Many countries have issued at least some restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis. Travel and tourism has come to a standstill in many parts of the world. Even if countries will open their borders, many people will probably not rush to travel to cities and crowded tourism destinations.
We think it’s the perfect time to explore the outdoors and start hiking locally. Most of the photos for this post were taken during our first hike this Spring.
Hiking is pretty safe. If you keep off crowded trails, it’s not very difficult to keep a distance from other people.
If you haven’t been sleeping in a tent or under a tarp it’s a great time to start to avoid wilderness huts. Sleeping in the outdoors is actually not very difficult and gives you amazing autonomy – just please follow local rules if you are in a national park area.
People are sometimes worried about hiking and hygiene. No need to worry. Check out the blog post here that explains how to stay comfortable during a hike.
Hiking is also a lot less expensive than regular travelling. It’s a perfect option for times when a lot of people are facing financial difficulties, jobs are at risk and incomes are declining.
Good hiking gear is not cheap but it lasts a really long time.
Avoiding full planes, crowded airports and hotels where a lot of people pass through is a good idea during a pandemic. Even if the number of cases is going down and it seems like our governments are getting a grip on the virus.
You can hike alone or with your partner and yes – you can bring kids or your dog to the hike. Just make sure to check out the rules regarding the dog and be considerate and responsible.
We’ve written a lot about how to get started hiking. Start with this blog post to get started and have fun out there.