There are few people in the world who find their daily lifestyle exciting. From the time you are born until you retire, your life is dictated by routines. During the school years, these routines can feel oppressive and your first years in a job can feel liberating. However, you soon realize that even the working world is restricted by routine.
Often, companies restrict or discourage workers from taking vacation days, and this can lead to workers feeling demotivated. If you are looking for a break from your monotonous routine, here are some of the best getaways for you:
Wild camping is a great way to get away from the crowds. Rather than setting up camp in the usual campsites or caravan parks, seek out your own camping spot away from the people. Some great locations for wild camping include Scotland, Wales, and Norway. While wild camping isn’t legal everywhere, these locations generally allow legal wild camping.
Furthermore, wild camping can help you learn about yourself by pushing and testing your boundaries. It is important to check your surroundings before setting up camp and also employ safety measures to reduce encounters with wild animals.
If camping off the beaten trail seems too dangerous, take a trip to the Aysen Glacier Trail in Chile. This trail is only hiked by about thirty people every year, so the chances of you running into another hiker are slim. To get to the trailhead, you need to take a five-hour four-wheel-drive and a boat ride.
The beautiful walking trail boasts valleys, old-growth forests and an array of ice caps. There are places to set up camp each night, as well as guided hikes if you are afraid to go alone.
Climb a mountain
For those who are interested in volcanoes, you can always look into climbing Africa’s highest mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is made up of three dormant volcanic cones. This mountain is also considered the highest mountain in the world, standing at 19,341 ft above sea level. Besides, this mountain is 16,001 ft tall from base to plateau.
The hike can take about five to nine days, and hikers can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views at the summit. If you are not well-prepared or unfit, you may struggle to make it all the way. However, you shouldn’t feel bad, as less than half of all climbers ever reach the summit.
Make friends with bears
If you aim to make friends with bears while experiencing some beautiful landscapes, Kamchatka Peninsula is the ideal place for you. Here you will find the world’s highest density of brown bears living amongst three hundred volcanoes.
For the more adventurous hiker, you can be taken on a fifteen-day hiking expedition through Kamchatka Peninsula to the summit of some of the wilder mountains. You are required to carry your own gear through a 112-mile hike. Only twenty-nine of the three hundred volcanoes are still active and they are monitored for activity.
Seek spiritual enlightenment
Mount Koya in Japan has been home to the seat of Shingon Buddhism for more than 1200 years. The mountain is covered in pilgrim trails and temples. Hikers are offered the opportunity to live like a pilgrim in some of the temples along the way. This includes sleeping on a tatami mat and joining the monks in morning prayers before continuing along the trail.
If you are seeking spiritual enlightenment in your break away from monotony, this could be the perfect breakaway for you. While there are guided hikes, many of the hikes are considered self-tours, meaning you dictate your own schedule.