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5 Tips for Better Outdoor Trips

Great trips start with great plans. Review the fundamentals with this checklist, then use our Google Doc template to get started.

There are two types of peoples outdoors: those who’ve honed their outdoor trip planning skills, and those who have days of avoidable disappointments ahead of them. Whether you’ve just started hiking or are fully committed to going on a rugged traverse, planning goes a long, long way towards making sure you’ll have the experience you want outdoors. Learning how to plan the best outdoor trip now will save your frustration later. These are good guidelines to get you started planning trips in North America. Plus, these rules are broad enough that you can customize them for any outdoor trip.

1. Choose your ride or die activity

Free time is hard to come by. Make the most of it by prioritizing activities you enjoy. The more realistic you are with yourself about what activity you want to do the most, the more you can focus on doing one thing successfully. Cut the fluff to avoid overpacking gear and bloating your vacation schedule.

2. Pick a place that matches your skills, timeframe, and budget

This takes research. Does that hiking traverse need a permit? Can you afford a motel option if the weather turns bad? We’ll be releasing some starter destination guides soon to point you in the right direction, but know that traveling outdoors is inherently less streamlined that stepping onboard a cruise ship. If you’re new, start with more popular destinations or places closer to home that your friends recommend so you can have more support as you begin to explore.

Tip: Make sure you’re on the same page as your group about daily mileage goals and must-do activities. Coffee by a lake? Hike to a hot spring? Write it in permanent marker so nobody goes home bitter.

3. Plan for Fun

Just because it has the word “plan” in it doesn’t mean it needs to list out every corner store you’re buying a can of beans from. This is where you make sure to plan for the specific trails or routes that inspired the whole trip in the first place. In addition, a good plan always needs to include the following:

  • Specific info about the activities you want to do on the trip
  • An overview of daily travel, including approximate locations of campsites
  • The maps or location references (waypoints on a GPS) you’ll be using
  • Dates and times of when you’ll be returning and how you’ll communicate when you’re home safe
  • Basic contact info for everyone in the group (if not already known)
  • How to contact emergency services for the are where you’re traveling
  • Extra credit: locations of nearest medical facilities

The plan can be as simple as a Google doc shared with everyone who’s going, or a text message to your emergency contact and/or mom. The process of making a plan will help you anticipate logistical problems and fix them before you’re on your trip. It’s also a best practice so rescue teams have some information to work with in case anything goes terribly wrong.

Outdoor Trip Planning Template Google Doc

Open the link, click “File” then “Make a Copy” and fill in your info. Then share with your emergency contact for the trip.

4. Reserve Whatever You Can

If any part of your trip is non-negotiable and can be booked, do it ASAP. Not only will you have the most non-wildernessy feeling parts of the trip out of the way, but you can also learn more about your destination. It’s a lot easier to get area info from a business you’ve already paid a deposit to. Plus and they can give you a better idea of how busy other parts of your trip might be and how necessary other reservations are. This is particularly important if you’re traveling in less popular seasons and need to check what’s open.

Tip: Set the right tone for the trip by choosing a reservable campsite or motel for your first night. It’s an easy way to avoid Day 1 meltdowns.

5. Evaluate your gear

Based on your itinerary, and your experience in your chosen sport, put together a list of what you need to bring or what needs to be bought or fixed before you go. Leaving town is stressful enough without after-work pickups from the bike shop or night before panicked searching for a lost gaitor. This is a good time to think about your food options on the trip, and making sure to buy shelf-stable things on your next grocery run instead of making a special trip.

Next: Head out!

Extra Credit:

While it’s fresh in your mind and after you’ve showered and rehydrated, think about the main packing and planning lessons from the trip. Was your gear list good? What were the biggest frustrations as a group, and how can you lessen the friction next time? 

Bonus Tip: Pick a place for everyone to share photos online, since everyone’s gonna want to pick and choose which ones to post.

Inspired yet? Share on social and tag someone who could use a step-by-step kick-in-the-pants to plan their next trip.

