Brits are more adventurous at 22 – from skydiving to solo trips abroad

Brits are more adventurous at age 22 – stepping out of their comfort zone when it comes to travel, hobbies and fitness. A study of 2,000 adults found that more than half (54%) would describe themselves as “adventurous”.

But 18-24 year olds are the most likely to make the claim (79%), with 55-64 year olds the least (33%). The risks people feel they have taken in life include everything from booking a last-minute vacation (23%) to leaving their job without another one in line (24%).

Others experienced adventures through abseiling (12%), traveling abroad alone (20%) and swimming naked (12%). Nearly three-quarters (72%) have done something outside of their comfort zone – including talking to people they’ve never talked to before (52%) and doing something alone (51%).

More than one in ten has ventured into rappelling.
More than one in ten has ventured into rappelling.

But many would like to be more adventurous, doing things like moving to another country (11%), skydiving (nine percent) and starting their own business (eight percent). The study, commissioned by Mentos Gum, also found that saying yes to new things makes people feel excited (36%) and confident (26%) – but also apprehensive (32%).

And 30% think stepping out of their comfort zone has boosted their confidence, while one in four felt the need to try something new out of boredom.

Kim McMahon of the gum brand said: “It’s great to see how adventurous adults are. Whether big or small, taking a step outside your comfort zone can be daunting, but boosting confidence.

“It’s a common phrase that we only regret the things we didn’t do in life, and it’s interesting to see that the older generation surveyed encourage young people to take advantage of new opportunities that come their way.

“We want to help inspire the nation by saying ‘yes’ more, especially this summer after the last two years – there’s no better time.”

The study also found that 45% generally agree with opportunities that arise, while 29% generally opt for the “no”. But that left one in three (34%) wishing they had said “yes” more often when looking back on their life.

It also found that 29% of respondents, via OnePoll, believe that caring less about what people think has helped them become more adventurous. And three in ten admitted they are more likely to do something daring with others than alone, having felt inspired by their friends (29%), partner (27%) or child (22%).

Life experiences also influenced how adventurous or carefree adults are – including becoming a parent (24 percent), graduating from university (21 percent) and a health scare (20 percent). Artists Woody and Kleiny, who appear in a video of the bubblegum brand trying to get people to say “yes”, said: “We had an amazing time figuring out what adventures await the public this summer – it was a real mix of vacations, zip lines and even same skydiving.

“People were laughing, getting involved, and we even played a few pranks too. Don’t let the fun stop after your twenties – life is 100% more fun when you’re ready to try new things.”

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