Thanks to our sunny summers, a staycation feels like a real holiday, but without the occasional hassle of stressful packing. Cool drinks, an inspiring book and even a footbath: you have everything you need to become totally zen. Play some nature sounds via an app and close your eyes. Need a change? Look for new green hotspots in your neighbourhood. A wonderful sea of possibilities!
Did you know that people on holiday relax mainly because they get out more often? You can do that on a staycation, too!
There’s a good reason why staycations are referred to as ‘slow tourism’. So get out of that rat race and enjoy the little things. Make yourself comfortable and admire the sunset. From the park near your home or even in the tent in your garden. Your holiday has never been so sustainable.
Did you know that the sun makes your body produce endorphins, which makes you feel much happier?
There’s no need to wait until spring: these earthy neutrals will get you in the mood for springtime right away. And as a Native Nomad you’ve no need to wait for summer either. After all, you always bring along your own ray of sunshine! Work anywhere in the world wearing cargo pants or a trendy overall. A day out or a day off?Earthy neutrals, natural materials and pieces in deep green reflect your love of mother earth.
Did you know that it’s been a long time since cargo pants were reserved for “the gas man"?
Pure fashion, what's not to love? Think of supple materials that are not only delightful to wear, but also add that extra touch to your outfit. With colours like mellow yellow, pastel orange and pale blue, you are sure to attract compliments like a magnet. Or go back to the roots with broderie anglaise or frills. (K)not sure about your outfit? Here’s the solution!: just put a knot in your shirt or T-shirt!
Did you know that the Swedish word lagom means ‘not too much, not too little, but just the right amount'? What a wonderful motto!
You don’t have to travel to far-off mountains for… a trekking experience! Belgium is also home to many beautiful hiking trails. If you really want to experience that travel feeling, try out your outfit and gear the way you would do abroad. Are your binoculars, water bottle, and map in your backpack? Great! Then pop those sunglasses onto your nose and discover the experience of adventures right at home!
Did you know that national parks also exist in the Low Countries?
Do you like walking through a volcanic landscape and a steep climb doesn't bother you? Then head towards Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria, one of the most beautiful natural rock formations in the world. Along unpaved paths, you walk towards this 80-metre-high natural monument. At the top, you have a beautiful view over the special landscape. When the weather is nice you can even see Mount Teide, Tenerife’s largest volcano.
Did you know that you can also see the dunes and the Meloneras lighthouse from the Roque Nublo?
At the top you’ll find not only a beautiful view, but also an overwhelming silence. You'll be quiet yourself.
A trip to Gran Canaria isn’t complete without a visit to Santa Lucía. This historic town is surrounded by rugged mountainous country, including a fortress with carved-out living caves and tombs. The church of Santa Lucía, in honour of the saint of the same name, is in the central square. This church isn’t without a shady past; it was demolished twice in the past. But as the saying goes, the third time’s the charm!
Did you know that you will find a beautifully landscaped garden around the fort (which is now a museum)? There are many native plants and fruit trees for you to admire here.
Walking through La Fortaleza (Gran Canaria) is a bit like travelling back in time. The indigenous peoples kept the European conquerors at bay from these rock formations with natural and artificially carved caves. Climb the steep rocks, explore all the tunnels, and enjoy the endless colour palette in this beautiful setting. Catch your breath at the visitors’ centre while you discover what happened here centuries ago.
Did you know that La Fortaleza is one of the best preserved fortified settlements in Gran Canaria?
If you want to experience Gran Canaria like its (primaeval) inhabitants, stay in a local cave house near the Roque Nublo. You can’t get any purer than that. Sit inside by the fireplace; step outside and you’ll be right in the middle of nature. There aren’t any other houses as far as the eye can see. After a day full of adventures, you can continue your stargazing.
Did you know that the Canary Islands are internationally renowned for their extraordinary stargazing conditions?
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
Are you a rookie when it comes to exercising? Then a sporty outing in nature might win you over. Let your sporting ambitions finally skyrocket with a walk in the woods and breathe in that fresh air. This is also the ideal moment to reflect for a moment. It’s never been so much fun being an outsider.
Did you know that spending half an hour surrounded by nature reduces your stress, increases your mental resilience, and lowers your blood pressure?
Not only can you sunbathe or collect shells on the beach, you can also set your most athletic dreams in motion. Go crazy and work out barefoot. That sand between your toes is the best free scrub you can get. Need some refreshment after all that work? Then dive into the sea!
Did you know that walking on loose sand is twice as hard as walking on relatively hard ground?
From one-day races to multi-day stage races, you want to be able to sit comfortably in the saddle for cycling classics. And of course, that includes aerodynamic, lightweight gear in the best technical fabrics. Every Flandrien will recommend bib shorts, so don’t disregard this advice – especially when it comes from the lead peloton. Ready for a breakaway split on Flanders’s most famous cobblestones as soon as the roads open again?
Did you know that… lined gloves not only protect you from cold and wind, but also from falls?
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