Ready to head outdoors and take in the fresh air and awe-inspiring views? Here are six ways to get out into nature this summer and have fun doing it.
1. Hiking. Head into the woods for a day of walking through the wilderness. Hiking trails are easily found all across the country, so pick one that matches your skill level and enjoy the excursion.
2. Horseback riding. Riding is a great way to connect with an animal while tramping through the woods with friends.
3. Camping. What better way to get back to nature than with a few days of camping? Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life so you can enjoy sleeping under the stars.
4. Kayaking. This type of paddling is ideal for most outdoor explorers, whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or a relaxing afternoon on the water.
5. Cycling. If you’re looking for a way to combine sightseeing with exercise, use bike paths and trails to explore a region’s must-see treasures.
6. Bird watching. Find a quiet spot on a bird reserve and keep your eyes peeled. This is the perfect way to spot birds and other animals in their natural habitat. If you’re patient, you’ll be rewarded by seeing a variety of wildlife.
Large parks are among the best places to participate in these activities. Consider spending time exploring national and state parks in your area this summer. All of this is our own backyard.
Travel itineraries: take the guesswork out of your summer vacation
If you intend to take a road trip or visit more than one place during your summer vacation, it can be hard to know which route is best. Luckily, the internet is full of travel itineraries created for explorers just like you.
Local tourism associations create travel itineraries in their region to cater to all types of adventure-seekers. Whether your interests lie in history, architecture or gastronomy, you’ll find a route tailor-made to your particular pastimes.
The biggest advantage of following a travel itinerary is that it saves you time. If you’re like many people, you have a limited number of vacation days every year. Knowing which towns to visit and when allows you to make the most of your time off.
Travel itineraries make planning your vacation simple. Once you’ve found a route that appeals to you, you just have to decide how you’ll get from one destination to another and where you’ll stay for the night. If you don’t want to make these decisions either, visit your local travel agent who can make all the arrangements for you.
3 ways to keep your travel memories alive
Vacations don’t last forever and once you return home, the memories slowly start to fade. To remember as much as possible about your trip, use one of these three methods.
1. Take lots of pictures
Tourists with cameras around their necks are a common sight at most travel destinations and with good reason. Taking photographs is one of the best ways to document awe-inspiring vistas, fascinating cities and friendly new faces. To make sure your pictures do the location justice, invest in a good quality point-and-shoot camera instead of using your smartphone.
2. Make a scrapbook
3. Start a travel blog
Blogging is a great way to document and share your vacation. And it’s surprisingly easy to set up your own blog. All you need is an internet connection and a few minutes at the end of each day to upload photos and write about the day’s adventures.
You don’t need to go anywhere to collect your summer memories. Even if you’re staying home, take the time to keep a record that you’ll look back on in the years to come.
A beginner’s guide to golf equipment
Are you hoping to take up golf this summer but don’t know a wood from a wedge? Here’s a rundown of the equipment you’ll need before heading to the golf course.
You can have up to 14 clubs in your golf bag. These are the main ones you’ll use to get the ball down the fairway and into the hole.
• The driver packs the most punch. It’s used to launch balls from the tee box.
• Irons are the most used clubs. They’re put to work for middle-distance and approach shots. It’s easier to control your ball flight with an iron than with a wood. Golfers tend to have five to seven irons in their bag (not including the wedges).
• Hybrids are a cross between irons and woods. They deliver greater control than woods but more distance than irons.
• Wedges have the most loft and are used for shots around the green.
• The putter is used on the green to tap the ball into the hole.
Here’s everything else you’ll need while out on the links.
• A golf bag to put all those clubs in.
• Proper golf attire including a collared shirt and golf slacks or a skirt. Most golf clubs have a dress code you’ll need to follow.
• A golf glove so you can grip clubs more easily.
• Golf shoes so you can keep your balance when swinging.
• Golf balls, tees, divot tools and ball markers — all of which you can fit in your bag.
Before heading out on the course for the first time (or the first time in a while), it’s worth having a lesson with a professional. Golf is a highly enjoyable sport but it takes some time to get the hang of.
Which camping experience is right for you?
Whether you’d rather battle the elements or preserve your comfort, there’s a camping experience that’s right for you. Here are some of the different ways you can get close to nature this summer.
Are you an experienced camper who wants to venture deep into the wilderness? Then backpacking may be right for you. This type of camping involves carrying all your gear on your back and hiking to one or more remote campsites. Sleep at the base of a mountain, at the edge of a stream, on the shore of a lake or anywhere else your feet may take you.
RV camping is more comfortable than tent camping. It’s especially practical if you want to live in the wilderness for an extended period or if you want to visit a number of different parks. There are RVs for every budget, from small folding camping trailers to luxury motorhomes. If buying isn’t an option, it’s also possible to rent RVs.
Cabin camping is perfect if you’re looking for a home away from home nestled in the wilderness. There are many types of cabins that can be rented, all the way from modest shacks to luxurious cottages. Undoubtedly, at a certain point a camper becomes a cottager, but you can decide for yourself where that line falls.
No matter what type of camper you are, remember to always let someone know where you’re going and when they can expect you back. Happy camping!
12 safety tips for your next hiking adventure
Ready to venture through the wilderness? Here are 12 tips for staying safe during your next hike.
1. Choose a trail that’s appropriate for your skill level
2. Never hike alone
3. Let someone know where you’ll be and when you plan to be back
5. Start early and make sure to finish your hike before nightfall
6. Check the weather and trail conditions before heading out
7. Pack the appropriate gear, even for a short hike
8. Know what animals are native to the area and what to do if you encounter them
9. Wear appropriate footwear and bright, visible clothing
10. Snack frequently and drink water before you get thirsty
11. Protect yourself from the sun and insects
12. Be careful near precipices
Above all else, stay on clearly marked trails and use your common sense. If something looks like it could be dangerous, keep your distance
Essential gear for summertime hiking
Anything can happen in the wilderness. That’s why it’s important to be well equipped when hiking, even if you’re only planning on being out on the trails for a few hours. Here’s a list of everything you need for a day hike.
• Backpack (20 to 40 liters is ideal) and a waterproof bag cover
• High quality hiking shoes and socks
• Moisture wicking clothing
• Sun protection including a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
• Head lamp and spare batteries
• Trail map and a compass
• Toilet paper
• Fully charged phone
• Plenty of water
• Food and snacks
• Survival kit that includes a multi-purpose tool, duct tape, rope, a lighter, a whistle, a survival blanket and water purification tablets
• First aid kit that includes adhesive bandages, scissors, splints, bug spray, over the counter pain medications, tweezers and antiseptic ointment
• Trekking poles (not essential, but nice to have in many scenarios)
You may not use everything on this list during your hike, but if you need it, you’ll be happy you thought ahead.