Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Last update: 2021-09-26

Depending on the regulations of pandemic isolation and social distance orders, we have carefully compiled some low-impact recreational microadventure ideas for you. Let’s relax a bit, get some fresh air, and temporarily get away from the stress of the pandemic.

Here are the 9 low-impact microadventure ideas for pandemic isolation and social distance:

Nature Trips To A Nearby Under-The-Radar Trail

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

There are a lot of under-the-radar trails across the United States. Find the closest and get there. Take a-day trip or multi-day trip depending on regulations of the trail.

This is a perfect chance for you to temporarily be away from the urban bustle and noise or the stress of pandemic to enjoy nature. Some trails are dog-friendly and kid-friendly while others provide a lot of activity options, such as birdwatching, running, hiking, and mountain biking.

If possible, scout before you decide to camp or take a multi-day trip there.

Read our article “Under-the-Radar Hiking Trails Across the U.S”.

Take A Tour Around Your Neighborhood

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

We have a tendency of looking for, then traveling and exploring a place far away from where we live but overlook the wonderful scenic spots right next door. That leads to a fun fact that, sometimes, even tourists know more about your neighborhood than you do yourself.

Why not take advantage of this pandemic isolation period to visit all those places?

Leave your car at home; try skateboarding, bike riding, or walking to take a scenic byway. Try exploring new roads around your living area. Chances are that you will be freakily surprised by how beautiful it is.

Follow A River

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

If you live near a river, take a microadventure by walking along the bank to the farthest you can go until sunsets. If you have a kayak, why not hold a short kayaking trip here?

Remember to check the weather forecast, bring enough water, and wear appropriate clothing to get the best comfort. Make sure to check the local regulations before you carry your kayak or fishing gear there.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

While wild scavenger hunts are primarily for kids with the goal of separating them from smartphone games, it's a fun activity for both parents to get involved in.

Make a scavenger hunt list around your yard or in your neighborhood.

Remember to consider the weather, the pandemic situation of your hometown, the age of your children, and the number of participants to choose the right hunting site and make the right hunting list.

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

For more ideas of scavenger hunt lists, find them on Pinterest. Hold a friendly competition or add a reward to make this hunting game more interesting.

Required: Wild scavenger hunt lists, buckets, gloves, and sunscreen.

Watch/Photograph A Sunrise Or Sunset From A Nearby Mountain/Beach

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Walking, skateboarding, or riding a bike to a nearby under-the-radar beach or mountain to watch sunrise or sunset is an easy yet wonderful microadventure experience.

If you love photography, use your camera or smartphone camera to take some shots.

Consult our article “How to Take Better Sunrise and Sunset Photos” if you want to upgrade your photography skills by this chance.

Cook An Outdoor Camping Meal

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Find a nearly secluded river, mountain, or trail where you are allowed camping through the night during this pandemic isolation and social distance. Car camping is the most convenient because you can pack more camping cookware and utensils.

If your living area isn't close to any of those places, camping in your backyard is not a bad idea.

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Plan ahead your camping menu and estimate the food portions (based on the number of participants, genders, and ages). Don’t worry if this is your very first time planning on a camping trip, read these two articles:

  • “DIY Backpacking Meal Recipes for Your Next Trip Off the Grid”
  • “Types of Cookware for Easy Outdoor Feasts”

Required: camping cookware, cooking equipment, and cooking utensils, foods, drinks, and universal spice kit.

Find Geocaches

Geocaching is a very exciting outdoor recreational activity. It requires navigational techniques, - such as a smartphone, tablet, or GPS - to hide and seek waterproof containers (also called geocaches).

These geocaches are varied in sizes; small ones usually accommodate a pencil, a pen, or a logbook while bigger ones contain more valuable items, like trinkets or toys.

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Their position will be marked by coordinates. There are many geocaching apps online for worldwide players.

Everesting

This activity is gradually becoming popular after the pandemic broke out and the social distancing order was issued.

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Everesting is for cyclists, which requires them to ascend and descend a given hill many times to reach the distance equivalent to Mount Everest’s elevation – 29,032 feet.

Night Hiking

Low Impact Microadventure Ideas for Pandemic Isolation and Social Distance

Hiking during daylight is quite a popular experience for many hikers and chances are that you’ll encounter many people at a hiking trail. So, why not take a night hiking trip?

If you’re non-experienced, take a short trip and choose an easy-rated or moderate-rated mountain trail.

Conclusion

We have just shared with you the 9 low-impact microadventure ideas for pandemic isolation and social distance.

Our team tried to pick different activities so that no matter where you’re living and how serious the pandemic situation is in your area, there will be at least one that suits you. The hope that you liked our work. Thanks for reading!

Bryan Listor
Bryan Listor

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