We have this story in our heads – or actually, these stories – of adventurers and explorers on the one hand, bookworms on the other.

Ideally, though, the two stories actually go together. In microexploration, in particular.

It’s actually very strange that we got to such divergent stories.

How Curiosity Develops

People who seek adventure, let alone exploration, don’t usually come to it out of some character trait that is just there.

Oh, sure, there are some who are more driven to go out there (and there are certainly some who only want their adventures to take place in their minds).

The drive, the fascination, is often fed by stories read in books.

How Exploration Starts…

If curiosity is ever to lead into successful journeys of discovery, more books become involved.

After all, even if intrepid adventurers may need nerves of steel and stamina to push on, the beginning of an expedition lies with research, planning, and preparation.

A large part of a successful journey – much as we may want to leave room for serendipitous discoveries – lies in careful planning and conscientious preparation.

… and How It Becomes Worthwhile

Whatever was explored, it needs explanation.

Stories and study.

Even if it was just meant to be an adventure, even in the middle of all the calls to do things for their own sake (not for others or for social media accolades), some documentation of what it was makes it all the more worth it.

If it was a mountain adventure that is meant to make it into the annals of mountain adventures, there at least needs to be a summit photo that gets published.

If it was a trail run in a “Fastest Known Time” (an FKT), it needs to be submitted with its proper documentation, have a GPS track, or anybody could say anything.

Or it was really just for a personal adventure.

Raise the Value!

Personal adventures, truly just for oneself, are nice, too. There is a value in them.

The value becomes all the greater, though, if they are not just superficial adventures of the same level as a packaged tour, only with added strenuousness.

If something is to have been a journey of discovery, a little bit of exploration – even if just for one person themselves – then it’s worth to sit down.

Not just with photos of the trip. Not just cutting videos to show that you have been there, done that.

Beijing's China National Library

Rather, it’s worth it to sit down and to learn more. To study more about what it was that you’d seen. About its history, its background, its relationships, its importance, its meaning, its anything and everything of your choosing.


There is a lot of that to discover, a whole lot of knowledge that can be explored all the better having established one’s own personal connection with the place, the people, the plants, the… whatever it was that made you go there… having gone somewhere.

Don’t let it have been just a quick tour, a look-see for nothing but bragging rights on Instagram that people are (likes or no likes) not a bit more interested in than they were, ages ago, in the photos of their friends’ last vacation.

Ganden Sumtseling near Shangri-la
Case in point: A selfie at Sumtseling Monastery all well and (not) good, but there is so much to learn about the place, Buddhism, the nature in its environs…

Explore deeper by delving into books.

If you must, by learning from TV documentaries. (You’ll quickly come to learn just how superficial and sometimes outright misguided those can often be.)

Make it a microexploration. It’s a good time for it.