Nature’s Gifts: Why You Need an Outdoor Adventure

Not enough people turn to nature when they need a vacation. But going on an outdoor adventure really can be the precise thing you need when you’ve had enough of your everyday reality. Doing things like hiking or camping can be great for both your mental and physical health, and it can also create an amazing experience if you bring some friends along. Here are just a few of the benefits that nature can bring to you!

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It’s therapeutic

I’m no Luddite. I’m fine with urban landscapes and the expansion of computer systems. But too much of the constant pressures or work and exposure to social media certainly seems to do a number on our stress levels. This is why “retreating” to a greener location is often so therapeutic: it’s a healthy break away from all of that. The increased physical activity also helps with stress. (that’s why exercise is so often prescribed when people need to treat depression). In a time where more and more children are deprived of big green spaces due to urban expanse, it can be really beneficial for your mental state to go on a nature excursion. Read more at NaturalNews.

A hiker perches above the clouds in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska
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It tests your limits

Things like hiking and camping can really take it out of you at a physical level – and that’s a good thing. The obvious benefit, of course, is that it helps you keep up good physical health. But that push of your limits can also have a great impact on your confidence. People often go to nature for a sense of adventure – and when you’re pushing your limits, you definitely increase the sensation that you’re on an adventure. If you’re going out into nature for a physical test, you want to make sure you’re properly prepared. Resources such as YourSurvivalBlog can help a lot in this regard.

It takes your breath away

Yeah, you’re probably thinking about the breathlessness that accompanies pushing your physical limits. But that’s not what I’m talking about: I’m talking about the utter awe that traveling in nature can instill in you. You’ll see natural formations you haven’t seen before. You’ll see wildlife that doesn’t go anywhere near the city. And your views of the skies will be unrivaled. The ability to be surprised and recognize beauty is a very powerful thing, and helps increase your levels of happiness in the long term. YourAmazingPlaces has a great list of beautiful sights in nature.

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It makes you feel alive

Outdoor adventures increase feelings of vitality. They energize you in a way that few other experiences can. And I say this as a city person. I love New York City as much as the next person, but wondering around urban landscapes, heavy with commercialization, thick with busy strangers, can often make you feel sluggish and bored. Stepping away from cement and flashing flights and cigarette smoke and litter, and into greener locations, can really boost your sense of being a living, breathing being. Sounds strange, but it’s true! People go as far to say that nature is fuel for the soul – and when you go on a true outdoors adventure, you’ll probably agree. Check out Travel&Escapes for locations that are perfect for those who want to taste the great outdoors.

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