If you ever find yourself going from your house to your work and back again and the amount of outdoors and nature you see daily is only in passing, you might be stuck in an urban jungle. Now some people would not mind at all, the mere thought of not having the modern comforts at a throwing distance would make them break out in sweat. Other people would look at their urban jungle as somewhat as a prison. If you are part of the latter group, it’s time to put on your outdoorsy boots and get going. Here are the top five pursuits for intrepid adventurers.
The first on the list is obviously hiking. All you really need is a good pair of hiking boots, a daypack with some water and food and a general plan of where you are going. You can choose to just go hike in the local woodlands area, or you can plan a bigger adventure out on rolling plains. Hiking can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be.
The next big outdoorsy adventure for most is fishing. There is something truly mesmerizing about being at a lake, with just your thoughts and a fishing rod to keep you company. In a busy world with our always-on always-reachable devices in our pockets, this is a great way to unwind and slow down. Ditch your phone in your fishing backpack and go find your center again.
While you go hiking and fishing down, you might as well go camping. A tent, a spot for a campfire and some marshmallows are all you need. Nothing beats waking up in your tent, emerging to a smoldering campfire, starting the fire up again and boil some water on it for your hot cup of coffee. All while you feel one with nature. Doubly so when nature indeed calls, and you have to figure out what to do.
If camping is just a step up for you, consider climbing. Obviously, you will need some proper training before you even attempt to climb, it’s not something you can just jump into. Also, you will need some gear to be able to climb whatever your target is. With some patience, training, equipment and a decent amount of rational thinking, climbing might be your thing. Just don’t jump into freestyle climbing straight away. Not all of us can pretend to be Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.
And if climbing isn’t hardcore enough for you, try spelunking. Again, not for the fainthearted or ill-prepared, but spelunking will genuinely open a whole new world. Many miles away from your regular office cubicle. Still, as with climbing, you will need patience, training, and gear. Consider going on courses and guided tours for a while. Even if you think you are ready to do it without an instructor or guide, make sure you have people with you. And if you ever decide to go solo, let people know what you are doing and where you will be.