5 Amazing Ways To Connect With Nature While RVing
You’ve probably heard it before — that RV travel is too luxurious and because it doesn’t involve a tent and isn’t “roughing it,” that it doesn’t count as camping or really connecting to the outdoors. Those who love RV travel know better, though. Just because you aren’t sleeping (uncomfortably) under the stars doesn’t mean that you aren’t enjoying the outdoors.
Still, like anything else, there is a tendency to get stuck in a rut. Your RV has all the comforts of home — a kitchen with an oven and a microwave for cooking any type of meal you wish. You have a couch and a dinette set, and pretty much everything you need right there. For this reason, you might find that you are spending more time inside your RV than you should be. Perhaps you are eating more of your meals inside and by the time the sun is setting, you are already hunkered down in your comfy bed, watching Netflix and eating popcorn.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying the comfort your RV provides, you may be missing out on the nature that is just outside your door. Here are some tips for connecting with nature while you’re on the road in your RV:
1. Cook and Eat Outside
Many RV’s feature kitchens that are straight out of a home and garden magazine! You may enjoy preparing tasty meals in your RV, but you might be missing out on the joys of cooking outdoors. If it’s been awhile since you grilled food over an open fire or enjoyed some S’mores, now might be the time to gather with friends and family with a good meal around a roaring campfire.
Even if you don’t cook your meal outside, you can still bring your meal to the picnic table and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while you eat.
2. Watch The Sunset, Sunrise, And Stars
When is the last time you got up early and watched the sun come up? Have you watched the sun set recently? These activities give you an opportunity to get connected with the beauty of the outdoors. Stargazing is another way to retain your awe of the beauty of our world. Parked away from city lights, you can grab a mug of hot cocoa and ponder the mysteries of the universe.
3. Go Boondocking
Take your rig off-grid, and camp in a national park or other location without hook ups. Go further and deeper, and then spend plenty of time enjoying mother nature. Hike the trails and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
4. Limit Use Of Devices
Technology is a beautiful thing, but it often gets in the way of connecting with nature. Of all five tips, this one is probably the most effective. Put away the phones, tablets, laptops and game consoles. Just because the park has wi-fi doesn’t mean you need to use it! Go offline and get outside.
5. Make Hiking A Daily Activity
No matter where you are, you can make hiking a part of your life. Get a map to local trails, or download the AllTrails app that tells you about trails in your area. Choose easy hikes or more difficult ones. Grab your pack, observe basic safety rules and get up close and personal with the land around you. You’ll sleep like a baby later on and create some great memories. And, it’s great exercise.