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Quarter-Life Crisis? Go on an Adventure

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This isn’t what you thought it was going to be. You’re in your mid 20s; school is over, and you’ve spent the last few years trying different career paths. And now? You’ve seen other people jump right into working and end up burned out and miserable, and you want to make sure that doesn’t happen to you. So what can you do?

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

One option: Get a motorcycle and spend a few days (or months) seeing the country. There are few activities more thrilling and relaxing at the same time than jumping on the back of a bike and hitting the open road.

Whether you prefer jumping on a crotch rocket to go meet up with friends in the city, taking part in a poker run on the back of a custom hog, or going cross country in style with a tricked-out cruiser, a ride on a motorcycle can be a great way to find yourself. Visit BikeBandit.com for a good selection of motorcycle jackets and gear.

Thrill-a-Minute

Maybe you’re more of a one-off type of adventurous spirit. You have an hour or two to kill here and there between searching for the perfect career and working to pay the bills, and you need to blow off some steam. There are a variety of ways you can feed that adventurous bug.

• Hiking – It’s quick and easy, and good for you too. You may not be aware, but most cities have dozens of hiking trails and greenbelt paths open to public use. You can burn some energy, get your blood pumping, and explore your surroundings all at the same time.

• Biking – If you are looking for a little more challenge, most hiking trails can be used as biking trails as well. In addition, there are usually several prime locations for mountain biking within a few hours of any city. Visit Trails.com to locate a map of biking trails near you.

• Skydiving – Need an adrenaline fix? Willing to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Looking to get some real-world experience of gravity? Skydiving can help you with all of these. It’s a fantastic way to live out loud whenever you want.

• Watersports – Depending on where you live, there are usually a variety of activities around involving water just a few hours away. Summertime offers waterskiing, jet skiing, and boating, while winter allows for downhill skiing or boarding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Other activities like white-water rafting can be found year-round in many places.

• Up in the air – Activities like hot air ballooning and hang gliding can give you a new perspective on the world and help you see things from a whole new angle. And for the even more adventurous, learning to actually fly with a pilot’s license can be an incredible experience.

Your 20s go by in a flash. Take the time to enjoy it while you can.

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