When most people head away on vacation, they will tend to book a package holiday through a specialist lettings agency. This, of course, can be great. You can land great offers and spend a relaxing week or two lounging around a pool and making use of your chosen hotel’s facilities. However, it can also feel like a waste at times. Part of the joy of visiting a new place is to immerse yourself in its nature. You should aim to see new landscapes and experience things you wouldn’t be able to at home. Here are just a few different ways that you can actively connect with nature during your trips.
Add More Physical Activities to Your Itinerary
Physical activities on vacation tend to come hand in hand with exploring new landscapes and terrains. There are plenty of options that you should take into consideration and prepare for when booking your trip and packing your case. You could try out rock climbing, heading into rainforests or visiting mountains to scale their sides and reach new heights that can give you sprawling views of the local area. For this, you should take along the best pants for climbing and ensure you book with a specialist company or guide who will be able to provide you with relevant safety equipment. You could go snorkelling and explore reefs and shallows. For this you should pack a suitable swimming costume, a snorkel, and flippers. Alternatively, you could opt for a more immersive experience book through a specialist company who could provide you with equipment for diving.
Avoid Experiences Incorporating Captive Animals
Animals are a ruling force in nature and one of the most fun parts of being away entails coming into contact with animals that are not native to your homeland. However, it’s extremely important that you do not engage in any experiences that incorporate captive animals. Many tourism companies and agencies have recognised people’s desire to engage with animals that they may have never seen before in real life and take up close and personal pictures with these creatures for their social media feeds. This has resulted in increasing numbers of animal experiences being advertised. Sea World is a major example, as well as swim with dolphin experiences. Then there are zoos, safaris parks, tiger temples, and horse rides, camel rides or elephant rides. These facilities restrict animals from living their natural lives in the wild, which is a form of cruelty in and of itself. Many are also unregulated, so mistreat the animals or drug the animals into docility, so that they placidly pose for pictures or can be played with by tourists. Wild animals belong in the wild. So do not encourage cruelty by paying for these experiences. There are hundreds of thousands of activities where you can encounter animals in their natural environment without impinging on their lives and wellbeing. Research and try these out instead!
These are just two ways that you can connect with nature in a positive manner during your travels. Just remember to be mindful of local environments and wildlife no matter where you head!