All about the newly discovered wanderlust and love of the outdoors
“Kids, the weather is so great, go outside!” Those, like me, who grew up listening to this sentence, often have a double-edged relationship with a blue sky. Naturally, as a child I would sometimes also have rather spent more time indoors or in front of the television than was good for me. When I had to go outdoors, however, I really could take pleasure in being outside.
No one is left out with the outdoors
The word outdoors had not been invented when I used to meet with friends outside; rolling down North German dikes, stomping in rubber boots in fish ponds, collecting conkers, and it did not exist when I went camping, cycling and made fires as teenager. And yet always noticed again and again: Outdoors is more than just the fresh air my mother wanted me to experience. Outdoors is, in the best sense of the word, is the feeling of being “untroubled”, being free.
Outdoors in the city
Hotspots for urban fresh air fanatics:
- Beer garden
- Swimming lake
- Allotment garden
The essential outdoors
Today outdoors is a megatrend and a lifestyle. Here are just a few examples for what people like to do outside today:
- Eating outdoors is in. Ever larger barbeques and completely furnished garden kitchens prove this impressively.
- Drinking outdoors is in. Beer gardens blossom even in the north of the republic and quite often innkeepers extend the season into the winter with blankets and heaters.
- Working outdoors is in. Urban gardening is the trend, such as growing vegetables – even in the city. On balconies, in front gardens or in rediscovered allotment gardens people are raking, sowing and harvesting to their heart’s content. And office workers too stick their laptops under their arm and work in the park.
- Holidaying outdoors is in. Increasingly luxurious camping sites are shooting up with more and more gigantic motor homes arriving by the minute. They turn ordinary camping into glamorous “glamping”.
- And naturally, being active outdoors is in. In the past, strolling, cycling and hiking tours weren’t something, which you could boast about to your friends. But today, you can.
Tip: Hiking in the west
3 exciting routes in NRW:
- Hermannshöhen in the Teuteburg Forest
- Rheinsteig trail in the Siebengebirge
- St. James Way – off to Santiago de Compostela
Above all: Hiking! Since Hape Kerkeling’s book “I’m off then” at the latest, a real stampede has headed towards pilgrim and hiking routes. Today, even hipsters from the city lace up their hiking boots at the weekend and setting off. Sauerland, Harz and Teutoburger Forest are no longer synonymous with a bourgeois way of life but are hot new destinations for weekend trips.
Not without my backpack
The best HALFAR® outdoor companions:
- Trekking backpack MOUNTAIN
- Backpack ADVENTURE
- Backpack TRAIL
- Backpack TOUR
This is how you truly experience nature and with all your senses: Seeing, feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing… and fitness, which focuses on the forest ground instead of the treadmill.
And perhaps this is the best thing about outdoor pleasures such as hiking: It really does not need much. OK, a little protection from wind and weather wouldn’t go amiss depending on the region. A pair of good boots is obviously a must when hiking. And a sensible backpack can lighten up a day outdoors in the truest sense of the word. Otherwise minimalism is recommended. You won’t find any WIFI on hiking routes either. Thank goodness! Give it a try!