No matter the weather, it’s always a good time to go hiking. This has been my approach for as long as I can remember! In the hopes that the world slowly goes back to normal, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready to hike.
I’m going to cover the top 5 reasons to go hiking, based on my personal experience.
1. Overall health and wellbeing
Hiking provides a way to escape from ordinary life and explore the beautiful setting of the outdoors. Not only does it help keep us physically fit (especially during times of extended working from home), but it is also a way to clear your mind and breathe the clean air away from the big and busy cities.
Hiking is a great way to improve your mental health, too. The calming effect it has on the mind is only truly appreciated when you’re out on the trails, and it’s just an amazing activity overall for the mind and body.
2. Discovering new places
The world is filled with so many great hiking destinations. From the rocky isles in Corsica to the mountains of Machu Picchu, every continent has its own amazing adventures to be had. You can have so much fun traveling around the world and seeing beautiful places that you otherwise wouldn’t see during your lifetime.
The memories you keep make it so worth it – I remember my first time trekking at Everest Base Camp in Nepal, I was so amazed at the views that I had to come back another two times within four years! I’ve seen so many places but there are still loads more on my list.
3. Challenging yourself
I love a good challenge, and hiking is a perfect way to get out of your comfort zone and try something thrilling! Getting the right hiking gear is crucial though, and will definitely make your hiking more enjoyable (although it’s still going to be a fun challenge).
It’s important to set goals and try new things, which is why I found hiking so fun and rewarding – because it can really be a challenge (especially if you don’t have the right equipment such as good hiking shoes)!
4. Indulging in nature
You don’t get to experience nature fully until you’ve gone hiking. There’s a famous quote that I love: “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.”
Whilst you might not be able to maintain normal ways of hygiene (like having regular showers), you can make the most of what nature has to offer. I’ve managed to shower in some beautiful waterfalls in the north of the UK – although the weather was pretty bad!
5. Learning new things
Whether it’s visiting a new country and learning the local languages to identifying a rare bird on a tree, there is so much you can learn when hiking. I usually bore my friends when I tell them about so many random yet cool things that I’ve learnt throughout the years when hiking in different places.
Every hike is unique and there is always so much to learn and experience, which is why hiking is fantastic for picking up new skills that you may not have thought you’d ever had otherwise!