Updated: Jan 4
I guess this pandemic has changed our perspective on life in general. We are giving more priority to spending quality time with our loved ones. We are appreciating the environment we live in, more specifically the natural environment. As a result, we are trying to spend more time with our family in nature.
This is how you can do it too!
This pandemic has changed the way we look at strangers. Anxieties run high when we get in close proximity with strangers; we ask ourselves "Are they sick?" or "Did they get too close to us?"; Unfortunately, until a vaccine is found, we will have to keep our distances.
Places which are easily accessible by car and which have paved passageways and pathways are typically full of people, especially on weekends. Which is why we decided to ditch our buggies.
Here are 5 reasons why you should leave the buggy at home on your next trip outdoors.
1. Off the beaten track
You’ll get to roam freely, and explore paths which you are unable to do so with a buggy (or two, in our case). And, it's 2020, so what better way than to get lost out in nature with little human interaction? We have been to a number of treks lately, varying in their accessibility, duration and difficulty. Check out these trails below, which in our opinion are ideal for beginners!
Għajn Żnuber Tower: It is part of the Majjistral Nature and History Park in Mellieħa. The tower is a mere 15-minute walk from the parking lot, practically on flat terrain. Roam around the tower area (over 400 different species of fauna can be found here, some of them quite rare!), or sit down and watch the sunset.
Mġiebaħ, is the plural of migbħa, an apiary. And here you'll find many apiaries and what is renowned as the oldest carob tree in the Maltese islands. The attraction is a short 10-minute uphill trek from the closest parking spot. Placards are found along the route, providing information on these historical remains. The apiaries serve as a good spot for hide-and-seek play!
Buskett - definitely Malta's greenest area with its semi-natural woodland, and a place where you've definitely been before. But why take the more easily accessible routes? Be adventurous and take a path which you have never been on before; you're bound to be surprised by what you find! Let your little ones climb a tree, and collect some pinecones and leaves for your next home crafts session.
2. A breath of fresh air
Both adults and kids need this. And we need more of it now that we're spending most of our time indoors. Take some deep breaths, especially if you're close by the sea. And why not find a spot to enjoy the scenery while practising some family-friendly yoga? It will make you feel calmer and more in control.