Now and then, it feels good to get outdoors. When you want to stretch your legs and breathe in some fresh air, there’s no better place to do so than nature.

Many activities are good to turn into weekend getaways with friends or family, but to truly turn your brain off and find tranquility, it’s good to embark on some adventures alone.

Here are some of the best solo ways to have fun in the great outdoors and tips for how to genuinely explore by yourself.

Plan a fishing trip

So long as you can find a body of water with fish in it, you can go fishing. Grab your rod and your bait of choice and prepare to dive into the calm serenity of a solo fishing trip. Fishing is a great solitary activity because you set the pace and don’t need to put any extraneous stress on your mind or body.

Go packrafting

There are plenty of practical activities that get you out on the water, such as kayak or rafting, but those often utilize bulkier equipment and work better with multiple people.

Packrafting is when a single person packs a rafting kit for a day of going through the water and taking in the splendors of nature. Taking care of the rivers and wildlife in your area is a significant part of this scenic activity, so remember to take only photographs and leave only footprints.

Take nature hikes

When you’re looking for solo ways to have fun in the great outdoors, you don’t have to limit yourself to aquatic adventures. Going on a relaxing nature hike is an excellent way to clear your mind and keep your body active.

Whether you’re going down a small hiking path at your local park or exploring deeper into the great wilderness, hiking is a great solo activity. Just remember to pack plenty of water and ensure you have a reliable way to contact someone in case of an emergency.

The Life section is supported by Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

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