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1. Increasing your self-esteem
That’s right! Being in the outdoors encourages you to unleash your inner child as you bounce along an open trail with nothing but the natural world as far as the eye can see. This time and space allows your mind to wonder, unleashing creative thoughts, allowing you to focus on ideas and give you confidence in your future.
You’ll probably find that you take more risks, as you try new things and feel your confidence blooming. Not ridden a bike in years? It’s time to get back in the saddle! Haven't used a kayak in your life? Now's the time to give it a go! Our guests are always telling us that they were delighted to have tried new things and regained confidence in themselves by enjoying activities they hadn’t done in years.
2. Reducing feelings of stress and anxiety
We live in a busy world with a lot of responsibilities. There is an increasing amount of people, technology and situations constantly demanding our attention. A trip like ours, where we spend time in the peaceful outdoors every day, will naturally help reduce any feelings of stress and anxiety as you regain perspective and calm your thoughts. According to a study by the University of Minnesota, exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones. Sounds good to us!
3. Inspiring you to live a healthy and active lifestyle
All our trips are designed and led by people who are passionate about being healthy and active in the outdoors. This means that our appetite for adventure, wholesome food, exercise and great company filters through into everything we do. And we want to share it with you! You might learn a new local recipe to take home, be inspired to get your hiking boots out more often or even make some lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being. Many of our guests say how inspired they felt after their New Zealand Trails trip and the opportunity to really appreciate being in the outdoors.