Benefits of Outdoor Tours and Travel

Outdoors tours and travel are pretty awesome, especially with good planning. While there are so many physical benefits that you get from taking tours, you also get to boost your mental health, make new friends and experience a new adventure. Here are some of the benefits to outdoors tours and travel.

Boosts Your Mental and Physical Health

It’s not often that you realize that something you love doing is so good for your health. Studies conducted over the years have indicated that traveling has numerous physical and mental health benefits.

Outdoor TravelsTo begin with, being outdoors helps relieve your stress. The relaxing outdoors atmosphere lets you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

You get a break from the chaos of life and come back as a better person, friend, spouse, parent or employee. Why spend hours running on a treadmill when you can travel to different sites and hike the trails and experience nature in its finest?

Moreover, being outdoors will ultimately boost the vitamin D levels in your body, responsible for keeping your bones healthy and strong, and maintaining ideal calcium levels.

Recent studies have also shown that vitamin D also reduces the risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, some forms of cancer and heart attacks. In addition to this, it helps keep depression at bay.

When you are outdoors, you find yourself participating in various activities such as hiking, swimming, rock climbing among others.

Engaging in physical activity not only keeps you fit and healthy, but is also highly beneficial in lowering blood pressure, enhancing blood circulation, strengthening of muscles and can also help you shed off a few pounds.

Strengthens Bonds

When you are traveling with your loved ones, you get to spend time together and bond without interruptions.

There is nothing that will strengthen a family than taking a few days off touring different places or even camping outdoors. You get to rediscover your love for one another, catch up and even learn new things about each other.

Takes You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Traveling takes you out of your normal environment and allows you to experience new adventures. It starts with a simple day out and advances to major trips even to other countries. This also has a major boost to your self-esteem and confidence.

Moreover, finding yourself in a different environment has a way of helping you learn on how to cope with the uncertainties life presents us. We all know outdoor travels do not always go as planned, but we learn on how to improvise and make the holidays worthwhile.

Educational Purposes

When you are out there, you get to learn about nature and different aspects of the world we live in. There is so much to learn, specifically the different cultures and histories of the places you visit. Exploring new areas increases your knowledge and opens up your mind to so many other opportunities.

Benefits the Kids

With today’s ever growing digital world, most kids do not get a chance to spend nearly as much time outdoors like most of us did growing up. They are too focused on playing video games and using computers and other mobile devices to pass time.

Traveling outdoors gives them a chance to reconnect with nature, and even play outside in the fresh air. They are able to set their imagination free, as they run around enjoying all that nature has to offer, while also meeting new friends and making memories. This just might be what they need.

Socializing

Outdoors tours and travel allows you to meet new people that you would otherwise not have met if you stayed indoors. Some of these people turn out to become friends that you can rely on whenever you have a problem.

Meeting different people also lets you see the differences in people and appreciate the diversity in the world. You gradually find yourself becoming tolerant and understanding of what other people go through. You also get a different perspective of the world, and also improve your communication skills at the same time.

These are some of the reasons why you need to travel regularly. Are there other relevant benefits you feel that we have left out? Please let us know in the comments sections below.

Facilities

You won’t believe what’s on offer at Heart of Tuscany Hostel. There’s:

  • Reception Open from 09:00-15:00 and 19:00-23:00
  • No Curfew
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Light Breakfast Included
  • Linens
  • Guest Kitchens
  • Day Tours twice a week (minimum 8 people)
  • Bicycles (10€ all day)
  • Table Games Room
  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor Sporting Area
  • Lounge Area
  • Outdoor Barbecues organized once a week from June to September (weather permitting)
  • Restaurant: fixed menu dinners starting at €9. Vegetarian options available upon request. Example Menu:
    • Plate of pasta
    • Water
    • Glass of Wine
    • Gelato
  • 2 full service bars providing large list of local wines, beers, top shelf liquor, and sandwiches upon request during the lunch hour.
  • Internet: € 2 for 1 hour
  • Fax Service on request
  • Pay Telephone
  • Washing Service €10 per load
  • Luggage Storage
  • Safety Deposit
  • Secure Parking
  • Visa & MasterCard Accepted

Reservation & Booking Information

For the 2013 season, we are open from May 1st until October 31st

Booking

Contact us with your full reservation details: number of people, arrival date & time, departure date, & type of accommodation desired. As soon as our staff is able, you’ll receive details from us on how to send a deposit to secure your booking.

Check In & Check Out

  • You may check in at any time you wish; your rooms will be available at 2.00pm
  • Departing guest must check out no later than 10.30 am

Cancellation policy

To cancel, please notify us 48 hours prior to the calendar date arrival. Please note that failure to notify us of your cancellation within the specified time period will result in the charging of the first nights booking for a no show.

Exploring Tuscany has never been so easy

Whether you’re wanting to explore the lush hills & picturesque villages of Tuscany or just take a relaxing break away from the city rush.

Heart of Tuscany Hostel can provide your heart’s desires with minimal fuss. Take a tour or three, sample the local produce, or simply relax poolside with a drink from the bar.

For the 2013 season, we are open from May 1st until October 31st.

Accommodations & Location

Lawn AreaThe Heart of Tuscany Hostel is a self-contained olive and wine producing villa, with cottages of varying sizes surrounding the main villa.

Each of our uniquely designed rustic houses have kitchens, bathrooms and classic Tuscan furniture, providing a variety of accommodation types ranging from dorms to doubles, triples, quads, or even the entire cottage.

Located in the hills of Montalbano, Heart of Tuscany Hostel boasts breathtaking views of the valley below, within short distance from the great cities of Florence, Livorno, Pisa, Montecatini, Pistoia and Vinci, home town of the great Leonardo da Vinci 7km down the road. A mere 5 kmaway, the town of Montecatini offers a wealth of options such as trekking, bicycle hire, walking or horse-back riding.

We provide a free shuttle bus to the Hostel from Empoli train station for guests who stay 3 days or more. Van excursions of the surrounding areas are also available. For those who are traveling by car, secure on site parking is available as well.