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5 Vacation Ideas for Nature Lovers

Joanna Rentz

Ah, the great outdoors. Whether you full-on backpack in Yosemite or simply dip your toes into a babbling creek, nature is good for the soul. Research even suggests that it not only feels good, but also reduces the risk of various health issues ranging from stress to cardiovascular disease. Spending time in natural, green spaces has also been shown to reduce the risk of type II diabetes,  premature death, and preterm birth, and increase sleep duration. Talk about a real recharge. 

Now, more than ever, people have a need to heed nature’s call and unplug from everyday stress. Perhaps that’s why you should consider immersing yourself in nature when planning your next vacation. Here are five ideas any nature lover will love. 

Nature Vacation Ideas

Go Camping — or Glamping 

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There is nothing quite like keeping warm by the fire and sleeping under the stars. Camping is one of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to enjoy nature. And the best part? Campgrounds are plentiful across the United States, so you do not have to travel far to find one. Next time you have the urge to escape the indoors, pack up your tent and hit the road.

For those looking to experience camping without dealing with the nitty-gritty, check out Under Canvas, America’s favorite destination for luxury camping. With campgrounds across the country, Under Canvas provides an authentic camping experience, but with added glorious perks like private tents, comfortable beds, charming furnishings, and delicious food.

Sail The High Seas

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I once spent 10 days at sea in Thailand, slowly weaving through the tall, jutting islands of the Andaman Sea. It was a new experience, one that I will surely never forget. All nature lovers should consider such a water-centric vacation. Time slows down out there. From dawn until dusk, life is lived in a swimsuit. The only thing on your to-do list is to appreciate the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. And to swim, snorkel, and relax, of course.

The Sailing Collective offers private yacht charters and curated group travel vacations with a full crew and specialized itinerary. However, if you are not ready to dive into a full-fledged sailing vacation just yet, most tropical destinations and water-front hotels include sailing day trips, snorkeling, and scuba packages.

Take A Safari

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A safari puts you up close and personal with mother nature’s most fascinating and wild specimens. With Africa’s marvelous scenery as a backdrop, imagine the warm wind whipping through your hair as you go face to face with these enchanting creatures. Surely this is what I’d call a life changing nature vacation.

Go On A Surfing Retreat

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Like the many benefits of being in nature, surfing has various physical, mental, and emotional advantages. The outdoor sport is an all-body workout that increases strength, improves balance, and builds stamina. Comparable to a runner’s high, surfing releases feel-good endorphins that are known to relieve stress and reduce pain. Sounds pretty good, right?

From novice to pro, surfing vacations are available for all levels. The Winds Resort Beach Club located in North Carolina is a great surf hotel for beginners, while Surf Studio Beach Resort in Cocoa Beach, Florida gives you the most bang for your buck. Of course, we can’t leave out California as a surf destination. Located a block away from the Pacific Ocean, the Surfhouse Boutique Hotel in Encinitas offers surfboards, guides, bicycles, and surf lessons.

Visit A National Park

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National parks are true treasures. Fully consumed by the outdoors, national parks offer many options to engage with and enjoy nature. Hike the beautiful trails, camp under the stars, river raft, discover wildlife, take guided tours, and lots more. Regardless of what you decide to do, unplugging from everyday stresses and reconnecting with nature will inspire, rejuvenate, and wash your spirit clean.

Spending time in nature provides prolific benefits to our mind, body, and soul. Whether on the sea, in the mountains, or face to face with wildlife, reconnecting with the outdoors is a sure way to relieve stress and feel inspired.