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Connecting with nature is one of those things that is not necessarily for everyone, and for many people, it is not a priority. You may be looking to take off many items on your bucket list, and if you are someone who is not necessarily “nature friendly,” but is using part of your travel experience as an opportunity to update your blog or stay on social media, are you truly connecting with what the world has to offer? If you are considering connecting with nature, but being out in the wild is not second nature, let’s show you some nature travel ideas to get you started so you’ll spend more time enjoying nature while traveling.

Over my travels, I’ve discovered some tips to discover the beauty of my destination, even if I only take it in small doses at this point.

Nature Travel Ideas

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland; Photo by Robert Lukeman on Unsplash

Keep it Simple and Fun 

You don’t need to head to the other side of the world to experience nature. You can easily go camping somewhere close to home to get a taste of what nature has to offer. And even if you don’t know how to camp or it is beyond your capabilities, there’s plenty of resources out there. Even for people who spend time in busy city centers, there’s always a way to get in touch with nature in little ways. Head to your local park, or travel an hour, and you are usually able to find somewhere with a little bit of greenery. This is an ideal way to get you started if nature is not necessarily your cup of tea. If there are hiking trails nearby, you could take a family member or a friend. 

I’m a fan of visiting places that are easily accessible and don’t require a lot of athleticism. One of my favorite activities is discovering waterfalls like those located in Western North Carolina.

Go Somewhere Scenic 

We see so many places on people’s Instagram feeds, but if we want to have a picture-perfect travel experience, choosing somewhere scenic can give us a more profound relationship with nature. You can go find a cabin tucked away in the woods, or find somewhere with outdoor-friendly accommodation. When we venture out to a place with more scenery, it gives you that 360-degree exposure to nature. And this gives you the opportunity to slow down and enjoy what it has to offer. 

If you’re looking for another way to spend more time in nature, consider a trip in a campervan to explore off-the-grid areas in a new place.

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Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas, USVI

Learning Outdoor Skills 

Nature may not be second nature to you, but if you are someone that likes to keep fit, you may want to learn an outdoor hobby. For example, you could try rock climbing or kayaking. If skiing has always appealed to you, this is a wonderful way to keep yourself fit and healthy, while also experiencing the views of mountains like the Pyrenees or the Alps. Of course, there are plenty of skiing resorts all around the world, and these outdoor skills can open the doors for you to enjoy, not only the destinations but also keep yourself in peak physical fitness.

Activities like white water rafting in Bryson City, North Carolina, or cave exploring in Belize, allow you to get the best out of nature. They challenge your skills and expose you to something completely new and are a great way to explore nature while traveling.

Practicing Mindfulness 

In nature, many people feel relaxed when they are in nature with the sun beaming down on them. This is quite possibly the reason meditation retreats are so popular. Meditating is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness and what better way to do it than in nature? 

Even a visit to a lavender farm or sunflower field will reset your entire mood.

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Enjoying Nature While Traveling Can Take Many Forms

As you can see, nature is something that can hit the reset button in our lives. Spending time in nature is great for your physical and mental health. And while it’s not always something that you may want to do alone, it certainly needs to form part of your bucket list.

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What’s your best tip for enjoying nature while you travel? Comment below!

Happy travels!
Annick, The Common Traveler

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