Going away for a sabbatical, alone or with friends, is a great way to relieve some stress. There is nothing quite like moving out of your usual environment. It gives your brain some fresh air, and a new location can really stimulate inspiration.
Taking a Break
Nature lovers out there can get an extra kick out of spending the weekend under the stars. Being isolated from the worries of city living and serenaded by nature can provide you with unending relaxation.
Canada is home to many natural sights and destinations. From mountain ranges, snow-capped mountains, forests, and national parks, it is up to you to decide. While the Great White North offers a sundry of natural travel destinations, it can be complicated to plan for a trip. First, you have to balance factors such as time and funding. Realistically, you cannot visit all the amazing places Canada has to offer in one weekend. For you to visit many places and appreciate them, you have to plan a trip where you can stay in one destination at a time.
Check your Funds
Funding is also an issue, especially for students and workers. The travel to these Canadian sites (especially if you are from another country) can get expensive very quickly. Plane tickets can take a heavy toll on your budget. You also have to take into account the lodging needs once you are there. Unless you have friends or family in Canada who can provide free lodging, or you are lucky enough to win the lottery, you have to be selective. You can stay in hotels, cheaper motels, and cabins depending on your price range. For students, couch surfing or WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) can provide you with rooms, as well as meals, in exchange for helping out the host.
Are you Qualified
One thing to remember, especially for first time campers, is that it is both a physical and mental activity. Not only would you have to carry around bags all day – into forests or campsites. You also have to survive without the immediate access to grocery stores or warm beds. Going with an experienced camper can help you with this sharp learning curve. Whatever you do, do not go camping alone if you do not have any experience – or at the very least, knowledge on the basics. Having the proper equipment can also mean the difference between a relaxing time in the woods, or a frustrating experience overall.
Know the Rules
Going to a national park or a camping site, you usually have to follow the area’s rules. These rules are there to help you and keep you safe from harm. Make sure you are aware of these rules to avoid encounters any dangers in the area. Having a contact back in the camp can be a great help in case you face some trouble while on the trek. Camping can be fun, but it requires discipline and training. Make sure you know what you are doing, and you are on your way to relaxing under the stars.