Allison Hagaman // @allisonhagaman
Adventure is out there -
if you want it, go get it.
I used to sit around all day trying to figure out something to do, and would waste my days that way.
One day I just started doing spur of the moment trips.
One day I'd decide I want to have a few drinks in Vancouver BC and explore the city (mainly because I'm not 21 and can't do that in Seattle) and the next weekend I'd want to go to the beach, so I'd drive to Oregon sea side.
My trips started to get further and a little more expensive, like going to Banff for the weekend. My friend and I slept in the car one night and stayed in a hostel the other.
I understand wanting to go places costs a lot so I honestly sleep in my car to save money, or look for hostels or airbnb's, split the cost of gas, and try to pack as much food as we can.
I want to see the world, and take it one step at a time. If you want something, go for it. Everything else will follow.
What kind of relationship did you have with adventure before you started taking more trips?
The relationship I had with adventure was more of a dream. I was always too scared to actually go out on my own and get out of my comfort zone.
What do you feel changed in your life for you to go from sitting around to taking trips to adventurous locations?
I think what changed is the fact I had just gotten out of a relationship and was trying to really figure out who I was.
When I was growing up my parents always took me camping and I was always playing in the woods with my friends. So when I lost what I had been comfortable with I was forced to find something to occupy my time instead of someone.
It's crazy how even years later I still find my peace in the outdoors. I started off with a small local hike maybe two or three times a month, and now I'm going two or three times a week.
What kind of changes have you seen in your life since you started being more assertive with your adventuring?
I've seen some huge changes in my life since I've started adventuring. The first one is how much happier I am.
I still tell my best friend (Mariah Pollardo @marpollardo) how amazed I am that so much can change in such a small amount of time. I've also become a little more confident. I've always been timid and a bit shy, but I've started to branch out and make more friends, which usually leads to more adventures.
I've also noticed that I've gotten in really good shape and have picked up healthier habits. I used to sleep a lot and eat junk food, but when you are going on a long hike or a road trip you really need the healthy food to keep you going.
Don't get me wrong I do still splurge and eat a cinnamon roll or two. They're my absolute favorite junk food.
How do you see this lifestyle shaping who you are in the future and what you look to do in this life?
I've learned that determination and persistence is the key to achieving the goals you want in life.
I get to certain points on hikes where I don't think I can make it to the top but I push through and get rewarded with beautiful views, and realize that it's all worth the hard work in the end.
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