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These days feel like we’re living in a strange in-between: the COVID-19 global pandemic is still not over, but rising numbers in vaccinations feel like we’re almost at the finish line. For many, the only sense of normalcy has been to explore the outdoors – an activity that many picked up during the lockdowns.

For those who are still feeling overwhelmed and want to discover the outdoors, here are a few ways that you can start that journey. Pandemic or not, the outdoors will provide richness to your life! Time to go outside!  

Look for the nature-based tourist attractions

A lot of places in the United States have beautiful scenic outings popular for tourists. Since they’re marketed for tourists, activities are usually inclusive of people from all athletic levels from beginners to experts. From walking paths to scuba diving, getting outside is the goal!

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Do things outside that you can do inside

Seems simple, right? Read a book, bring your laptop outside for work, and more – just try changing your setting from your cama to your patio! Some of us learned that just sitting outside to get some much-needed sun can do wonders for your mental and physical health. 

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Schedule a scavenger hunt in your city

Scavenger hunts are normally saved for Easter, but why not do some year-round? From online resources like CityHunt that can be used for team building and educational purposes to geocaching, scavenger hunts have come a long way – with everyone at play.

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Become a plant parent

Plant collecting gained a lot of popularity this past year, but your plant collection shouldn’t be limited to indoor plants! Starting your own garden is a great way to learn a new skill and beautify your yard while doing it. Growing your own fruits and veggies? Not only more cost-effective, but it’ll save you a trip to the grocery store as well.

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Work on your exterior decoration skills

One of the best parts of hanging out outside is having an awesome space to do it in. Whether you’re in an apartment and only have access to a balcony or live in a house with access to a yard, having a space that you love to hang out in makes it that much easier to enjoy the great outdoors. Practice your home decor skills and curate a space that’s all yours – soon enough you’ll be begging guests to join you outside.

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