Tired of the office? You’re not alone. Most of us spend a lot of our time facing a computer screen and dreaming of getting away for a bit. But don’t let these great ideas remain dreams. We’re not saying to escape to the wild and live a Tarzan-esque life in the depths of the rainforest; throwing aside the shackles of capitalism and surviving on the sweet berries and fruits of the Earth. But you can use your annual holiday to get a breath of fresh air. Here are a few (realistic) ideas.
The easiest way to get a taste of the outdoors? Camping. You might sigh and roll your eyes at the thought of a camping holiday. Sleeping on the floor, open to attack by all sorts of creepy crawlies. No electricity. The horror of it all. We’re not cavemen any more. But when was the last time you actually took a camping holiday? You might genuinely enjoy it. Once you’ve let go of having 4G phone signal, on point hair and makeup and a memory foam mattress, it’s actually pretty fun.
Places To Go
Choose somewhere picturesque. You could go abroad or stay closer to home. There are pretty sights to be found everywhere. Seaside campsites, woodland greens, you name it. Many campsites now have great shower facilities and little shops and cafes. So you can stay fresh and clean while getting some fresh air into your lungs.
Things To Do
Make time to do things that you wouldn’t usually. Go stargazing at night. Try out hiking. Swim in the sea (but remember to be safe). Cook meals on a camping stove. Climb trees. Give birdwatching a try. Go caving. It’s time to relax and expose yourself to new pleasures and activities.
Things You Will Need:
First and foremost, you will need a tent. Sleeping under the stars might be an alright one off, but you’re not going to want to do it every night. Especially not if it’s cold, raining or windy. There are all sorts of tents, so do your research and work out the best for you. We’d recommend a trail tent that provides comfort and sufficient protection from the elements. Find the right trail tent to suit your needs at: http://allcampingstuff.com/best-ozark-trail-tents/.
Once you’ve sorted your tent out, it’s on to sleeping arrangements. Don’t skimp out when it comes to getting a sleeping bag. This is your bed for the break. It needs to be soft, comfortable and (perhaps most importantly) warm. If you like, you can get an air mattress for extra comfort. If not, we’d still suggest bringing a sleeping bag mat or a yoga mat to keep your sleeping bag off the floor.
The rest is up to you. We’d suggest investing in a lamp or some other form of lighting for your tent. You forget how dark it gets out when you don’t have wired in electricity to hand. Spare tent pegs are a good idea to prevent your tent from blowing away while you’re out and about.