Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature
According to research published by The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Ireland in May 2021, 73% of people were making 2021 travel plans, with ‘Staycation’ holidays coming in at 44%, that’s 2 in 5 people. Over in the UK, research shows there was a 300% increase in UK holiday bookings in 2021.
For many who don’t normally stay in their home country during the holiday season, staycations may have been this year’s trend. But ‘staycation’ holidays have been around long before the COVID-19 pandemic and they’re not bound to just disappear as the world opens up to travel again.
If you have been after a real adventure, you might have found yourself longing for long-haul flights and exotic countries. You might even have considered immigrating and starting up a new business abroad, just to see new sights and feel something different.
Nonetheless, and even if you are planning to break away when the timing is right to live out your entrepreneurial dreams in pastures new – in the meantime, your home countries are full of undiscovered gems, which are often just a short drive away from your home.
Here are some tips to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy an adventurous staycation before the winter sets in, and before you fly or sail away to pastures or businesses new!
Further Reading: Travel the Island of Ireland
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #1 – Hiking
Spending time outdoors has never been as important as it is today. Because of the various lockdowns and social distancing measures, we have all spent much more time indoors than we had planned for. Now, it is time to get back what you have missed out on and reap the benefits of spending some time in nature. A weekend spent hiking is the perfect way to start reconnecting with your surroundings and discover nearby places of natural beauty.
Further Reading: The Hellfire Club, Montpelier Hill – Dublin
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #2 – Camping
Camping has never been more popular than it is this year. However, you don’t need to invest in a fancy converted van, campervan, or tent to enjoy a weekend in nature. In fact, with the right permissions, you can enjoy a wild camping experience. Oppositely, if you are looking for more no-commitment luxury, consider a glamping experience.
Further Reading: 7 Super Staycation in Ireland Ideas for 2021
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #3 – Fishing
Spending a weekend fishing, camping, and enjoying time around a campfire can help you feel re-connected with nature and with your friends. If you have gotten a little rusty after all this time indoors, make sure to check out carp fishing videos before heading out!
Further Reading: Freelance Article written by The Life of Stuff: The Best Rivers and Lakes for Fishing in Ireland
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #4 – Orienteering
Orienteering is a great sport that combines physical activity and a love for treasure hunts. Joining orienteering classes, experiences, or tournaments allow you to find out more about your location’s surroundings and enjoy time in nature. While sometimes understated, orienteering is a complete sport that can be enjoyed alone, with a team, or with your family – and it has many mental and physical benefits!
Further Reading: Why You Need To Spend More Time Outdoors
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #5 – Kayaking or Paddle Boarding
If you wish to enjoy the beauty of a river, seaside, or lake, sports like canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are for you. Of course, in Ireland and the UK, there are top class surfing locations. However, kayaking and paddleboarding allow for a more relaxing experience that everyone can enjoy, even with little training or practice. Just pick your location and combine your favourite activity with a camping experience!
Further Reading: Living in the UK? 4 Fabulous Places for a UK Staycation
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #6 – Bouldering and Rock Climbing
If you have always been impressed with the beauty of mountains, you should invest in a bouldering experience or rock climbing taster day out. These are a great way to learn a new activity, discover a beautiful natural location, and fight your fears! And, of course, they make for a great workout.
Ideas for an Adventurous Weekend in Nature #7 – Foraging
Foraging experiences are ideal for those who want to have a deeply immersive experience while finding relaxation and peace. With a foraging course, you can learn about different herbs, plants, and fruits, and even find out about making your own drinks and foods. Make sure to go with an expert until you know more about local species!
Photos by S Migaj – CCO Licence