desert Elephants of Namibia
Love Her Wild Weekend North
Love Her Wild Weekend South
3. EXPLORERS CONNECT
A Bristol based not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to helping people live more adventurously, via big challenges, micro-expeditions, courses, talks, an expedition teammates platform, an industry jobs board, and much more.
This is great if you want to take adventuring to the next level. You can book onto adventure courses or test your survival skills on tailor-made expeditions.
MY FAVOURITE ADVENTURERS
These are my top 4 adventurers. Completely relatable, approachable, lovely and inspirational people.
1. DAVE CORNTHWAITE
Founder of The Yes Tribe
Dave’s mission is to undertake 25 journeys using different forms of non-motorised transport. Each journey is to be a minimum of 1000 miles long, meaning when completed Dave will have travelled further than the circumference of the earth around the Equator. Dave aims to raise over £1 Million for good causes throughout Expedition1000.
2. BEX BAND
Founder of Love Her Wild
The Ordinary Adventurer, as mentioned above. Bex’s adventures include hiking 1000 km the length of Israel, kayaking the width of the UK against plastic pollution and kick-scooting the length of the USA. Legend!
English adventurer, author and motivational speaker
Over a four-year period Alastair bicycled 46,000 miles around the world. He was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. He is responsible for the rise of the idea of The Microadventure – short, local, accessible adventures.
4. TIM MOSS
Adventure, mountaineering and cycling enthusiast, Tim Moss, is someone who I came across quite recently whilst searching for mini adventure inspiration. I like big adventures but I'm not someone who wants to do them full time - they can be quite tiring. Even Indiana Jones went back to his teaching job. So I find it reassuring to find adventurers who incorporate adventure into the everyday and encourage accessible adventuring.
One of Tim's challenges that stands out for me is his £100 Adventure.
Tim offers free expedition resources via his website - The Next Challenge, and an annual expedition grant.
Check out his adventure portfolio here and get inspired!
The world is never short of adventures or amazing people that inspire.
For advice about how to find inspiration for your next adventure or anything travel and adventure related, head to my Advice Page.
Happy adventure making x