For many of us, there are plenty of spots near our homes that we have yet to explore. We might drive the same route or take the same public transportation every day, but all of a sudden, notice something that we’ve never acknowledged before. Or you may pass by a sign every day that piques your interest, that you’ve never stopped at. To help you live more mindfully this Holiday Season, here’s Day 5 of our 12 Days of Disconnection.
Discover A New Park
Discovering a new park is a great way to get acquainted with the natural world around your home. Even if you live in a big city like New York or LA, exploring the parks is a great way to get to know your city better, set aside some time to relax and time to get outside.
While you may not be able to make time to Getaway every weekend, heading out to a park that’s only a few minutes’ drive from your home is a great alternative. Just getting outside in nature is wonderful for your physical and mental health. And finding those spots that can be your respite from your daily stress are so important when you’re trying to live a balanced and mindful life.
Exploring a new park can reawaken your childlike curiosity as you get to experience new trails and new spots for the first time. Heading to a new park with your loved ones offers you a great chance to chat, get some exercise, and share the experience of recharging in nature.
Finding new parks in your area also allows you to experience the spaces that were set aside specifically for people to be in nature. You may discover some hidden gems—with waterfalls, glacial rock formations, caves, or lakes as clear as a pool—that are surprisingly close to your home. And once you discover these spots, you get to explore them and share them with your friends and family.
Want to explore an area only a couple hours from your home? Maybe it’s time to book a Getaway.