Nature and a sense of adventure often come hand in hand. If you’re someone who loves to explore the great outdoors, it’s no shock that you might enjoy some nature traveling. From the National Parks in the United States to the Seven Wonders of the World, the great news is that there are endless things to see for a nature lover willing to take a risk and set out on an adventure. If you’re hoping to travel and get closer to nature, read on for some things to consider.
Packing to stay in quaint, rustic cabins in NC is not the same as packing for a kayaking retreat just outside of Bryson City. Not only is a South Carolina campground very different from a luxury Airbnb at Blue Ridge Parkway, but the weather could be very different as well. Before leaving for your trip, think about the amenities you’ll have at your final destination. Especially if you plan to do outdoor activities, you’ll want to be sure you have clothing for all types of weather. Rain on a trail in the North Carolina mountains will put a damper on the best place for scenic views if you aren’t dressed right.
When packing for the weather, be sure to consider shoes. If you’ll be horseback riding in Asheville, you’ll want a pair of waterproof cowboy or cowgirl boots. For a hike at Great Smoky Mountain National Park, be sure to bring those hiking boots, a poncho, and layers of clothing as the climate changes toward the summit. The better planning ahead you do when it comes to weather, the more comfortable you’ll be no matter what your adventure.
Even if you have your heart set on a romantic getaway near the Grand Canyon, it’s a good idea to leave for your trip with an open mind. Fires, natural disasters, and a variety of other factors could mean you spend your travels exploring the dunes, on the Colorado River, or even a short drive from home. One way to plan for changes that may come along the way is a Google search for “travel destinations for outdoorsy people” or “city destinations for art lovers.” In having a few optimal destinations, you’ll wind up happier wherever your trip leads you, no matter what the time of year.
Many nature lovers love going off the grid and exploring the roads less traveled. Bring your sense of adventure and don’t be afraid to hike miles of trails on your outdoor adventure. Instead of lingering in public areas, why not wander past the forest line into your own getaway in a place like the foothills of the Pisgah National Forest? You never know what great memories you can make and challenges you can find.
Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over. Unfortunately, this is impacting people’s travel plans and putting a damper on wanderlust. However, if you do your research, you’ll be able to increase your odds of traveling safely. Do your research on destinations, rules, and COVID-19 restrictions ahead of time. Not only will this help you to stay safer, but it will also be a good way to keep others safe and keep yourself from being disappointed, too.
At the end of the day, whether you leave for your nature travels heading to South Carolina or the best beach in the U.S., bringing a flexible itinerary, stopping for adventures along the way, and soaking in Mother Nature’s glory as you go will all add up to a trip you’ll remember forever. Happy exploring to you. Don’t forget to travel while leaving no trace so that others can enjoy that perfect Grand Canyon or mountainside camping site, too.