Nature.house stays can help make your travels more meaningful
There’s no doubt in my mind that connecting with the natural world and coexisting with nature when I travel gives my trips a greater sense of purpose and makes them far more meaningful than a tour of a popular tourist destination.
For me, travel is an escape, but it’s also a way to reconnect with the part of myself that gets a little lost within the humdrum of day-to-day life. I find I can do this more successfully in off-beat settings that are far removed from my normal environment, like a nature house.
Why you should consider a Nature.house escape for your next travel adventure
A booking platform for sustainable holiday rentals situated in natural surroundings, Nature.house connects travellers with eco-friendly accommodations in locations all over Europe.
Properties range in size, with everything from cottages and apartments to more unique stays such as treehouses, yurts, and bell tents. Some of their properties are situated close to mountains, within a few metres of a beach, or within UNESCO sites of historic or natural interest.
Nature.house stays support rewilding projects in Europe
While the properties listed on their platform offer a sustainable travel escape, Nature.house as a brand is on a mission to bring people closer to nature and give back to the natural world. For every booking, they donate €1 to local nature projects.
Working closely with their partners Rewilding Europe, Buitenfonds, Staatsbosbeheer, and Vogelbescherming Nederland, Nature.house are restoring recreational facilities and improving habitats for the benefit of biodiversity and climate adaptation.
To date, their focus has been on projects in Africa and their home country of the Netherlands, but recently funds have been raised to save bears in the Central Apennines.
Still need convincing that your next escape should be to a nature.house?
Here’s a little look at how spending time in the natural world can improve more than just your Instagram feed:
Spending time immersed in nature benefits your health
There’s a growing body of research that highlights the link between exposure to the natural world and better health. Spending time in green spaces and rural environments can, as long as you feel safe when you’re there, provide enhanced immune function, reduces stress and anxiety, and even increase self-esteem.
Disconnecting from your everyday can help you to reconnect with your authentic self
Listening in to nature, the sound of the breeze rustling in the leaves or a blackbird chirping can help you learn to listen to yourself. Next time you’re booking a trip, consider heading off-grid to escape the humdrum of background noise from social media advertising, news, and TV.
Leave your laptop and phone at home, but take your DSLR, and tune into the rhythm of the natural world.
Sustainable travel minimises your carbon footprint
A 2018 study found that tourism accounts for around 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and that the rapid increase in tourism demand is effectively outstripping the decarbonization of tourism-related technology.