When you make plans to get away, you probably book your go-to hotel. It may be a regular place to lay your head, but you’re missing out on a chance to be closer to nature and get better shut-eye.
Restorative benefits are found near natural environments. Nature exposure has been shown to reduce stress and boost overall health and mood, with introspection and a simple walk in the woods. By choosing a place that lets you be closer to nature, you’re going to give yourself the opportunity to truly relax, connect to nature and make a truly relaxing getaway happen.
Tents and Glamping
Get to the heart of nature by pitching a tent right in the middle of all that nurturing green goodness called Mother Nature. Find a campsite that suits you: From simple one person tents to grand tents that make you feel like a rich nomad, feel the most comfortable you have in ages as you breathe fresh air in deeply and wake up to the morning sun.
A little dirt never hurt anybody, and most campsites offer onsite areas to shower and wash up. Go kayaking, hiking or horseback riding. Build a grand campfire and watch the flames spark upward into the night sky. When was the last time you saw so many stars?
If roughing it isn’t your style, go glamping and still enjoy nature in a yurt, lodge or in an efficient tiny tree house! Don’t be afraid to rent an RV and mini road trip it for the weekend.
When you think of hostels, do you picture bunk beds, loud parties and a bunch of college kids? Hostels aren’t made only for backpacking in Europe, despite stereotypes. Hostels are for every age, occupation and come with many modern amenities that a hotel would offer you, including Wi-Fi and breakfast.
There are thousands of hostels all of the world and across the U.S. In San Francisco’s City Center, a boutique hotel was transformed into a cozy hostel, with small dorms and private rooms with private baths. Many hostels are old hotels or beautiful Victorian homes with big rooms, complete with libraries and lovely gardens to stroll.
Log cabins are the perfect nature getaway to literally sleep in Mother Nature’s embrace. Look for rustic and state-of-the-art log cabins in national state parks and even close to the beach! Dirt bike or ATV enthusiasts will love exploring endless trails and hiking a private forest up to 1600 acres at Ashland Scenic Camping Resort in West Virginia. To get truly rustic, without a kitchen or bathroom, stay at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut, which has a two-mile shoreline.
Log cabins can be found in the country and close to major cities, with many things to do. In many states, take your pick of amenities and activities, such as laser tag, heated pools, trails, dog parks, kayaking, fishing, horse back riding and outdoor movie theaters.
Get your own home for less per night and with all the amenities of a real home close to nature with a tiny house. Seeking to conserve natural resources, many tiny homes are sustainably built from reclaimed materials and use intelligent energy to make the most of conservation efforts, such as solar power and rainwater collection.
Up to 1,000 square feet, tiny homes are found all over the U.S. and the world, from New Orleans to Hawaii. The space gives you enough room for the basic necessities and little luxuries, while allowing you to cook your own meals, do laundry and go through your normal routine with less fuss. You’ll find yourself enjoying the little things more and connecting with nature.
When you choose a getaway set in nature, you’ll have unique and memorable experiences to share with friends and family. You’ll sleep more soundly, breath more deeply and feel much more relaxed and inspired. Imagine encountering a beautiful flower or watching hawk circling in the sky ahead. Imagine watching the sunset as you kayak back to your log cabin for a night by the fire with wine and s’mores.
Skip the predictable check in and crash into your hotel bed stay. Revitalize your mind, body and spirit by choosing sleep accommodations that will bring you closer to nature and to your center.
About the author
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. You can reach out to her at;
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