If a day out sounds like the reset you crave, these outdoor day trips might just be what you’re looking for!
Do all of your travel plans seem to be on hold? Feeling a bit stressed with the state the world right now?
Me too. It’s just been one of those years.
But even if you can’t fly to your dream destination right now, all is not lost.
There’s another way to support well-being via travel all wrapped up in one small package, it’s called the good ole day trip!
The truth is, that no matter where you live, there are lots of outdoor day trips within reach. They just often get overlooked by adventures to bigger dream destinations.
It’s a sad but true reality that at the moment we can’t fly to international playgrounds like London, Venice, or Paris.
Yet in reality, you don’t have to go far to experience something new.
There are plenty of outdoor day trips calling your name. And even though you may not be straying far from home, you will still get the happiness boost that comes from travel planning!
On top of that, you’ll get a healthy dose of Vitamin D, get to breathe in lots of fresh air, and have some time for yourself.
Bring on the day trips people! Because these often overlooked opportunities to recharge your life also include the uplifting powers of nature.
Day Trips = Wellness Travel
Travel provides an ideal opportunity to tend to health & well-being.
To escape the daily grind, disconnect from modern life, and engage in activities that rejuvenate the mind, body, & spirit.
Wellness travel has something to offer everyone, including the good ole day trip.
There are many reasons why outdoor day trips are good for your well-being.
First, you can easily find outdoor activities that will enhance your mind & body, making day trips mini-wellness adventures.
Lastly, day trips offer plenty of flexibility.
You can plan at the last minute and choose your company. Whether you want to travel solo for some quiet time or recruit friends & family to make it a more socially connected day out.
7 Trips To Get You Outside & Cultivate Your Well-Being
Here are 7 ideas to get you outside and into the fresh air. (Many of which happen to be ideal for social distancing too.)
So no matter where you live in the world, there’s bound to be an idea here that resonates with you.
So, you can choose with intention your perfect day trip!
1. Go On A Photo Excursion
Great things happen when you blend two incredibly popular activities like photography and travel. Certainly, it’s bound to add happiness to your adventures.
In addition, it’s a fabulous way to experience mindful travel.
It affords an opportunity to slow down, appreciate the seasons, and dive into the details around you.
A photo excursion is ideal as a day trip because it can be done absolutely anywhere. Here are a few ideas:
- explore a big city
- visit a historic park
- rediscover your home town
- go someplace you’ve never been
- get in the car & go where the wind blows
Taking your camera and going out to explore is a great way to escape for the day. And because it often involves lots of walking, it’s good for the mind & body.
2. Go Horseback Riding
There’s something about horses, they are special creatures.
If you are looking for a connective experience, a day out with horses is just what the doctor ordered.
Horses are enough to melt your heart and just being near them can catapult you to a state of calm. They help you to relax & unwind.
The natural rhythm of the horse’s walk is relaxing and riding provides a unique perspective of the landscape.
Making it a calm way to escape into the outdoors for the day.
3. Explore With A Nature Walk
A walk in nature brings serenity.
It’s a great way to see the world and one of the best ways to stay in shape.
No matter where you live, there’s bound to be a green or blue space nearby. So find that perfect spot that will bring you joy.
Looking for ideas? Why not try…
- canals & rivers
- botanical gardens
- landscape gardens
- nature reserves
- a country park
- beaches & coastal paths
4. Hit The Trail With A Day Hike
If you are looking for something a bit more vigorous, try a day hike.
If you happen to live by some mountains, you’ll be spoilt for choice and bound to return inspired! The same if you’re fortunate enough to be near the coast.
State and National Parks are a good choice for trails because they typically have updated websites with logistical information.
In addition, the AllTrails app has maps & information on trails all over the world, including tips from hikers who’ve been there before and dog-friendly trails. 🐾
5. Take A Bike Ride
Bicycling is a first-class ticket to freedom.
It affords you the opportunity to roam further than you could on foot and explore off the beaten path where cars often can’t go.
You could leave from your own front door and explore locally. Or even go further afield by driving to a scenic location or a bike trail.
In addition, you can look for a bike rental or kiosk at your destination. Then explore once you arrive.
Combine this with a morning coffee stop or authentic eating experience along the way and it’s the perfect day out!
6. Try Canoeing or Kayaking
There is something tranquil in the rhythm of gliding across the water.
Both of these water activities have an easy entry point for beginners and can be found in many blue spaces.
If you’ve been before, you’ll know the feeling that comes from the paddle slicing along the water.
7. Have A Picnic In The Park
Pack up your favorite foods and head to the park for a day of fresh air, fun, and relaxation.
No matter where you live, there’s going to be a park nearby.
Making this great as a last-minute trip because it takes little planning.
Another advantage of a day out in the park is the fun activities that go along with it. Like frisbee, croquet, bocce ball, & even playing on the swings!
Whether you roll out the blanket for an alfresco feast or find a table with a grill nearby, the good times in the sun are sure to follow.
If you want to take a deeper dive into travel as a way to well-being, don’t miss 10 Questions to Help You Plan a Wellness Vacation. And be sure to plan your next day trip soon, you deserve the the time to relax & restore!
until the next time…
…live well – travel well- be well
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