Connecting with Nature as You Travel

Nature is all around us and it includes a number of key features of our planet, landscapes, animals, planets, and more. According to studies, spending time in natural environments and connecting with nature can bring amazing benefits to both our mental and physical wellbeing. So, if you are planning to travel, then it is highly recommended that you consider some ways to connect with nature on your trip. The good news is, no matter where you go, you will find several opportunities to do that.


Do Something Simple and Fun
Even if you are not a big fan of the outdoors, it is recommended that you set a little time aside on your trip to enjoy nature. This could be something as simple as going to the beach, watching the local flora and fauna, or enjoying sunrise/sunset at a beautiful location. Activities like these are a fun way to detox, experience outdoors, and get closer to nature. If you are not sure where to begin, simply give some of these activities a try and you are bound to find a new outdoor hobby to help you enjoy nature on your next trip.


Choose to Stay Somewhere Scenic
When planning your trip, be sure to consider choosing a destination that allows you to connect with nature. Look for scenic, outdoor-friendly accommodations that let you have a profound relationship with nature. Fortunately, this won’t be a very difficult task to achieve as there are so many ways to find such accommodations nowadays. From a small beach house overlooking the ocean to a cabin rental tucked away in the woods, you will surely find a place that serves this purpose.


Try to Learn a New Outdoor Skill
Mastering a new outdoor skill is a great way to keep yourself motivated to step out of your comfort zone and connect with nature. There are a number of fun outdoor activities and skills that you can learn, e.g. surfing, sailing, rock climbing, guided kayaking, etc. No matter what you choose, the important thing is that you try something new and deepen your connection with nature. Learning new outdoor skills will also open the doors to new ways to enjoying the various destinations that you will visit, hence enriching your overall enjoyment of your trips.


Use Nature to Reset and Recharge
During your travels, allow yourself moments to breathe pure air, admire nature, and let yourself be in awe as you surround yourself with the spectacular natural views. The simple fact of stopping and enjoying the nature is refreshing. Practicing mindfulness in nature is very rewarding as not only do you reset and recharge but you also get to enjoy the many benefits of connecting with nature.

Traveling is a deeply personal experience that allows you to fully control your experiences. So, while the above-listed methods are some of the recommended ways to connect with nature as you travel, feel free to adapt your plans the way you see fit and engage in your own activities if you prefer them.

Photos by: Andrei Tanase, Steven Wilcox, Eneida Nieves, Hu Chen, Holly Mandarich

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