Spending time outdoors is easy for me – I love photographing scenery, going on walks, hiking to vistas, and feeling the sun on my face. However, not everyone enjoys being outside whether it’s because they hate insects, can’t monitor the temperature or because they find it boring. So I’m bringing you today 5 tips to enjoy the outdoors when you don’t enjoy being outside because frankly, we could all use a little more sunshine.
PICK SOMEWHERE SCENIC
Everyone likes a pretty view to look at so if you live in the city and you hate staring at buildings all day, opt for a day trip to the beach or the mountains where you can admire nature. Take your camera with you because you’ll enjoy being outside much more if you can capture that moment.
WINE OR DINE
A picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you’re a foodie. Pack a basket with meats, cheeses and bread and you’ll have all that you need to make an afternoon meal perfect. If a picnic sounds like too much effort, opt for wine and a snack. We like to enjoy wine while sitting on our patio. We’ll enjoy anything from white wine to red wine to a moscato. Georges Duboeuf just recently introduced their Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 bottle, a fresh, fruity and festive wine with a bright red hue coming from the Beaujolais region. Interestingly enough, Beaujolais Nouveau can be thought of as the first taste of a new vintage, the first wine of the harvest and an indicator for the quality of that year’s vintage. Georges Duboeuef also offers a few other wines including Beaujolais-Villages which is a great entry-level wine for consumers who are new to Beaujolais.
DO SOMETHING WITH FRIENDS
Sometimes you need a friend or friends to help you enjoy an experience even more. Have a BBQ and sit outside or meet up at the park for games and food. You can also plan an easy hike with friends – these are all great ways to enjoy the outdoors while not feeling like you want to be doing something else.
BOOK A TOUR
Tours are a great way to get outside to do things you may not normally do. Take a food tour like the one I took in Charleston, it’s not only a great historical lesson but since there’s a lot of walking in between, you get to explore an area with a purpose. If you’re feeling brave, go for an adventure tour – I’ve done both quad tours (below), a volcano hike (above) and snorkel tours. If you’re not feeling that adventurous, go on a horseback riding tour.
While I don’t particularly enjoy being alone, I know some people need their alone time. There’s nothing better than spending that solitude outside among trees, water or nature. It’s a great place to think and reflect and works wonders in relieving stress. I have friends that love hitting trails alone (I prefer social hiking). And remember, dogs are a great form of quiet companionship if you don’t like to be 100% alone 🙂
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