Photo: Patrick Hendry from Unsplash

Outdoor Guide to Gorham, NH

Gorham, New Hampshire is your next adventure base in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It’s driveable from the East Coast and Quebec, on the Appalachian Trail and the Androscoggin River, and has access to White Mountain National Forest trails as well as the Mahoosuc range. It’s also the gateway to northern New Hampshire, with all the solitude and dirt roads you’d hope for. Its the full package. With no further ado, here’s our outdoor guide to Gorham, New Hampshire.

These hikes and recommendations are also useful if you’re planning a trip to the nearby towns of Bethel, Maine, Berlin, New Hampshire and Jackson, New Hampshire.

Why Visit:

  • Infinite White Mountains Hiking for people who are looking for a central basecamp near nature, not shopping
  • Mountain Bike Trails out of Moose Brook State Park
  • Presidential Valley Rail Trail for mellow days running or biking

Where: Northeastern New Hampshire

  • 2 hours from Portland, ME 145 km / 90 miles (closest airport)
  • 3 hours from Boston 285 km / 177 miles (bus available)
  • 3.5 hours from Montreal, QC 287 km / 178 miles

This makes a great stop between Montreal and the Maine seacoast

Top 3 Activities in Gorham

1. Hike in White Mountain National Forest

Gorham has easy access to the Presidential, Mahoosuc, and Carter mountain ranges and trails to keep you busy for years. The Appalachian Mountain Club operates a visitor center in Pinkham Notch near some of the most popular trails in the White Mountains, and has 8 huts in the mountains where you can get water, snacks, or an overnight stay (although they’re closed for 2020). Go extra local and visit the lesser-known shelters or cabins of the Randolph Mountain Club in the same region. For easier choices, try Glen Ellis Falls or Square Ledge. If you’re a get-up-at-3am kind of person, go for the calf-crushing 20mile Presidential Traverse or any of the alpine hikes along the way.

The Appalachian Trail passes through this area, and gets the most traffic in August and September. Pinkham Notch trailhead is very popular, so get an early start if you’re hoping to visit on a weekend.

2. Sightsee, run or bike on the Presidential Rail Trail

Rail trails are a great way to get outside without climbing hills or route-finding headaches. The Presidential Rail Trail will get you outside in Gorham if you’re looking for a recovery day activity, or want a gravel link to Rt. 3.

Gravel biking fiends will enjoy Gorham’s link in the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail. This route links a route on dirt roads and rail trails through northern NH before linking to the Vermont Adventure Trail.

3. Mountain Bike Coos Trails at Moose Brook State Park

Coos Cycling Club has spent the last few years building and riding trails out of Gorham, and you’re the one who’s going to benefit from their hard work. Try out Power Island (for the name, if nothing else) or any of the rest of their expanding network. Note that there is a day-use fee of $4 at Moose Brook if you’re not staying at the campground.

If you’re looking to link up other mountain bike trail networks in northern New England, check out Bike the Borderlands initiative.

Explore More

If you have more than a weekend, explore these other outdoor options in Gorham:

Camping Options

Private and public camping options exist in both the front and backcountry. Some sites are first-come, first-served (like these AMC backcountry sites) Glamping tents with direct access to Moose Brook State Park trails are available, as well as campsites and shelters at Moose Brook State Park itself. Additional private campground options are listed here.

When to Visit

Most summer services are typically open between Memorial Day long weekend (early May) and mid-October. If you’re visiting in spring or plan to stay overnight in the woods, don’t forget bug nets.

For More Info:

Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Appalachian Mountain Club

State COVID guidance for visitors

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Outdoor Guide to Pittsburg, NH

As far north as you can get without bumping into Canada, Pittsburg New Hampshire has all the best things you’d expect to find at the end of the road. Rolling hills, cold lakes, and long stretches of dirt road will keep you exploring after a lazy morning of coffee by the campsite. Even if you’ve only heard about it from a buddy of a buddy who’s into fly fishing, there are hiking trails, waterfalls, fire towers and many other active outdoor ways to unwind here. Find out what they are in our outdoor guide to Pittsburg, NH.

Good Reasons to Visit:

  • Woods and streams for days with fewer people during peak season
  • Cooler temps to make sure nobody has a summer meltdown
  • Waterfalls and Firetowers to keep you motivated on the hike

This area declared itself independent of the US and Canada after a tax dispute in 1832, which wasn’t resolved until 1853. During that time, it was known as the Republic of Indian Stream.

