Summer holiday season will soon be upon us and that begs the question – where are you going for this year’s vacation? While most people will look for warmer climates, a beach to lounge around on for a couple of weeks or a break to one of the world’s greatest cities, why not try something different? Why not try the great outdoors?
Taking a camping vacation or spending a weekend in the countryside has many benefits. There is all the good it does for your health both physically and mentally, the new experiences you can try and all the thrills that come with living and surviving how early man would’ve done.
Here are four reasons to take your next vacation in the great outdoors.
Nature is good for our health
Improved general health, plenty of exercise and a lot of relaxation are three of the benefits that you can expect from spending time in nature. Nature can have such an effect on our wellbeing that studies suggest that a patient who can see trees from their hospital room window can recover up to a day faster. If we’re out enjoying nature then we’ll be getting lots of exercise, hiking from A to B, climbing hills and mountains or swimming in lakes. It also helps us disconnect from modern life – if you’re out in the wilderness, chances are your smartphone isn’t going to be vibrating every five minutes with a work email designed to onset more stress. Nature can help us relax.
Nature takes us to places that we’ve never been
New York, London, Paris, Rome – when you go to the biggest tourist destinations in the world, you’re following in the footsteps of everybody else. At that dinner party, you and your friends all have the same stories about seeing the Empire State Building, Buckingham Palace, the Eifel Tower and the Colosseum. Not so if you take a vacation in nature. You’ll be making your adventures and discovering your own sights off the beaten track. It can be as unique an experience as you want it to be.
Nature can give us a thrill we can’t get in a city
The rocky trails of the Grand Canyon are safe but that doesn’t mean that you won’t get an adrenaline buzz from trekking down sloping paths and through relentless desert. Nature can present us with the sorts of thrills that you simply can’t get from a city vacation. Take hunting for example. The thrill of the chase as you track and eventually capture the food that you need to sustain you with a rifle and Scopes for 30 06 in your hand is unbeatable.
Nature is disappearing – enjoy it while you can!
Due to natural developments and human behavior, nature is disappearing. Deforestation, climate change, pollution, development and population squeeze are eating more and more into the natural world. Over 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down, the ice in the Glacier National Park is disappearing and many species of animals are on the verge of extinction. While there are many admirable conservation programs out there and responsible eco-tourism is helping, we should all still be making the most of nature while we can – starting this summer!