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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”

Anne Frank

Being outdoors in nature is an elixir for our souls.

The love for being outdoors stems from a sense of wonder and awe at the beautiful tapestry of nature. Listening to the quiet flow of a stream, enjoying a gentle breeze, hearing the sounds of crashing wave, or the gentle melody of birds singing are all wonderful reminders of nature‘s precious gifts.

Being outdoors in nature is inspiring. The outdoors also provides a powerful motivator to reach the summit–literally or figuratively.

Walk in nature as you enjoy these stories.


Beautiful pyramid of Chichen Itza. Photo: Thomas Später

A day trip to Mexico’s Chichen Itza

By Thomas Später

Because Chichen Itza is one of the new 7 world wonders according to UNESCO, this place represents the most-visited archaeological site in Mexico.   Read more

Mexico Nature & Outdoors
Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes | A Natural Treasure

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Do you know that feeling of how a smell, sound, or taste takes you back to some of your fondest memories? That’s what happens to me when something reminds me of my summer family vacations in Michigans Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. So, after all these years, whenever I travel … Read more   Read more

United States Landscape Nature & Outdoors
Aerial pictures of a huge waterfall dropping down into Osum Canyon.

Osum Canyon – A Day trip to Albania’s beautiful Gorge

By Thomas Später

During my road trip through the beautiful Balkan country of Albania, one specific destination was “number one” on my itinerary: Osum Canyon. In fact, my entire trip was inspired and initiated only by the desire to take photographs of this breath-taking natural attraction.   Read more

Europe Nature & Outdoors
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Why the Westman Islands Should Top your Iceland Must-See List

By Kirsten Harrington

We had checked off a handful of well-known sights already on our three days in Iceland: soaking in the Blue Lagoon, zipping up close to icebergs in a zodiac and hiking up to Svartifoss, an impressive waterfall tumbling over Jenga-like basalt columns.   Read more

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Birdwatching At a bird santuary, Maleny, Australia. Photo: Cara Siera

Grab a Field Guide: Birdwatching Enhances Your Connection to Place

By Cara Siera

“Once you begin bird-watching, no street, sky, or forest ever looks the same: Birds are everywhere, and their comings and goings tell stories most humans aren’t attuned to.”   Read more

The World Nature & Outdoors
Seven Rila Lakes Bulgaria

The Seven Rila Lakes – A cold and very challenging Bulgarian winter hike

By The Seven Rila Lakes – A cold and very challenging Bulgarian winter hike

In November 2021, my best friend and I decided to visit the beautiful country of Bulgaria. We knew Bulgaria isn’t really a place for winter vacation (unless you like skiing and snowboarding), but wanted to check out a specific destination: The Seven Rila Lakes!   Read more

Europe Adventure Nature & Outdoors
BedFord Peak | Beautiful Santa Ana Mountain range. Photo: Thomas Später

Bedford Peak – A hidden gem with a breathtaking 360° view

By Thomas Später

Bedford Peak can be reached via a 12 km (7 miles) roundtrip hike and is located at an elevation of 1161 meters (3800 feet), offering an outstanding 360° view over the surrounding mountain range as well as the adjacent valleys. On days with good visibility, Lake Matthews can even be … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Nature & Outdoors
Amazing stone formation of Red Rock Canyon. Photo: Thomas Später

Red Rock Canyon – A perfect getaway from Las Vegas

By Thomas Später

Visiting the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, an often-overlooked national conservation area that is located only 15 miles outside Las Vegas and features hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, outstanding geology and camping.   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors
View of Lake Chelan in North Cascade Mountains. Photo: Eliza Amon

No Roads Lead to Stehekin

By Eliza Amon

Tucked in the rugged North Cascade Mountains near the Canadian border, is a town unreachable except by ferry, foot or flight. Remote as Stehekin is, the Washington town is a hub for nature lovers looking to hike, kayak, ride horses or fish in a national park whose glacier-tipped peaks are … Read more   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors Off the Beaten Path
The beauty of Pyramid Lake. Photo: Thomas Später

Exploring Pyramid Lake by Boat – A unique Southern Californian Adventure

By Thomas Später

Are you looking for an adventurous nature-getaway to escape the hectical Los Angeles city life for a few days? Search no more! Located inside the Los Padres National Forest of California, Pyramid Lake offers a great option for those who truly like to enjoy nature.   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors
Bonita Falls | Author overlooking South Fork Lytle Creek tributary valley on the way back from Bonita Falls. Photo: Thomas Später

Hiking to Bonita Falls – A perfect Californian daytrip within the San Bernardino National Forest

By Thomas Später

Hiking to a waterfall is likely not the first thing that comes to the mind when people are visiting Southern California. Overwhelmed by all the well-known and frequently recommended must-dos, it is easy to miss the smaller and less famous opportunities, especially when it comes to spending time in nature.   Read more

United States Adventure Nature & Outdoors
Palatinate Forest in the foreground of a bench overlooking the forest - Germany

Palatinate Forest – A hidden gem in southwest Germany

By Thomas Später

Whenever I read about people planning a trip through Europe, Germany seems to be frequently skipped or, at least, at the end of the queue behind Spain, Italy, or France. And those who do decide to visit Germany, sadly often focus on Berlin and Munich only.   Read more

Europe Landscape Nature & Outdoors
Ancient petroglyphs on Atlatl Rock, Valley of Fire State Park. Photo: Thomas Später

Valley of Fire Slot Canyon – A geological masterpiece

By Thomas Später

“What could it mean?” was crossing my mind as I carefully tried to interpret the engravings covering an entire wall of fiery red sandstone within the Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada, USA). It was 10 AM, and I found myself standing on a metal platform in front of a … Read more   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors History
Aerial view of Niagara Falls with a Maiden of the Mist boat.

Exploring Niagara Falls

By Kathleen Walls

Niagara Falls, one of America’s most scenic wonders, wasn’t always a pristine park open to the public. Comprised of three waterfalls that straddle the U.S.-Canadian border, the falls have a long history; not all of it pretty. Industrial factories once marred their astonishing grandeur and their spectacular views were restricted. … Read more   Read more

North America Family Travel Nature & Outdoors
Peru overlooking Machu Picchu in appreciation of our planet

Best Backpacking Trails with Amazing Sceneries

From narrow canyons to rocky mountains, the Earth is a wonderful place to live on. Travelers enjoy being connected with nature while witnessing unique flora and fauna along the way. Mesmerizing waterfalls and movie-like ice fields add value to any trip inside our beautiful planet. Below, we have a list … Read more   Read more

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