There are so many things to love about summer – the warm sun, the sandy beaches, the late night campfires, and one of everybody’s favourite pastimes -camping. We all know that camping is a great way to relax, unwind, and have a good time, but did you know that it’s also good for you? Here are five reasons that camping holidays are good for the soul:
1) Getting in Touch with Nature
Nature is an essential part of our happiness, and camping allows us to get closer to it. When we are out of the city and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we have the chance to connect with nature – which according to research actually makes people happier and healthier! In fact, research shows that spending just 20 minutes a day in nature makes people feel more alive. In addition, studies suggest that over 70% of people who take part in outdoor activities feel an increased sense of well-being and reduced depression. And if just 20 minutes a day improves happiness, imagine what an entire camping holiday might do!?
2) Stress Reduction
Everyday life can be stressful, especially when it comes to our careers. Camping allows us to get away and forget about real life for a while. Camping allows us to sit back, enjoy a campfire, go fishing, sunbathe, and just calm our entire system. Freedom, peace, and stress reduction all come along with a good night or two of camping.
3) Disconnect from technology
If going on a camping holiday, try to find a campsite or area that doesn’t offer wifi. Unplugging from technology for a weekend holds so many benefits, many that we don’t realize until we actually do it. What benefits does it hold? Firstly, it allows us to reconnect with the people around us. As humans, we are wired to be social creatures. Unfortunately, technology often changes the way we communicate and reduces our real-life social interactions. Disconnecting allows us to get closer to our friends and family, connecting to each other in a natural way without a cell phone in our hands.
Other benefits of disconnecting on camping holidays? According to science, disconnecting can help us to recharge, sleep better, and can even improve our overall quality of life!
4) It helps us to sleep
Speaking of sleeping, let’s talk about that for a minute. According to research, camping can actually help us to sleep better. Why? After a long day filled with activities, sun, and fresh air, our bodies welcome a good night of rest. In return, we sleep well and wake up
feeling refreshed. And we all know how important sleep is. A good night sleep is linked to reduced inflammation, improved memory, and increased creativity. It can also help lower your blood pressure, reduce your chance of diabetes, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve your mood!
5) It’s fun
One of the best things about this type of holiday is that you achieve all of the above benefits, all the while having a blast! There are endless opportunities while camping – fishing, hiking, biking, campfires, outdoor games, swimming, or even just sitting and doing nothing! And the benefits of having fun? Reduced stress, boosted Serotonin levels, boosted energy levels, improved sleep, and the list goes on and on!
If you are looking for something to do on your holidays this year, don’t miss out on the opportunity to go camping. There are dozens of different activities and endless learning opportunities in different campgrounds. Feed your soul and book a camping holiday this summer!