How do you prepare your mini-adventure?

It's time for an adventure. 
The "mini" does not need to be the adventure of a lifetime, it is certainly less ambitious but no less fun and much more accessible. 
The one that awaits you at the end of the street, for a few hours or a few days;one evening during the week or a long weekend; the one that directs you towards the unexpected, the one that promises you unique experiences, on condition that you give it room by replicating the fabric of everyday life. 
And so that the charm of the mini-adventure works, it is best to prepare it, a little.Here are some practical tips designed to make your getaway a perfectly surprising little gift!

How do you prepare your mini-adventure?

Give a global shape to your mini-adventure.

Before leaving, you need to choose.Choose to discover what is hidden outside your city, choose to climb the mountain that's winking at you from your balcony, choose to walk the paths of your childhood with your friends, choose to canoe on the river next door to your house and be happy, choose the place, the natural resources near to you, and how you want to build your experience ...

How do you prepare a mini-adventure?

Where can I go?

How do you prepare a mini-adventure?

And if your desire for escape is not tied to a particular place, surf the internet, and take a look at the list of national and regional parks to help you. Or, unfold a map, and, locate green areas, natural parks, forests, lakes, mark the altitudes, the density of the road network, the number of villages and you will have a small idea of the areas where it will be possible to listen to birds and admire the stars. Finally, to refine your searches and polish your appetite for greenery, consult the websites of the tourist offices corresponding to these areas, they are often very useful for detecting points of interest.

How do you prepare a mini-adventure?


How do you prepare a mini-adventure?

What makes the micro-adventure special is its spontaneity. Combine what you have on hand with your desire for nature. For example, you have an inflatable stand up paddle in your garage and a lake within reach, check the conditions and if it's ok, take the train to your destination with your paddle in a backpack or slide it in the boot of the car for an experience you won't forget. If you don’t have a paddle board, you have at least a pair of shoes and a desire to explore, so the combination works every time.


Not with just anyone, of course. Unless you prefer to go it alone, fine, no rule goes against a good deal of solo air. But if you want to show off - jump on a bike - with friends explain roughly what you plan is, the place you want to discover, the planned route, the expected difficulty and ask them if they really fancy coming and if they feel able to do it.The mini-adventure is made for relaxing, enjoying, forgetting, but it can also be sporty, it is better for participants to be on the same wavelength before boarding.
And if the organization of all this does not excite you, remember that Decathlon Outdoor offers nature outings on foot or by bike accompanied by guides.
Once the small team is ready, it's a collective adventure that's off to a start. Spending a few days away from your home sweet home in a green theatre can quite easily trigger a concert of emotions. And that's precisely why you shouldn't hesitate to go There are the euphoric, playful, peaceful moments and others where doubt, fatigue and nervousness are present. All this makes for an intense, precious individual and collective experience. The time for the mini-adventure is packed, it does not slip through your fingers, it imprints itself deeply on yourself, which is why the memories collected will remain in your mind for a long time.

How do you prepare a mini-adventure?
How do you prepare a mini-adventure?


If you have no idea where to go, just realise that next to your home is somewhere to discover. Why? Quite simply because this starting point is the most convenient. No transport required, no costs and therefore no carbon footprint. Not bad.

Get on your bike and off! An often effective way to leave the city without taking a deep breath of exhaust fumes is to walk along the major waterways (canals, rivers, streams) that cross it. They are often lined with towpaths reserved for walkers and cyclists. They are also an opportunity to see your city from a different perspective and, often, to unearth some curiosities. Then locate the green ways or small roads that will take you to conquer the beauties around. There again, have another look at Decathlon Outdoor to help you.

If you are planning to start your mini-adventure a little further from home, explore the twists and turns of your memory, think of pretty places you would like to gaze at, point to one of them on a map and off you go...By train, car, balloon, it's up to you to decide which means of transport is best suited to approach this little piece of land that you want to go to. The idea is to place the starting point a good distance from the place of your dreams.
Example:you leave for two days walking and you have this small lake perched high in a corner of your head to bivouac, so place the starting point at 15/20/25 km from the lake depending on the difference in altitude, your shape, the weather, people accompanying you, etc. By bike, count between 40/80 km between the starting point and the finishing point. Everything will depend on the same factors as above, but also on the quality of the terrain. You will not escape the fact that you drive much slower on a stony road than on an tarmac velvet strip.

Make your way

To go on a hike it's better to plan out your route on a scale of 1: 25,000 map where each centimetre corresponds to 250 m. Take those which identify as much information as possible (rivers, forests, trails, roads, villages, etc.). Once unfolded, your map is perfect to see your route with a clear overview.

In the absence of paper version maps viewranger.com or openrunner.com sites will allow you to plan your route precisely and easily, by having the details of the altitude difference and the distance to adjust the difficulty of your escapade. The iOS and Android applications corresponding to these two sites will allow you to follow the trail on your phone screens during the mini-adventure.

To plan a cycling route, it is best to use a map with a scale of 1 / 200,000 (1 cm = 2 km) or 1 / 400,000 (1 cm = 4 km). They are particularly suitable for cycling on the road.

In digital version, the Ope Runner and Komoot sites and applications will allow you to easily plan and follow great routes, with all the expected data.In, the details of the surfaces (tarmac, gravel, earth) and the points of interest for cyclists are indicated by a red and white pictogram.

How do you prepare your mini-adventure?

With a happy ending

Ideally a mini-adventure is: spiced up with surprises (?!) Is embellished with unexpected detours (...), discovering all kinds of things (?) And if possible, it ends with a beautiful end (.). For example, take a nice hike with friends, have fun on the trails, with more or less elevation, and then end this odyssey with the climax of a summit or a mountain pass, the highest point of your day. Magnificent view!!!