The Great Wall of China Adventure – Why It Should Be On Your Bucket List

woodywoods
July 8, 2016

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The trip to the Great Wall of China many years ago was one adventure I would recommend to anyone. It is a popular attraction for a lot of good reasons. To walk a small segment of that massive and long structure that is even visible from space is an experience that should be on travelers’ bucket list. The trip was unplanned, but it led to some interesting discoveries and realizations.

“Now” is the best time to go

Hearing stories from friends and reading about other people’s adventures to the Great Wall in recent years made me realize that “now” is always the best time to go. It seems to me that there have been a lot of changes since I went there. The Great Wall is still magnificent as it was before thanks to efforts to continually preserve it. But the increasing number of tourists makes it even more crowded. Some irresponsible tourists have even caused trouble by trying to steal some of the bricks to take home as souvenirs. The smog in Beijing was also not much of a problem when I visited there. I think that the Great Wall is like many other iconic landmarks and attractions in the world threatened by decay, irresponsible tourists, and other problems. For this reason, it is best to see them as soon as possible rather than waiting for years to make that trip.

It is awe-inspiring in its majesty

I have seen pictures of the Great Wall since I was little. I thought I knew what to expect. But the experience was far from what I imagined it to be. I joined a group tour to a section of the Wall near Beijing. It was less than two hours drive from the city. For a weekday visit, the place was still fairly crowded. I could only imagine how packed it would be on weekends. I remember looking up from where I was standing at the parking lot and saw what appeared to be a steep ascent. The guide said it was easy and I just had to take his word for it.

It is a spectacular feat of engineering

Climbing the steps that would bring us to the top of that section of the Wall was slow progress. The stone steps were uneven. You have to be cautious with your every step otherwise. As you ascend higher, you begin to feel the effects of the altitude. It was a breathtaking trek up in more ways than one. The view can steal your breath away. You will wonder how the people who built the wall did it. You may even think about the millions of people in the past centuries that have walked through the same path as you. These experiences will make you feel grateful that you took the time to visit it.

Make Your Summer Filled with Outdoor Adventures with These Tips

woodywoods
June 2, 2016

The summer months are made for spending time outside enjoying the clear sky, soaking up some sun, and generally having fun. It would be a shame to spend most if it indoors. While it may be cooler inside the comforts of air-conditioned rooms, there is nothing like the wind in your face and the wide open spaces around you to awaken your sense of adventure. Making your summer months more exciting and unforgettable is a worthy goal. And here are some tips on how to add more outdoor adventures into your plans.

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Organize a picnic with family and friends

Set a date for a picnic at a park near you. Invite family and friends for a get-together. Prepare some exciting games that everyone can play. A few hours spent in a park surrounded by beautiful scenery gives you a chance to reconnect with some of the important people in your life that you may not have been spending a lot of time with.

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Work on your hiking list

Start working on whatever list of trails or hiking adventures you want to do. Plan at least one long hike or a few day hikes before summer ends. Explore some of the trails you have long wanted to cross off your list. Or if you can, travel to another city or country for some sightseeing and a trek.

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Take up an outdoor sport

When was the last time you learned a new sport? Experience the fun of learning sports like cycling, football, rugby, and more. Or you can give water sports a try. Find a rowing club near you and sign up for their rowing programs. Learn the basics of kayak the next time you go to the beach or the lake. Playing an outdoor sport makes spending your time outside even more fun.

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Spend summer somewhere off the grid

Go on a summer vacation somewhere off the grid. Rent a cabin in the woods, near a lake, or overlooking a beach. Use the time to go on a digital detox. Limit your use of gadgets and online communication. Instead, make the most of your vacation by doing things that you rarely have time for on ordinary days. Read books, go fishing, swim in the lake or sea, hike, camp out and sleep under the stars, and more. These are things that bring you closer to nature and will leave you with unforgettable memories once summer is over.

Top Outdoor Experiences That Can Boost Your Mood

woodywoods
May 5, 2016

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Not many people can go exploring the great outdoors every day. But that does not mean they cannot enjoy the perks that nature provides. If you are among those who did not much have time for any outdoor activity or adventure lately, you might want to carve out a little bit of your time for it. The experiences you get in the midst of nature can boost your mood and leave you with lingering effects that can improve your wellbeing.

Bring some of your activities outdoors

Do you run on the treadmill in the gym or at home? If yes, you may want to switch to regular runs outside. Pick a route or trail with lots of trees or that leads to a park. Outdoor running not only gives you the same exercise you get from challenging yourself on the treadmill. It provides the added bonus of running along scenic paths or trails. If you are lucky, you may even discover some of the best running areas in your neighborhood.

Let nature’s sounds soothe your senses

If you are looking for a quick mood booster, you do not have to rack your brains trying to come up with fast fixes. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery and preferably one that lets you listen to soothing sounds. Find a public green space or a city park near you. Take a break just strolling or sitting in the area for some time. If you take time to listen, you can hear the sound of leaves rustling with the breeze along with some chirping of birds and insects fleeting around.

Take a walk to reenergize

Instead of getting another cup of coffee or whatever caffeine laden drinks you prefer, you can step outside and go for a short walk to reenergize. A walk outside can awaken your senses, which can be quite useful if you start feeling lethargic. Walk along the street, around the block, or somewhere farther if you still have time. Notice the scenery around you. It could be the familiar buildings in your neighborhood or workplace. You might be surprised to find new things that you did not see before.

Get work done outside

Are you in need of inspiration? Get your work done outside. Sometimes a change of perspective and being outdoors can get your creative juices flowing. Find a quiet café with outside seating and a good view. Sit outdoors while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. Write down ideas and thoughts that come to you while there. You may find a lot of good ones can come up while you are just sitting there letting your mind flow freely.