Humans of the Outdoors: Advice Round-Up

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Welcome to the first ever

Humans of the Outdoors Advice Round-Up!

Whether you’ve just stepped out of your home and into the outdoors for the first time, or whether you’ve been doing it for years, you could probably use a little advice and you probably have some to give. When I “interview” folks for the Humans of the Outdoors series, one of my favourite questions to ask is “What one piece of advice would you share with someone who is wary of or new to the outdoors?” and the answers are so varied and deep that I had to share a post full of just advice! Some of them contradict each other and others just reaffirm why we’re getting outdoors in the first place. Use this list as inspiration, motivation, a tool to help you on your way into the woods or up that mountain. And please, share your advice with the rest of us, too!

Advice from other Humans of the Outdoors…

Expect something to go wrong. Being outdoors is about learning and making mistakes. The worst can happen and the best thing to do is to embrace the experience. ~ Stephanie

Plan ahead and start small. Don’t attempt a 20-mile hike over difficult ground if you’ve never been outdoors. Try your local country or national park and introduce yourself to well-marked trails before advancing to tougher, more isolated stuff. My only other piece of advice would be to seek out those spectacular views. They are the ones you photograph and remember. They are the ones that’ll make you return to the outdoors. ~ David

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Just go. Walk out the door. You won’t regret it. I promise you. ~ Natalie

Once you get outside, you always feel so much better. It’s like your stress levels decrease and you’re instantly happy! Some days it is hard to get out on the trail, but push yourself! ~ Taylor

Start small and keep putting one foot in front of the other, enjoy the process and before you know it you will be there! ~ Lacey

Breathe. Take it all in. The smallness of an ant and the grand site of a towering tree. Just breathe. ~ Whitney

Start small, with adventures near your home. As your skills and confidence increase, venture further! ~ Jenny

Just get outside! You don’t have to have all the fancy gear. Just curiosity and an adventurous spirit. Your enthusiasm can inspire others! ~ Stephenie

Don’t be afraid! If you need to take baby steps, do it. If you feel more comfortable with a buddy, find one. We’re all guilty of making excuses for one thing or another, but don’t let something keep you from enjoying the outdoors! ~ Alicia

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Start small and do what feels right for you and your family. ~ Amanda

Just go! Don’t overthink or over plan. Enjoy the time with your family. ~ Jessica

Be prepared. Do research before you head out on an adventure. Whether it is practicing survival skills, memorizing a trail map, or even knowing how to use your GPS properly. Have the right gear with you and know how to use it! ~ Kari

It’s not the mountains ahead that will wear you down, it’s the pebble in your shoe. Just get out there and enjoy. There’s nothing to be wary of! ~ Jesse

Humans of the Outdoors - Advice Round-Up - mamanonthetrail.comJust do it. ~ Lindsay

Just get out there…enjoy, breathe deep, and open your eyes! ~ Michelle

Start small and keep challenging yourself. So many things that intimidated me before I was used to taking my girls out are now non-issues. It is amazing how it all just becomes easier the more you explore the great outdoors. ~ Annika

You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. ~ Jess

It may not always be easy, but it will always be worth it. ~ Susanne

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Find what motivates you and work to find experiences that give you what you’re looking for. I’m motivated to get outdoors to see the natural beauty. My husband craves the wilderness for the feeling of freedom it gives him. If you’re not into the outdoors, but you think it’s good for your kids then slow down and watch them explore and discover. You don’t have to hike great distances or sleep outside. Find a place in the forest and pay hide and seek. ~ Sarah

Just do it! Sometimes it takes a lot of effort and planning to get out, but once you’re outside, the fresh air and beauty of the wilderness will be life giving. ~ Nyssa

People are often impressed with all the things that we do with our 2 daughters, but like I’ve said being a parent (and especially and adventure parent) isn’t always easy and is often tiring, so you might as well be tired while doing what you love to do. If we wait until they are older, we will be missing out on so many adventures that we can share with our daughters and we will be keeping them from exploring so many new things. Seeing the world through their eyes is amazing and makes our adventures just that much more special. ~ Chantal

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I think we as a civilization have gotten so used to comfort and convenience of modern life, that we have lost much of our instinct for nature. I believe there is so much to be said for allowing our children to be in nature, to be outside. Teach them about their local climate, about weather, and most importantly, teach them how to orient themselves when exploring. I often quiz my son about the direction of home, where west is, point south. I let him lead us back to the truck on dirt bike rides. If they know where they are at in the wilderness, then they will always have confidence to keep exploring. ~ Kari

The mantra that’s resonating with me most right now is nature as a third parent. I’m not sure of it’s origin, but I think it’s useful to convey the profound value that being in nature brings to children. ~ Jason

For further reading, head to the Humans of the Outdoors section of the blog, and consider checking out the Call for Entries where you can share YOUR story!

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8 thoughts on “Humans of the Outdoors: Advice Round-Up

  1. Leigh Kitchens

    I don’t live where there are beautiful mountains, but I can still go to the local hiking trails and city parks for mini adventures. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  2. janie vezina

    love reading your posts so much. very inspiring for my family to get outdoors more often and together

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  3. Frank

    I really like these suggestions. Sometimes we need somebody to tell us to stop over thinking it and just get outside.

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  4. Emily P

    This was great. I am way more outdoorsy than my husband, so I find myself seeing the obstacles more than the opportunities sometimes.

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  5. Amber Ludwig

    I loved this whole idea!! Its so great to learn and read about other outdoor loving families and how they get outdoors!! I bet this post will inspire SO many other families to get out and get exploring! I am sharing on my facebook 🙂

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    1. Monica Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind words, feedback AND support! I really hope this inspires other families to get outside together!

      Reply

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