Where: Northern New Hampshire

  • 2.5 hours from Montreal 474 km / 295 miles
  • 3 hours from Portland, Maine 222 km / 138 miles
  • 3.75 hours from Boston, Massachusetts 350 km / 217 miles

Top 3 Outdoor Activities in Pittsburg, NH

1. Walk Murphy Dam

Ease into your Pittsburg experience with a walk on top of Murphy Dam at sunset. Follow the top of the levee to the dirt road at the end to make a loop of about 5k, or just have a wander up and watch the stars come out over Lake Francis.

2. Hike to the headwaters of the Connecticut River

The Connecticut River forms the boundary between much of the state of Vermont and New Hampshire before it empties in Connecticut. On this hike, you’ll trace it to the very beginning on the border between the US and Canada. Parking is actually at the border crossing, and the trail follows the cut swath of land that designates the border. Once you get to 4th Connecticut Lake, find the small stream where it all begins.

Want more hiking? This trail is the final section of the Cohos Trail, a 170-mile hiking trail that begins in the White Mountains. It also connects across the Canadian border to the Sentier Frontaliers hiking trail network.

3. Paddle or swim in the Connecticut Lakes

Whether you’re into kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, the rocky shorelines of the Connecticut Lakes have options. Mingle with loons (who are ferocious, by the way) and spot both Bald and Golden eagles. The lakes are reservoirs formed by dams along the Connecticut River. First and Second Connecticut Lakes have boat launches with parking and picnic areas. Rentals may be available at your campground or cabin rental but plan to bring your own boats if you have them, since quantities are usually limited.

Pack the binocs, because the Connecticut Lakes are on Audobon’s list of New Hampshire hotspots↗ for birding. Time to check the rare Rusty Blackbird off the list.

Explore More:

Waterproof summer recreation maps are available for sale locally and benefit trail organizations. Try these other trails and activities while you’re in Pittsburg:

Camping

There are a variety of state park campgrounds, private campgrounds, and cabin rentals to choose from. Lake Francis State Park is located on the water, while Deer Mountain State Park is at the north end of town with sites by a river. For an even more adventurous option, try a night in the watchman’s fire tower on top of Magalloway Mountain. Some campgrounds and lodging are located on the Cohos Trail as well, so you can hike right from your site.

When to Visit

Most summer services are open between Memorial Day long weekend (mid/end of May) and mid-October. Temperatures are cooler than much of New England, so it’s nice to visit in summer or early fall since the foliage season comes in late September.

Tip: While Young’s General Store has some produce and groceries in town, make sure to stock up in Colebrook or at home if you want speciality items.

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Outdoor Guide to Colebrook, NH

New England is full of little-known corners only a few hours away from everywhere. Colebrook is one of those places: Close enough to Boston and Montreal for a weekend away, and far enough that you’ll see more moose tracks than fellow hikers on the trail. If you’re looking for cool breezes and fewer crowds during a hot New England summer, check out this outdoor guide to Colebrook, NH.

These hikes and recommendations are also useful if you’re planning a trip to the nearby towns of Lemington, Vermont, West Stewartstown, New Hampshire and Canaan, Vermont.

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Why Visit:

  • Hiking trails to yourself on the Cohos Trail through Dixville Notch
  • Road biking beside the headwaters of the Connecticut River, with singletrack mountain bike options in Quebec at Circuits Frontiers.
  • Central location for exploring border towns in Quebec, as well as other northern New England destinations like Pittsburg and Errol New Hampshire.

Where: Northwestern New Hampshire

  • 2.5 hours from Montreal, QC 212km / 131 miles (closest airport)
  • 2.75 hours from Portland, ME 202km / 126 miles
  • 3.5 hours from Boston 328 km / 204 miles

This makes a great stop between Montreal and the Maine seacoast

Day Hikes Near Colebrook:

Colebrook is further north than the popular White Mountains, which means there are fewer people on the trails and more wilderness to enjoy. That said, less traffic on the trails can make for more adventure, so pay attention to blazes and be preparing for a bit of wayfinding even after reading our outdoor guide to Colebrook, NH.

