Let’s face it. Travel may never look the same after the Coronavirus outbreak. And although the guidelines are starting to ease up, many people are still uncomfortable with the idea of traveling too far from home. BUT, there is good news, you don’t have to stay cooped up in your house forever! Exploring the outdoors and hiking with your kids can help ease stress and reduce anxiety during these uncertain times.
As most state and national parks have reopened their gates, I’m seeing more families trading their luxury suites and passports for pop-up tents and hiking boots. Us included! In fact, we recently signed up for the 52 Hike Challenge, a free program where you commit to one hike per week for a whole year. And even though hiking looks a lot different than it did a few months ago, hiking with our kids’ has given us the opportunity to connect with nature, challenge ourselves, and satisfy our thirst for travel.
And while exercise and spending outdoors is important, it’s vital we all adhere to the local rules and regulations, because if we don’t then local trails and parks may be forced to close again.
Ready to hit the trails? Below I’m sharing my top tips on how to approach hiking with kids post-isolation, where to go, what to expect, and how to properly plan for a stress-free, low-risk adventure.