Get Back to Nature With These Awesome Holiday Destinations

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A growing body of research shows that exposure to nature is linked with many physical and psychological benefits. These include lower stress levels, a more optimistic frame of mind, and just feeling happier!

Many psychiatrists believe spending time in nature reduces the risk of falling prey to mental health issues in general. That great lover of nature, early conservationist and prodigious walker, poet William Wordsworth, still says it best:

One impulse from a vernal wood

May teach you more of man

Of moral evil and of good

Than all the sages can.”

Here are some great places where you can experience nature to the fullest!

Lahti, Finland

Finland’s Lakeland, its Päijänne National Park and other nature reserves offer nature lovers riches beyond compare!

Shaped by ancient glaciers, the forest-covered Salpausselkä ridges, winding eskers, and literally hundreds of lakes offer great opportunities for recreation and skiing. If you’re a keen hiker, you will be in your element with many great hiking trails to choose from.

Even music lovers are catered for. Lahti, 62 miles from Helsinki, is home to the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and hosts the famous Lahti Sibelius Festival.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Located right next to the Kruger National Park, with no fences in between, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is the ultimate in wildlife holiday destinations.

The density of its animal population is legendary, and it is particularly well-known for its leopard and lion sightings. In fact, the Birmingham pride that roams the Sabi Sand contains two of the three ultra-rare wild-born leucistic white lions of the Greater Kruger.

So whether you wish to revel in a stay in a luxury Sabi Sand safari lodge, enjoy some of the best photographic opportunities in the world, or just want to return home rejuvenated by the magic of the African bush, the Sabi Sands is the place for you!

Dominica, Caribbean

Dominica nestles between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Eastern Caribbean archipelago.

It is often referred to as the Caribbean’s ‘hidden gem’ because of its spectacular mountain scenery, lush forests, the warmth of its people and its wonderfully relaxing vibe. And it has so much to offer!

Relax in a rainforest or health-giving sulphur spa, scuba dive to your heart’s content, or rappel down a waterfall! Stay in an eco-cottage, relax in an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, or just be gobsmacked by the exotic flowers in the Papillote tropical gardens.

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating Creole culture and enjoy its fantastic fresh and wholesome food.

Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Situated just north of Anchorage, Denali is the largest park in the USA.

It offers the ultimate in spectacular mountain scenery and unique flora and fauna. It is named after 20,341-foot-tall Mount McKinley which is called Denali (meaning ‘the high one’) in the Athabaskan language of Alaska’s Native American tribes.

You can best view the Park by taking a helicopter or a fixed-wing aircraft tour. In the warmer months, hiking, biking, camping and fishing are on the menu.

During the freezing winter you can ski or snowshoe or even go dogsledding! Some of the amazing wildlife the Park offers include wolves, grizzly bears, moose and the soaring and magnificent bald eagles. (Who are not really bald at all, of course!)

Micronesia, Western Pacific Ocean

Clusters of more than 600 islands and islets comprise the Federated States of Micronesia. These islands are scattered across a vast area of the North Pacific Ocean and cover no fewer than five time zones.

Micronesia is a sliver of paradise for nature lovers, ranging from volcanic peaks and limestone plateaus, to dazzling coral reefs.

And it has activities to match! You can bathe beneath beautiful waterfalls, dive on a shipwreck, or snorkel in the pristine waters.

Take a challenging hike to the top of Mount Sokehs, during which you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the scenery, flora and birdlife. You can even get a closer look at some really slippery customers in the eel sanctuary of Pwudoi!

History buffs will find plenty to engage them, and sun worshippers will revel in all the beautiful, utterly pristine beaches. 

And finally – what about a boat safari in Sri Lanka?

Now for something totally different – a relaxing boat safari through the bird-colonized mangrove forests of the Madu River in Sri Lanka.

In fact, if you are a bird lover, this is an absolute must! Not that you will only see birds, of course.

The Mandu River is known for its biodiversity. A wide range of molluscs, 70 different species of fish, 31 species of reptiles, and no fewer than 50 different types of butterflies inhabit this vibrant ecosystem.

And what about the birds, you say? A whopping 111 bird species have been identified here – enough to gladden the most avid twitcher’s heart. 

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