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3 Ways to Adventure Safely During Quarantine

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I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been feeling even more stir crazy and anxious than usual. Especially since I can’t travel.

Traveling has always been one of my outlets that helps me manage stress and maintain my mental health. It gives me the opportunity to be in a new environment and take my mind off the everyday things that bring me stress.

If you're finding it harder than usual to manage anxiety and your mental health due to restrictions from this pandemic, you're not alone.

But it’s more important than ever to find alternate ways for us to get that adventurous experience and have a mental outlet. That’s why I’ve created this list of local and at-home activities to help you get your travel fix and manage your mental health.

1. Get your daily dose of the outdoors

It’s known that spending time outdoors has a positive impact on both health and mental wellness. Scientific studies have found that green exercise (activities done in a natural environment) not only lowers blood pressure but also reduces cortisol levels, your body’s main stress hormone.

Not only will this change in scenery be refreshing, but it’s much easier to manage social distancing requirements. Below are some ideas to get you out of the house safely:

Before heading out, make sure your local park or hiking trail is open. Please abide by social distancing rules and make any reservations that may be required to visit.

2. Take advantage of virtual tours

That itch to travel may feel stronger than ever. Luckily, technology makes it even easier for us to explore new cultures and adventure the world from the comforts of our home. Here’s how:

  • Take a virtual museum tour - enjoy the journey through art and time at famous museums around the world, including the Louvre and the Vatican. The best part? No crowds or an entrance fee! 
  • Take a virtual national park tour - from famous deserts to the volcanic coast, get lost in mother nature’s beauty from your own couch. 

3. Immerse yourself in new cultures at home

Just because we can’t travel doesn’t mean we are completely deprived of the opportunity to learn new cultures. Why not bring those experiences home? You can:

  • Cook cuisines from your favorite country
  • Start learning the language for a country you want to visit - there are many ways to start learning, whether it’s using a free app (like Duolingo or Babbel), watching shows in that language, or finding a conversational partner for daily video chats.
  • Binge watch the Amazing Race
  • Read travel blogs

4. Watch outdoor and adventure films to get your adrenaline going

Live nature cams and outdoor films can really make it forget that you’re at home. You’ll feel like you’re right there, up in all the action. This is an opportunity to get a mental break of reality and just escape to a new world. 

  • Live nature cams - from brown bears in Alaska’s Katmai National Park to the animals at the watering holes in Kenya, Explore gives you a front row seat to all of the action.
  • Watch adventure films - Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is offering free adventure films from past film festivals so you can adventure from home.

Conclusion

The ongoing pandemic has been a stressful period of time for many, including me. Especially since many of my mental outlets, like traveling and going to the gym, are no longer available. It’s easy to feel anxiety and loneliness. And if you are experiencing this, know that you’re not alone.

However, we can adapt to our new normal and find other ways to scratch that travel itch and manage our mental health. 

We can begin integrating outdoor activities into our normal day routine (like daily walks, doing yoga in the park or hiking the local trails) and take advantage of virtual opportunities. Why not virtually tour the Louvre on Monday, hop over to Hawaii’s Volcano National Park Tuesday or try cooking authentic paella in your own kitchen.

I hope this guide helps you find refreshing adventures that takes your mind off some of the uncertainty we are experiencing.  

What are some ways you're getting your adventure fix during quarantine?

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Molly Chhiv
What's up! This Cambodian kid is an outdoor addict, adventure blogger, & your personal HYPE GIRL. Through the outdoors, I've learned self-confidence, independence, & mental strength. My mission through The Adventure Diet is to share the power of the outdoors with you. I want to empower you with tips, tools and inspiration to get outside with confidence and find yourself.

So if you're ready, let's get out there and do this sh*t!

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