Chill: Upper Coos Recreational Rail Trail and Riverwalk

This short loop is close to downtown and flat, so makes a nice diversion after you’ve checked out the downtown. From the parking area, begin by following the rail trail across the Mohawk River Bridge, then turn left at the sign. The trail follows the banks of the Mohawk and Connecticut River until it reaches a field. Turn right and follow the fence along the field until you reach the Upper Coos Recreational Rail Trail. From there, take a right on the rail trail to return to the parking area.

Moderate: Hike Table Rock in Dixville Notch

Lake Gloriette, Dixville Notch

Dixville Notch is a rugged little gem of a pass that not many people know about, and this hike will show you its best side. Table Rock is a narrow ledge overlooking both sides of the notch as well as the former site of The Balsams resort and hotel. Parking is at an easy-to-miss dirt pull off on the south side of the road. The trail is steep and can be somewhat muddy and lasts 2.4 km/ 1.5 miles.

Full Day: Mt. Monadnock Fire Tower in Lemington, Vermont

This hike is 5 miles round trip with more elevation gain than the previous two, but a restored fire tower at the top makes for a rewarding trip with a trailhead that’s only minutes from downtown Colebrook, New Hampshire. Crossing the Connecticut River on the 5-minute drive from town means that you’ll be hiking in Vermont. Note that this trail and mountain are not the same place as the other popular Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire.

If you want to explore more of the region on foot, try the 170 mile / 263 km Cohos Trail. It starts in the White Mountains, passes through Dixville Notch, and finishes at the Canadian border, where it connects to the Sentiers Frontaliers hiking trail system in Quebec.

Bike Rides near Colebrook

Ride Vermont Rt. 102 along the Connecticut River

Vermont’s Route 102 winds along the Connecticut River without much change in elevation or traffic. Head north on 102 to Canaan, VT and back for an 18 mile / 28 km ride, or head south to Bloomfield, Vermont for a view of the covered bridge. It’s possible to ride back on New Hampshire Rt. 3 on the east side of the river, but there is usually more truck traffic.

Ride from the Canadian Border in Pittsburg, NH

For a longer trip, start further north in Pittsburg, New Hampshire. From the Canadian border, bike south on Route 3 alongside the reservoirs that control the flow to the Connecticut River and also create habitat for the moose the region is known for. Turn right onto Beecher Falls Road and to stay on the west side of the river, then continue to Colebrook via VT. 102. Route 145 will bring you from Pittsburg to Colebrook as well with lots of hills and less of a shoulder.

Groups road rides run weekly through the Spoke N’ Word Bike Shop in the summer. Try the multisport Metallak Race in September for a gravel grind in the area, or buy a local summer recreation map to get an idea of what gravel roads you can try.

Mountain Bike

Ride Québec’s MTB trails at Circuit Frontières

Technical bits and few intersections make this 50km cross country trail network more than worth the trouble of packing your passport and making sure to unload the unwashed tomatoes from your lunch. Best practice dictates that you should also have health insurance that will cover you in Canada, but know that the Colebrook hospital is 15 minutes away. Pay your fees online here, park at the church, and get ready to enter the flow state.

Camping Options

Umbagog Lake State Park. Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism

Nearby Coleman State Park operates a campground, and other private options are listed on the local tourism website. Umbagog Lake State Park (pictured) is 40 minutes away, and a variety of state and private campgrounds are available 30 minutes away in Pittsburg, NH as well.

When to Visit + Weather

Most summer services are open between Memorial Day long weekend (early May) and mid-October. If you’re visiting in spring, don’t forget bug nets. July is the driest month with an average high temp of 23ºC / 75ºF and low of 13ºC / 56ºF. August and late summer is a great time to visit since it’s less busy than other New Hampshire destinations with lakes and mountains.

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Outdoor Guide to Ucluelet, BC

Windswept beaches, surfing, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and pretty warm weather considering we’re still in Canada. If you’ve heard of Tofino and are intrigued by the idea of surfing on Vancouver Island, this place is for you. Read on for a starter outdoor guide to Ucluelet, BC and prepare to get your feet wet in the Canadian surf scene.

