The great outdoors. We love it, and if you are a visitor to our site packed with interesting reviews, guides, and travel news, you must share our passion. There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored, with the perfect time to start your new adventure being right now. There’s no point putting it off. Time and nature wait around for no one.
We are all guilty of placing our love for the outdoors, travel, and vacations near the lower half of our priorities list. There’s work, your health. You could be a parent, grandparent, or carer, which helps push your plans further down the pecking order. But it doesn’t need to be like that. Today, you can fit almost any commitments around your active life.
The internet allows us to work from home and chat with colleagues, friends, and family on a smartphone or other mobile device. Watch your favorite winter sports on the move and even enjoy sports betting online. Everything is now at your fingertips. Send work emails from your hotel at the foot of the mountain or check in with friends and family from the summit.
The latest addition to our guest blog section comes from Frank Monkhouse, a UK-based sports writer from Scotland who works remotely. He understands the importance of a good work-life balance and introduces his young children to the many positives of enjoying nature.
Kids Are Good to Go
I have always loved the outdoors and growing up in Scotland. I was spoiled for choice. My father would take us on fishing trips in the river Clyde or one of the many freshwater lochs just a short drive away. Camping at Loch Lomond, monster hunting in Loch Ness, or climbing Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Looking back, we were creating memories while learning about nature, which I strive to replicate with my two young children.
They are just starting their adventure with nature, and I aim to leave some lasting memories and important life lessons. My son is seven years old and is a typical boy. He’s always ready to go and get dirty on an adventure at the drop of a hat. He never takes too much persuading. He’s what might be referred to as a typical little boy. As a father, it’s great.
Things are more complex with my daughter. That seems to be with everything, not only nature. She’s opinionated, stubborn, and reluctant to try new things. But the curiosity is there, and that’s the spark I can work with to create a fire. My girl is just five years old, so she has plenty of time. She would much rather her father play Barbies in her room than get waterproofs on and go jumping in puddles in the countryside or sledding down huge hills in the snow and ice.
There are sometimes tears and tantrums to get her out of the house, but it’s always worthwhile. The urge is there to leave her at home to sit this one out. But when she does come with us, her face and enjoyment of the experience make it all worthwhile. It may seem harsh pulling kids away from the comfort of their room to explore nature, especially with the harsh Scottish weather.
As a parent, it’s important to remember you know best. You’re teaching them important life lessons and creating memories. The children always have a blast once they are wrapped up and out there. My kids enjoy three things in nature, and I will share our experiences with you, including any tips I picked to help keep things interesting for them.
We go camping as often as possible during the warmer weather in Scotland – which accounts for about two weeks of the year in July, or so it seems. Our favorite campsite is located on the banks of Loch Lomond at Luss. It’s a fantastic, family-friendly campsite with everything you need for a few nights away under the stars.
That’s important, especially when you start. Don’t throw them in at the deep end and go wild camping, where they’ll be forced to use a hole in the ground as a toilet. It’s not the dark ages, and it’s not hygienic. A clean campsite with a toilet, fresh running water, and maybe even a shower is perfect for kids.
You can choose one popular with families so they can make new friends or a quieter site that allows you to be alone with your family to truly bond in a way the pace of modern life often doesn’t allow. My boy would go camping every weekend. He loves it. My girl isn’t as keen, but it didn’t take her long to create a bond with nature—simple things like skimming stones in the loch, collecting firewood, or watching nature go by helped.
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Similar to the camping experience but with a lot less planning and effort. Round the kids up, dress them in appropriate clothes for the outdoors at that time of year, and away you go. We drive to the hills or river, or we walk. The kids enjoy both.
Again, it can be a battle to convince them to leave the warmth and security of home to brave the elements, but when we’re out on a walk, they come alive. It doesn’t need to be anywhere special. A walk on farmland sparks exciting tales of witches’ houses, sleeping giants, and monsters lurking in the depths of lochs.
Their imagination comes to life, and it’s beautiful to see. It also helps bring you much closer to your children. They talk more, open up, and then sleep better at night, which is a great reason to get them outdoors.
OK, this one is more for me than them, but I try. We have enjoyed a few local fishing trips, but the kids prefer throwing rocks in the water, cutting things with a pen knife, and reeling in a catch. It’s fun to teach your kids about fishing and share this hobby with them. And even if they’re not that keen on fishing, they enjoy spending time outdoors with their family.