Why You Should Travel to the Mountains
Heaven on earth
There is something simply breathtaking about the mountains. When I say mountains I mean those massive, rugged mountains with the snow-white peaks. Although let's be clear, I'm not talking about the strenuous activities like mountain climbing, trekking and the likes. If you are interested in such activities, you already know how amazing these mountains are and need no convincing! I, however, am talking about just being surrounded by these magnificent creations and experiencing that feeling of complete and utter awe.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
Let's broaden this picture and get a real feel of what visiting these mountains would be like.
There is excitement at the start of the trip, waiting in anticipation for what's to come. Soon, you catch the first glimpse of a far-off peak. Is that really a mountain in between those clouds? It couldn't be, that's way too high up! A little closer and you are sure that it is indeed a snow-white peak. It just takes your breath away. As time goes by, these peaks become the new normal—only it's far from normal. The amazing thing is that the scenery keeps getting better and better. At higher altitudes, the views are just extraordinary. It's not only the mountains but also the streams, rivers, lakes and valleys which make it look like something out of this world.
Reasons to visit the mountains
If you're not already convinced, here are some of the reasons to visit.
The long drives up and down mountain roads are thrilling. There is anticipation at almost every turn and bend which usually never disappoints. It's mesmerizing to just stare out the window and take it all in. There would probably be no impatient questions like "Are we there yet?"
That feeling of pure exhilaration when you just can't believe what you see. There is an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness that just cannot be explained. It's almost indescribable. There are usually many places to visit nearby like rivers, lakes, valleys, passes, waterfalls, etc.
To just sit there in the midst of the magnificent mountains brings a sense of peace and calm. You could be in the valley, looking all around at the towering peaks. Or at the top, looking down at the beautiful valley. You could be by the crystal clear river or stream or even in the middle of a small town. Everywhere and everything around is just so peaceful. It's a great place to just forget all your worries. You would probably feel like just switching off your phone to avoid unwanted disturbances—if only you didn't need that camera!
There are numerous thing to do for the adventurous. Hiking, climbing, camping, river rafting, mountain biking, skiing and even things like paragliding in some places.
However, if these activities aren't your cup of tea, well—you could just sit back and relax with an actual cup of tea and enjoy the views! Or maybe start with just a few short hikes.
And, of course, the air up there is so fresh. Away from all the pollution. I know, I know—a reason like "fresh air" would probably not be very high on your list, but the difference is very obvious once you're actually there. It's just so refreshing and cool.
When on a trip, the weather plays an important role. Mountainous regions have a cooler, more desirable climate. Both winter and summer in these regions have their perks. Winters can be perfect to witness a snow-covered paradise. In summers, valleys would be filled with beautiful blooming flowers and all the places worth visiting would be accessible.
For those who love photography or even those who just love to get that flawless backdrop for social media posts, this is the place for you.
Plan your mountain trip well
As incredible as it may sound, there are also a few things to keep in mind while planning this trip.
The winters especially can get very cold, so appropriate clothing would be required. Be sure to pack your thermals, a good jacket and lots of layers.
In case some of the places are at a very high altitude, altitude sickness could be a possibility for some. It would be good to be prepared in case of such a situation.
Travel on mountain roads may not be a pleasant journey for some. A few tablets to prevent motion sickness should help.
The weather can be very unpredictable in these areas. It is best to have a good idea of the weather patterns. In winters, some areas or routes may even be shut due to snowfall or landslides. Have back-up plans just in case.
An experience like no other
It is quite obvious that every detail cannot be captured in writing, pictures or videos. You might even think that some portrayals are not all that impressive. However, it's a completely different story once you are actually there. Destinations like these need to be experienced. Once you do, you can attempt to describe this experience—but I can assure you that you could never come close to the actual thing.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Lisha C