🔊 But first, how to pronounce it: you-CLUE-lit

Try if you like: Tofino, British Columbia

Photo by Lennart Heim on Unsplash

Why Visit:

  • Easily accessible surfing, with rentals and beaches for all levels
  • Coastal temperate rainforest with stunner easy trails from town
  • Close, but not too close, to restaurants and attractions in Tofino

Where: Vancouver Island, BC

  • Get there via BC Ferries from Vancouver to Nanaimo
  • 2 hour 45 minute drive from Nanaimo 474 km/ 295 miles

Oversize vehicles cost more on the ferry, so consider renting bulky equipment

Walk or Run the Wild Pacific Trail

Photo: Troam Travel

This 8km / 5 mile gravel trail follows the coastline over rocky bluffs and through lush forests, but is accessible from a few parking lots just minutes outside of town. There’s not much elevation gain or loss and there are plenty of benches, so make this your trail running day or bring your watercolor kit if you want to take it slow. If you want to make it a loop, there’s a paved cycling trail you can access via the Ancient Cedars loop that brings you back to downtown Ucluelet and the other parking lots along the trail.

Want a multi-day trek? The Juan de Fuca Trail travels along the coastline and is 47 km / 29 miles. For something longer and more popular, try the West Coast Trail but be prepared to reserve your hike far in advance.

Surf the Pacific Rim

Photo courtesy of Discover BC and Cristina Gareau

Before visiting beaches in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, make sure you have a Parks Canada pass hung from your rearview mirror. You can buy them at the visitor center just before you turn left off of Route 4. Plus, the visitor center will help clue you in to current conditions in the park. We’ve listed a couple of businesses that offer lessons and rentals below, but there may be additional options from your campground. Waves in the summer are generally better for beginners, but the shoulder seasons are a great time to have more space on the beaches. And although it’s much warmer than other parts of Canada, you’ll still need to wear a wetsuit.

Glamp on the Beach

There’s a wide range of choices, from a night on the beach in a glamping tent to remote first come, first served backcountry sites. Check the Ucluelet Tourism page for the full list of options and reservation links.

When to Visit + Weather

Most summer services are open between Victoria Day long weekend (mid/end of May) and Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend (mid-October). July is the driest month with an average temp of 14ºC / 58ºF. September has an average temp of around 13ºC / 56ºF, and can be more rainy than midsummer. But if you’re there to surf, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it in the rain. 😉

Get Equipped:

Relic Surf Shop offering rentals and lessons in 3 locations
Long Beach Surf Shop offering rentals and lessons from 2 locations
Ukee Bikes offering mountain bike rentals

COVID-19 Info for Ucluelet

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Outdoor Guide to Valemount, BC

You’ve heard of Jasper, Alberta and you’ve heard of Banff. Maybe Valemount is not on your radar and that’s why we’re gonna talk about it. Turquoise lakes and rivers? Well marked trails? Follow along, because we’re about to give you all the links and inspiration you need in this outdoor guide to Valemount, BC.

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Why visit?

  • Rocky Mountain hikes for all levels
  • Downhill mountain biking scene

The Canadian Rockies are no stranger to hosting visitors who love the outdoors. Valemount sets itself apart by being slightly off the Banff – Jasper circuit while still having fantastic hiking and outdoor sports options. If you want to get big mountain views and stupidly beautiful camp spots, you can find them here.

Where is it?

  • 1.5 hours from Jasper, Alberta 123 km / 76 miles via Rt. 16
  • 3 hours from Prince George, BC 292 km / 181 miles via Rt. 16
  • 5 hours from Edmonton, Alberta 487 km/ 302 miles via Rt. 16

The closest airport is in Prince George, and bus transit available from Prince George from BC Bus. Trains stop in Valemount on routes from Edmonton via Jasper.

Out of Town: Hike or Run to Berg Lake

Hiking near Valemount

Mt. Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies but it isn’t in a national park. The Berg Lake trail travels along the bottom of a valley, through the Valley of a Thousand Falls (lives up to its name) and ends at Berg Lake, complete with views of Mt. Robson and a glacier. All local hiking trails are listed at this site maintained by the local tourism board. Bring the trail info with you on your phone with the AllTrails app. For more inspiration and specific campground recommendation, these photos and hiking guide from In a Faraway Land are helpful as well as the responses to the comments. Check with BC Sites and Trails for COVID closure info.

