When you hear the term “adventure vacation,” what comes to mind? Is it bicycling across Spain? Sea kayaking off the coast of Croatia? Hiking up one of the 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet elevation) in Colorado?
I applaud if you can and do take this kind of
vacation. Most boomer travelers would probably consider that a little
ambitious. But there’s still plenty of adventure to be had without pushing your
body to unrealistic limits.
Driving through beautiful scenery is the start of an adventure.
Whenever you spend time experiencing the beauty and inspiration found in nature that’s a win for any age. You expand your world and get connected on a deeper level when exploring places like our national parks. Rivers, mountains, trees, and wild places become your playground—and you’ll start to feel free enough to express new-found joy.
Here’s how an adventure, including soft adventure, vacation can help you fee younger!
|Autumn color of trees can awake the senses.|
Breathing fresh air: Scents of blooming flowers, falling leaves in autumn, wet earth, hot dust, and cool mountain breezes can bring back memories of climbing trees, romping outdoors, and digging in the dirt—activities you probably did when you were young. After all, the sense of smell is can evoke powerful memories.
|Snorkeling is a great way to play in the water. |
|Hiking can be dirty work!|
Eating outside: That’s the best place for a meal when you are hungry! Cooking a self-caught fish over a campfire or dining from a sack lunch at a roadside park with an amazing view—what could be better? Imagine you’re having a picnic every day.
|Preparing a picnic lunch with mountains for background.|
down: Ditch the alarm
clock. Wake up with the sun shine to catch a beautiful sunrise. End your day
when the sun goes down and stars start twinkling overhead. Eat when you’re hungry,
and explore all the world has to offer during the day. It’s an easy timetable, a
schedule without clocks like when you were a child. Stay in the moment, and
focus on enjoyment.
Find hiking trails with good paths.
Moving more: Being outside and active means your body must move. Muscles get stronger, circulation improves, and mental attitude becomes more positive when you’re busy doing things. Find your happy place, breathe deeply, feel rejuvenated, and keep smiling.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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