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A: Everything. If you’re not genuinely curious about a thing, it isn’t worth doing as you’re kidding yourself. Audiences know if the storyteller is there for the right reasons — authenticity is key. Each adventure is the prescription drug of the vagabond – a wayfaring, beachcombing type who drifts. Sometimes there is an objective, but it’s often unclear what the objective means…” (pg. 28) Q: You talk a lot in your book about perspective and the power of perception. What advice would you give to someone trying to make that shift in perspective and trying to see a familiar place with new, adventurous eyes?

Like many, many people I came across Beau Miles during COVID-19, through his Trials of Miles video. Like many, many people I fell easily in love with his affable, no-nonsense, slightly unhinged way of looking at things and putting expectations on their head. A lot of people feel like they’ve seen and done everything there is to see and do in their local area. They’re bored of their daily routine, and contemplate going off on some grand adventure in a exotic locale. As I’m allergic to giving direct advice, general advice would be to ask those personal questions of yourself, then pore over maps and satellite images to conjoin the forces of self, places, and adventure. Take a tree house tour, and have a blast playing and exploring with your kids. Treehouse guests have so much fun entering the in real life pretend world! These are the adventures that childhood is made of. Find plans created by a treehouse architecture expert for the best results. 11. Make a climbing wall Beau Miles burst his way onto my YouTube screen in the last few years, and I have been an avid fan of his positivity, creativity, and overall madness ever since!And so students every year would make a paddle out of whatever wood they could get a hold of that they couldn’t buy. They’d have to get it from their granddad’s shed or their grandmother’s cupboard or on the side of the road or wherever. Go and see a hardware and see what pallets are at the front. And so our students did this for years, and I thought, “Well, I could make a film about just making a paddle or I could make a paddle that has a particular story and then I go on paddle with it.” So, I decided to just use junk wood that I could find between the train station and work that I used to commute to, and so I did that. Yeah, I just made it out of old wood that I could find between my 2.2 kilometer walk between the train station and my office and away I went. It was great, I loved it, and it’s actually one of my, I think, the most underrated film on my channel I really like. Developing his storytelling craft is also an ongoing education. Being organic on film while refining the production process and creating films that resonate with people doesn’t just happen. “I have to open my mouth and say the very things I'm feeling or thinking, and I've got to try and be articulate about it - otherwise I'm wasting people's time,” says Beau. “So that's the craft. Sometimes it is harder [than just going out adventures without filming], because I'm having to force the issue or force this internal monologue out. But that doesn't make it a bad experience; it just makes it one where I have to work a bit harder sometimes.” Create an outdoor chalkboard for your kiddos to draw on! Did you know that there is great physical benefit for children to draw on a vertical surface? I love how to turns your fence into an integral part of the outdoor living room. A: I’ve had the luxury of large-scale, non-local adventures as a counterpoint to local and small ones. So, while I’d love to say that local and small can tap into my sense of identity and the world in much the same way as faraway places and experiences, I’m not sure. What is important with all of these experiences is a sense of physicality, a different point of view — even up a tree next to my house — and a sense of depth in terms of how I want to tell the story of the so-called adventure.

If your kids are old enough, consider adding a low-hanging zipline for your kids to swing across! A zipline is a great way for kids to burn up some of that excess energy. Beau's book follows the process of some of his favourite excursions over the years, which he has documented on his YouTube Channel. Reading the behind the scenes and filming processes surrounding some of my favourite projects completed by Beau was a completely new experience of my preconceived perception of some of the creators most famous adventures. We want to inspire our kiddos to get outside and play. All it takes is some materials, some inspiration and some time and they are off and running! Providing these creative opportunities can spur on more ideas and inventions. Who knows what they’ll come up with next!

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Avid runner. Award-winning filmmaker. Self-described oddball. All-around adventurer. Beau Miles is many things, but he’s no stranger to gallivanting around the globe. Recently, however, after years of running, kayaking, hitchhiking, and exploring around the world, Beau has settled down in his native Australia and is now devoting his time to finding adventures closer to home. Sound boring? It’s anything but. Beau Miles: And remove some of the lies that you might have probably put to those things. Don’t take all of the things that will make it easy, just leave them at home. And you know what? You’re gonna have an adventure because of it. Beau Miles: Yeah. So, the walk to work, I had the police both times, the paddle, don’t think I saw them with the paddle, I didn’t, but yeah, I have them, let’s say for every five films I make, I’ll get police intervention on one of five, and they’re really good in a sense, they always take a bit of warming up, the police, because I think what often the problem is, they have to be quite affronting and direct at the start to sort of see how the person reacts, and I’ll always react in a very similar way that I know in my heart of hearts, I’m never doing anyone any harm, right? So, I just talk to them, and then they tend to calm down, and then you just have a chat, and you tell them what they’re doing, and often they’re things that I think they don’t know if it’s illegal or not. So, a lot of people in Australia would think it’s illegal to hitchhike, for example, but it’s just not. You can hitchhike, of course, you can, you can ride a horse next to nearly every road in Australia, unless it says otherwise. Beau Miles: That’s right, yeah, yeah. I chose the shovel because it was very agricultural and I thought, “Oh, well, I kinda look like I’m part of the landscape if I’m lumping a shovel around. If I had anything else with me, then I look like a proper weirdo.” If a conversation is by definition a dialogue between two or more entities, then I live on a small property with hundreds of chatty, introverted things. I must look bonkers to peeping toms, but I'd feel even more bonkers going about my solo days in silence. Skulking about the place as if an apple tree isn't worth having a chat with.

Where he does break away from retelling his videos, talking about his upbringing, his flirtation with a life in an unnamed special military regiment (I'm assuming SASR) and his internet dating exploits which led to his current marriage, I was rapt. He has such a fun, easy-going and yet incredibly deep way of looking at things and explaining them. Take plants beyond planters and pots of plants. What kid doesn’t like building and playing in a fort? This is a super cool – use live shrubbery to create a place to hide and scheme. Make a willow house or a willow pergola. 21. Construct a walkway or bridge out of pallets BM: A good yarn. One bloke’s oddities and habits weaved poetically and candidly into adventure and how this questions their own day to day. I don’t expect, or even condone doing what I’ve done, but I like the idea of a reader pausing within moments of the book and thinking ‘I have an idea …and I’m bloody well going to do it …’ And finally, what’s up next for you? A: It takes a natural curiosity to want to shift from classical, storybook adventuring to doing odd things close to home with few resources and a strange script. More to the point, it takes discipline, because going to exotic, faraway, newish places tends to be easy, subscriptive, and innately attractive, so you have to put in the hard work to make the shift.

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Brian Wattchow - An outdoor educator, author, guide and Beau’s academic supervisor. Beau specifically referenced Songs of the Wounded River, Imagine the look on their faces when you give them permission to make a mess with the mud, or write on the chalkboard fence. Imagine the look on their faces when you tell them you are going to create a tire swing or a zip line!

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