Sometimes you just need to take a step back and reassess and make time for adventure, however big or small.


Life at this time of year is so fast paced. Between trying to meet deadlines, work on last minute projects, plan a trip away before Christmas and also organise Christmas it all gets a bit much and sometimes it’s hard to stay afloat and #getshitdone. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and reassess and make time for adventure, however big or small.

We as a society waste too much time in front of our phones, computers and television. Pair this with having to work crazy hours every week and you don’t leave yourself very much time to do the things you want to do.This is why I think it is so important to optimise your weekend to maintain a balanced, happy life. Get outdoors and explore!

I have had a subconscious bucket list for a while now, I haven’t actually gone to the effort to write it down until now. I have always been in pursuit of living life to the fullest and I love the idea of having a mental checklist, but it makes sense to have it written down. It’s those little things you want to cross off for yourself, so you can then say “hell yes, I did it”.

JD and I love to explore and discover new things, so most of mine are travel or outdoor activities.



  • Tasmania
  • Ride bikes through Berlin
  • Road trip along the Great Ocean Road
  • Surf overseas
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Travel around New Zealand
  • Visit Milford Sound
  • Climb Cadair Idris in Wales
  • Drive around the UK in a campervan
  • Relaxing in Hawaii
  • Experience a white Christmas
  • Write an Ebook
  • Live overseas for 6 months
  • A road trip across USA
  • New York, New York
  • Spend a week exploring and eating good food in France & Italy
  • 7 modern Wonders of the World
  • Take a photo under the Eiffel Tower


I could go on and on and on!

I recently stumbled across Alister Humphreys’ blog where he speaks about the importance of microadventure (quick outings that offer something different, something exciting—but cheap, simple, short, and on your doorstep). Alister was awarded National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures – pretty cool right? He has been trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. And I 100% agree with him. I think when we all think about adventure we automatically make it too hard for ourselves. We think it has to cost a lot of money or it only counts if it’s a two week holiday, when it actual fact it could be as simple as exploring your own city, going on an hour long road trip, spending the day going to new cafes or riding bikes everywhere.



Last weekend JD and I ticked off the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb thanks to Grana – it was so exhilarating. I don’t think either of us knew what to expect and initially it was quite scary. The moment out harness’ were removed I felt so accomplished and am thrilled to be able to tick that one off! After our bridge climb we relaxed in the Botanical Gardens overlooking the harbour prior to a beautiful dinner at Bennelong. Grana seriously thought about everything!

If you often find yourself bored on the weekends, try something new by getting out to explore your surroundings. Go off the beaten track on a microadventure and discover new things! I’ll write another post soon on “things to do on weekends”, so stay tuned.

A big thank you to Grana for our incredible day out and for making me feel like I had a mini holiday prior to Christmas!



In our photo diary from this incredible day you will see our beautiful, easy wear clothing by Grana! T-shirt and shorts were essential this day as I did so much walking! PS: How stunning is the colour of my two piece silk set I wore to dinner?

Ally: Outfit 1 (Grana Tshirt and Grana Shorts), Outfit 2 (Grana Silk Pants and Grana Silk Top)

JD: Grana Chinos, Grana Shirt


Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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