Top 5 tips to get through the cold winter months

As the days are getting shorter, colder and darker, there might be less opportunity for weekend getaways and mini adventures. For someone who enjoys camping trips, hiking and other outdoor activities, it can be a tricky time of the year. You have to travel further for warm and sunny weather and if you can`t afford it, then the winter months can seem never-ending.

River Wey in Guildford

It might be tempting to curl up on the sofa and watch box sets with a box of chocolate, but there are a few other things you can do to use the long dark evenings and the short cold days wisely.

1. You can and should still venture outside.
Walking in the winter has its own beauty. Wrap up warm, make sure your boots are water (and mud) proof, pack a raincoat and go for a walk in your local forest and admire the winter scenery. You might get wet and muddy but you will feel really good afterwards.

River Wey

2. Read books.
If you can`t spend as much time outside as you would like to, then read about other people`s adventures. If books are not your thing, then there are hundreds of articles and blogs online with excellent photos to take you to to faraway places. Winter evenings are perfect for reading.

3. Go through your photos.
Organize your favourites into a photobook. Just looking through them will bring back nice memories from your holidays.

4. Plan your next adventure.
Research your next destination, and make plans for a holiday. Planning an adventure can take some time, the long winter might just be the perfect time to do that. Book flights and make an itinerary.

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5. Keep fit
It is important to keep fit during the winter. Hit the gym or keep your running routine whatever the weather. You can`t afford to loose your fitness before you go on your – well planned and well deserved – trek in the spring.

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