With the weather on the up, we want to inspire you to get outside and enjoy nature at its finest. Spring is one of the greatest seasons for outdoor adventures. But if you still aren't feeling adventurous, we’ve got some book recommendations that will make you want to lace up your walking boots and get straight outside! Inspiring stories of solo hiking, travelling and nature. What will you be adding to your reading list?
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild is the perfect read to inspire any solo traveller. This personal account follows Cheryl's solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail based on a true story. After losing her mother and spiralling into one of the most mentally challenging periods of her life, Cheryl decides to take on the well-known PCT trail alone, with no previous hiking experience. Wild captures each of the trials and successes of a lone female hiker, and ultimately all the things she learns about herself along the way. Another inspiring book that will inspire you to take on something you are afraid of doing and believe you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to.
Read this if; You are adventuring alone this summer
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild is based on a true story, following the journey of Christopher McCandless as he breaks away from society, ridding himself of physical possessions like a car and money, and going back to living in the wild. This story not only makes us look at what happiness means, our connection to our possessions and family life but reminds us that nature is not to be messed with. This book will make you want to pack up your life and head for the open road. An inspiring story of his desire to connect back to the truth of a simple life and what we are here on this earth to do behind the social construct.
Read this if; You crave a simple life away from the rules society has paved out for us
The Walkers Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs by Tristan Gooley
The Walker's Guide is like a bible for those wanting to be more attentive to their surroundings whilst walking. Full of handy tips and tricks to learn how you can use the land around you to navigate, warning signs you should look out for, and gain a better understanding of nature. This book will help you be more mindful when out walking, help you stay safer with more knowledge of what to do when you find yourself in a sticky situation, and how to make the most of your surroundings. A great book to read if you are just starting to break into your walking boots and are wanting to take a mindful, slow exploration into the outside world.
Read this if; You want to learn more about natural navigation and mindful things to observe whilst walking.
Forest Therapy by Sarah Ivens
This book will help you break out of hibernation mode and encourage you to ease yourself into the outside world through simple practices and ways to bathe in nature's beauty. Practical steps to finding your zen no matter the weather or destination, this book will inspire you to walk alone and to enjoy creative playtime outdoors with children or family. Forest Bathing has been known for many years as part of Japanese and Scandinavian cultures, and now becoming more popular here in the UK. Reading this will make you want to pack up and head to your nearest woods or trees, to get barefoot and reconnect back to that which lives around you.
Read this if; You are ready to connect back to nature
Written by Donna Edwards