Note from Rob – Below is a guest post from Al Humphreys.

We love the idea of a joint savings account for a big adventure. In fact – whisper it – Rob’s double decker bus project may have inspired Adventure1000.

We’ve joined forces on a competition that involves making a public commitment to adventure. Read on…

Introducing the competition

OK, here’s the deal.

  1. Read Al’s message below about what Adventure1000 is all about.
  2. If you’re up for it, commit to your own plan in a comment at the bottom.
  3. Al will judge the best 10 entries – deadline is 2 pm (GMT) Friday 17th January 2014.
  4. The winners will receive a copy of Al’s new DVD “Into the Empty Quarter”.
  5. Al will also email all entrants in a year’s time to check in on their adventure.

Over to Al…

Introducing Adventure1000

Two things are responsible for quashing most dreams of adventure: time and money.

If you are short of time you must do one of the following:

If you are short of money you must do one of the following:

  • Earn more (without costing you more time)
  • Spend less
  • Get saving

But saving up enough money to -say- climb Mont Blanc or cycle to Timbuktu, is easier said than done. That’s where a genius little tip from a friend comes in. It is a brilliant motivating tool whether you dream of a solo journey or heading off with a friend

Here, then, is a way to save up enough money to have a genuinely good adventure. It is simple, effective, quite painless and also gives you enough time

Step-by-step it…

1. Start a new bank account.

This is the only hassle of the whole plan. And it’s not much of a hassle at all. I set up a new account with Smile in under 15 minutes.

2. Set up a Standing Order from your main bank account to the new account.

Each week transfer £20 to the new account. (If you can’t afford £20 a week even after cutting out your daily cup of coffee and a couple of beers here and there then choose a figure you can afford. Just don’t use this as an excuse to do nothing at all.) The important thing is to choose an amount that you can spare without much stress or worry.

3. Persuade a friend to do the same.

The hardest part is over. This is such a painless way to raise £1000 of money for your adventure in just one year. Now it is time for the second phase of the scheme:

4. Tell everyone that in one year’s time you are going to cycle to Sweden or run to Romania or hitch-hike to Hanoi.

5. You now have one year to sort out every aspect of the adventure (commitment, equipment, fitness, time off work).

I have set up this process myself now. I have no idea what I will be doing one year from now, but I like the fact that I have taken the first step towards making sure that boring old money will not prevent me doing a great trip next year.

Why don’t you do this yourself?

Today. You might not know yet what adventure you would like to do with your £1000.

But if you do know why don’t you make it public right now? Commit to the plan in the comments section, and I’ll personally email you in a year to check up on your master plan.

I’ll also judge the 10 most exciting, original, interesting £1000 adventures posted below by 2 pm GMT on Friday 17th January (2014) and the team at Escape the City will send you a copy of my new film – “Into the Empty Quarter”

Over to you!


Al –

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