This time last year I was hiking through the beautiful wilderness of Patagonia, and it was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had. It’s an incredible place to visit and a great adventure to take on, but even if you’re not up for a challenge of that magnitude, there are still benefits to taking a vacation in the wilderness. My blogger friend Kacey from the Drifter Collective is here to tell you why you should take a vacation in the wilderness. Read on for her advice, and get your hiking boots ready because you’re going to want to hit the trail after this!
Venturing into the wilderness for a 20 minute hike can be daunting, let alone for a week-long vacation. However, taking a vacation that forces you to spend most of your time outdoors and out of your element has serious benefits that you just won’t get lounging by the pool. If you can muster up enough adventurous spirit and get the family on board, a vacation in the great outdoors might just change your life. Once you stop to look around when you’re surrounded by trees and wildlife, everything gets put into perspective and life seems slower and easier. Not to mention the incredible health benefits of an outdoor vacay. Convinced yet? Here are some of the top reasons why you should head outside and take a vacation in the wilderness.
Reasons to Take a Vacation in the Wilderness
1 | Set a Good Example for the Kids
Young kids and teenagers may be voting for the beachside resort vacation complete with free Wi-Fi and unlimited breakfast, but taking your kids on a vacation in the wilderness is probably the best thing for them. Vacations outdoors teach kids early about the value and beauty of our planet, sparking in them an interest and investment in the future of the environment. It also teaches them that there’s more to life than sitting on the couch playing video games. In this generation, kids aren’t getting outside as often as they used to be simply because of the increasing technology in the world. Taking them on a vacation where they are forced to disconnect with their phones and reconnect with nature can be a truly eye-opening experience for them and one that they will enjoy more than they think.
2 | Benefit Your Health
There are so many health benefits from even just a short walk outside. Imagine the benefits that a whole vacation outdoors will bring you! A vacation full of physical activity will definitely help you be more fit, improving your cardiovascular system and building strength. In addition, having a vacation that is filled with activity will actually improve your sleep during vacation and once you’re back, too. No more post-vacation sluggishness. Being outdoors also increases the body’s production of vitamin D and actually reduces the risk of heart disease and other ailments.
3 | Avoid Burnout
People who work nonstop with no vacations are going to experience burnout sooner or later. Eventually, all work and no play catches up to people and causes fatigue, depression, illness, and mood changes. Avoid burnout, go on a vacation! Technically, any vacation can help stop burnout as long as you are committing to stepping away from all work related duties. But why not ditch the beach with tons of screaming kids and opt for a vacation that lets you get away from everything such as looking at staying in a log cabin while watching the sunset?
4 | Expand Your Horizons, Expand Your Brain
Your brain can literally grow if you participate in an outdoor activity such as walking or hiking. Once you hit your 50s, your hippocampus starts shrinking, which is what leads to memory loss. However, a study showed that a group of middle-aged adults who took three 45-minute walks each week actually grew their hippocampus by 2%. This will not only stop the shrinking, but reverse it, causing your brain to grow every time you step outside.
5 | Go Outside the Box
There’s a good chance that a vacation in the great outdoors is not exactly in your comfort zone. But that’s okay! Leaving your comfort zone is what helps us grow and become more confident individuals. All you need is a little bit of courage to leave the pre-planned vacations behind and go on a more adventurous vacation that will give you a really good story to talk about once you get back.
6 | The Environment Will Thank You
Unfortunately, the environment is falling victim to human beings more and more each day. Our use of nonrenewable energy, cutting down forests and contributing to climate change are just a few of the ways that we are hurting the environment around us. By going on a vacation outdoors you will become a fan of the environment around you and you’ll see value in taking measures in your own life to conserve the environment. Little steps can go a long way when it comes to saving the environment.
7 | You’ll Feel Happier
Heading outside and taking in the wonder that is our world allows you to reflect, appreciate the simplicity of life and reset your sights on what is really important. It’s too easy in today’s hustle and bustle to get lost in the world of emails, to-do lists and conference calls. Stepping outside and leaving your phone behind is the perfect way to disconnect from the world so that you can focus on the actual important things in life.
8 | Opportunity to Strengthen Bonds
There’s no better way to bond with family or friends than by hitting the trails or going camping. When everyone is out of their element and you’re all just figuring it out together, you have a chance to bond with each other and learn more about each other.
When planning your next vacation, head to the great outdoors and take a vacation in the wilderness. It could be more than you have ever dreamed!
Guest Blogger: Kacey Mya Bradley
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing, and inspiring posts.