The whole adventure was super bonding for us as a couple and for the family. I wholeheartedly recommend bonding through adventure.
I love this thread for its positivity and your experience shared.
We don't have children but I'd like to still contribute. Our biggest adventure so far was taking off for some open-ended travel and then living overseas for a while. We count ourselves lucky that we were able to do this. We traveled light, each with a back-pack and just a rough itinerary. We booked accommodation and travel tickets as we went so that we weren't restricting ourselves if we wanted to change plans and see where the wind would take us. It was an amazing experience, some of it was a mixed bag at times but I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It can be hard to shake wanderlust. Hubs has since suggested the idea of surprising one another with travel. The idea isn't to make it about the other person either, it's simply for the excitement. It could be a local weekend away or to another country. I absolutely love this idea. One of us will plan and book the trip and then simply tell the other when it will be and what type of weather to pack for.
We've recently moved and have been embracing the different experience we're having. We now have a fairly large garden that's been somewhat neglected and is overgrown, along with a house that, while lovely, also needs some TLC. The move and this property has become our new 'adventure'. Hubs said to me the other day how sexy he finds it when I'm walking the yard with him wearing my gardening boots. These boots are the practical, unattractive clompy type from the hardware store. Say whah?! Thing is, it's not about the boots, it's the intimacy of us doing this together... pulling ivy, learning about the trees we have, working on our home-project together
. Yes, it's absolutely bonding.
While google tells me the definition of adventure is an unusual and exciting or daring experience
, I think adventure can be found in the everyday, and in doing things as a couple or family. It doesn't need to be traveling the world or jumping out of a plane. It can be in gardening, home projects, volunteering, trying out new hobbies, and learning.
Although I'd also imagine this is where compatibility plays a part. As a couple, my husband and I enjoy straying off the beaten path together, trying different things, being out of our comfort zones... and when sharing in these experiences, it can indeed be bonding.