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Why You Should Apply for the #GetOutDoStuff Travel Grants

British explorer and author John Blashford-Snell speaking at the 2023 Armchair Adventure Festival. The #GetOutDoStuff grants are available thanks to the event’s fundraising efforts.

Applications are now open for the #GetOutDoStuff adventure travel grants. The beauty of these grants is that anyone getting out and doing stuff can apply. A round-the-world trip need not be planned—the adventure is about stepping outside your comfort zone and doing something unique to you.

In memory of David Martin, the grants aim to spread the message that life is short and we must make the most of it. Diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in 2016, Martin spent his next six and a half years living adventurously between 100 rounds of chemotherapy.

During one-week increments, Dave rode his motorbike from the UK’s Land’s End to John O’Groats, drove through the Alps, explored Croatia, and married his partner in Las Vegas after cruising Route 66 across the US. The grants carry Martin’s mantra forward, inspiring people to #GetOutAndDoStuff.

Have an adventure in mind? There are a few musts you need to know. The adventure has to be about you getting out and doing stuff, and it must be undertaken within the year of applying.

There are three #GetOutDoStuff grants available:

  1. Armchair Adventures Choice Award: maximum amount £3,000 (one available)
  2. #Young Adventurer Award in Memory of Alistair Farland: maximum amount £1,000 (one available)
  3. Micro-Adventures Awards: maximum amount £500 (multiple available)

The following items are good to have but not mandatory, and the Armchair Adventure Festival founders recommend against changing your trip to “shoehorn” them in.

  • Your trip will inspire others to #GetOutDoStuff.
  • Your trip will use the power of social media or other formats to reach more people with the message #GetOutDoStuff.
  • Your trip will raise money for a good cause – bonus points for a cause close to Dave’s heart, including anything to do with mental health and bowel cancer.
  • Your trip will be environmentally and socially conscious, and you’ll consider the impacts of your adventure on the environments and communities you pass through.
  • Your trip will aim to harness the transformative power of adventure travel as a catalyst for change. Be that leaving positive mental and physical health benefits for you or to combat wider social and environmental issues within society.

For more information on each grant, the criteria, and how they will be awarded, head to armchairadventurefestival.com/getoutdostuff.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. As Senior Editor at Overland Journal, you can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or writing about the unsung women of overlanding history. @desktoglory_ash