There’s an annual race in September along the Berg Lake Trail with distances from 5k to ultra. If you like your scenery with a hefty dose of endurance, sign up for the Mt. Robson Marathon

In town: Walk Cranberry Marsh Loop

Here’s a mellow 6km / 3.7 mile gravel path with boardwalk sections around a marsh in the Starrat Wildlife Management Area. Park in the designated lot at the Best Western just south of town. This trail is stroller and bike-friendly with a max 20º slope. Into birds? Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Sara, and Northern Harrier are at large.

In town: Ride the Bike Park

Photo Courtesy of Tourism Valemount

For yet another great bike destination in BC, check out the bike park. Here’s a link to Trail Descriptions from Ride Valemount and you’re also gonna want to visit Valemount Bike Park on Trailforks. Not yet convinced? This trail POV will help. Or how about this article in Bike Magazine.

Check local trail authority VARDA for COVID-19 closures RideValemount.com/news

Cycle the Yellowhead Highway East

While there is truck traffic, cycling the Yellowhead Highway (Rt. 16) east from Valemount to Mt. Robson is 😝 good. There are some pull-offs to get closer to the Fraser River so make sure to stop and soak them in. Head all the way to Jasper, then down the Icefields Parkway, for the full Canadian Rockies epic. There’s a small store and the Cafe Mt. Robson near the welcome center to Mt. Robson Provincial Park with good vegan options.

Bike to Camp at Kinney Lake

Kinney Lake in Robson Provincial Park if you can. Bikes are allowed up the dirt trail and mountain bikes are recommended. Reservations through BC Provincial Parks website or try more camping options closer to town.

Local Gear Shops + Info:

Bikes N’ Bites Bike Shop, including rentals. Check hours off-season.

Valemount Visitor’s Centre Hours vary by season, free wifi.

When to Visit + Weather

Most summer services, including BC parks and trails, are open between Victoria Day long weekend (mid/end of May) and Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend (mid-October). July is the warmest month with an average temp of 16ºC / 60ºF. September and May have an average temp of around 10ºC / 50ºF.

Local Tip: Many local rivers are protected salmon spawning grounds, which is great to watch but may also limit your access to some rivers during the fall.

That’s our outdoor guide to Valemount, BC. Did we miss a spot?

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3 Good Reasons To Plan Outdoor Trips Now

Sure, it’s the time of COVD19 and you’re indoors all day. You barely remember what rain feels like and opening the window is close to intoxicating. It should go without saying that you’re not leaving for extended trips now. But if you’ve ever planned a logistically complicated trip, you know much of the work happens before you leave the house. In case you’re feeling lost in a COVID funk of panic and could use some more outdoors in your life, here are three reasons to start plan outdoor trips now.

1. It’s a scary time and you need something to look forward to

There’s no use ignoring this. Are people and the communities you love at risk? Is the timetable unclear when you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors in the ways you’re used to? Yes. But if you’ve done all the other actionable realistic tasks you can to help your community, then you have time to keep yourself occupied with something less dark. Combating boredom and frustration by finding a way to pursue your outdoor interests can help. If you need more justification for staying entertained and engaged, read studies on how to reduce the psychological impact of quarantine.

2. Big trips take a long time to plan, and you have time

If you’ve ever considered going on a huge adventure, you’ve probably been intimidated. The physical training, the financial preparation, and the logistics of putting the rest of your life on hold probably stopped you. But now, you have some time to fill in details of the lofty, ambitious trips you dreamed of. Plus, it may provide the animating force you need to brush up on some hard skills for the outdoors, or figure out where your fitness levels need to be in order to make the trip happen. What kind of bike will you need? What destinations make your shortlist? When things settle down, you’ll have a few plans ready in case circumstances align. You may even have the insight to make one of those dream trips a priority.

3. After quarantine, your new self-insight will help you through more challenging trips

COVID19 is shaking up assumptions about what life looks like, both indoors and outdoors. While it’s scary to feel threatened in our own homes rather than by the sound of an animal in the food bag at night, learning how to deal with stress in both places is important. Awareness of our emotional and physical states will help to weather this storm indoors, and help us become stronger decision-makers once we’re back in the wild.

Next Step: Actually start to plan outdoor trips now with our list of 5 Tips for Better Trips Outside

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