Are you a nature lover looking for something to do this summer that involves getting outside and back to basics? Getting outside in the summer is a great way to enjoy the season, soaking up the rays of the sun amid the company of friends and family. Whether you’re looking get away on holiday somewhere exotic or you’re planning on staying home and just relaxing this summer, check out these top ways you can get back to nature this year.
Walking and Hiking
Walking and hiking are fantastic ways to get out into nature and get exercise. Whether you’re a novice hiker or you’re experienced doesn’t matter because when you try a singles walking holiday you will be challenged and have a great time, whatever your level of experience. Walking holidays are fun ways to meet new friends and explore areas you haven’t been before, including areas you wouldn’t be able to explore if you were only driving instead of hiking and walking. Think hidden waterfalls, small country pubs, friendly farmers waving from fields and more. You can experience way more of your surroundings as you amble through them, versus zipping past in a vehicle. The UK is awash with amazing places for walking holidays – whether you want to tackle the coastal paths of Cornwall or you’re into the rolling hills of Yorkshire, there’s something for every skill and desire in and around the UK.
Studies have shown that sleeping outside for only a few days resets the melatonin in your body and helps your whole body clock reset. Camping is one of the best ways to get this benefit, and what better way to wake up each day than with birds singing and the sun gently coming through your tent. Camping activities can include telling ghost stories, building fires, hiking through woods, canoeing on lakes, swimming and generally enjoying the great outdoors. If you don’t think you can rough it in a generic tent, why not try glamping – the glamorous side of camping where you stay in a yurt or teepee with electricity and oftentimes proper beds, fridges and dining areas.
Beaches can be wonderful spots where you can spread out a blanket, bring a picnic and just while away the hours on the sand reading books, building castles and enjoying the scenery. Swimming is a common theme that comes with beaches, as is beachcombing and rockpooling – two activities that get people of all ages engaging with the beach to see what they can find and what animals they might be able to encounter while exploring outcrops of rock at low tide along with stretches of sand where shells and the like have been deposited. You never know what interesting shells you may find on beaches of all kinds.
Mountaineering is an excellent sport that can be both challenging and fun but also hugely rewarding. Climbing mountains requires a bit of skill and knowledge depending on the difficulty level, but it’s well worth the effort to climb to the summit of some of the world’s most beautiful mountains. Popular mountain ranges include the Rocky Mountains of North America, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis. For more challenging climbs, try Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Fuji in Japan or the Swiss Alps.
With so many cool ways to get out into nature, it’s no wonder more and more people are getting out and enjoying life. How will you choose to live your life? What’s your favourite nature based activity? We’d love to hear from you!