Have you been sharing adventure and making memories this summer? Forest Holidays joins us to talk about why outdoor memories are the best!
“Think of your best memories. The times you felt happy, free, exhilarated even. The moments that have left a lasting imprint on your heart.
Chances are those memories were made out in the open air, in a natural environment.
Those were the days
At Forest Holidays, our customers tell us time and time again of how the outdoor freedom of our locations evokes nostalgic memories of the long carefree days of their childhood.
From simple pleasures such as building dens and making daisy chains to high adrenaline adventures such as river canoeing and mountain climbing, our cabin holidays have at their heart an opportunity to step away from busy lives and reconnect with each other and with nature. And that means making memories.
Memories are made all the more special when you have someone to share them with. Someone to whom you can say “Remember when?” and spend a satisfying afternoon reliving the details. Many of our guests come with extended family; grandparents and grandchildren, aunts and uncles. Or as groups of friends looking to share adventure-filled weekends. They book large cabins, sleeping up to 10 people or 2 or 3 smaller cabins close together.
The experiences they share can be small: barbecues beneath the trees, spotting a deer or skimming stones on the loch at Ardgartan Argyll. Or they can be big: a Night Vision walk into the inky blackness of the forest, a woodland wedding celebration or a honeymoon in a Hideaway cabin.
Memories and feelings
When you reminisce, or the children grow up and look back, you and they might well remember the archery competition that you had in Sherwood Forest, or the time you fell out of your canoes on the river Wye in the Forest of Dean. You might remember the thrill of a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape (every Forest Holiday location is near to a Go Ape) or reaching the peak of Ben Ledi at Strathyre. These are memories that will stay with you forever.
You might not recall the little things; the long family walks, the shimmer of sunlight through the forest canopy, feeding the blue tits who visit your cabin decking. But even as memories of the details fade, the memory of how you felt lasts. The warm fuzz of that feel-good factor will be what you will take away and keep with you – maybe that is the very essence of nostalgia.
On the flipside, what you definitely won’t remember, or won’t want to remember, is long days at the office, evenings in front a screen or wet weekends watching the rain slide down the window…
Make your memories
In short, time spent outdoors sharing adventures and experiences with friends and family will leave you with positive memories and good feelings, your own “nostalgia bank” to draw upon in the future. And nostalgia, scientists now believe, is good for us. With that in mind, maybe it’s time to get out there, share adventures and make memories.”
For inspiration on outdoor adventures visit www.shareadventure.co.uk. It’s packed with real-life adventures from people across the UK, plus you can win incredible prizes!