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Do you ever have those days where you’re just too tired to get outdoors? Maybe you had a super long week at work, or maybe you drank too many mimosas and now you’re just exhausted and ready to sink into your couch cushions for the rest of the day. It happens from time to time!

Sometimes I feel guilty wasting a beautiful day on the couch, but I live in Southern California and every day is gorgeous, so inevitably some of them will be wasted.

Here are 3 ways to appreciate the outdoors without actually setting foot outside. You probably won’t even need to leave your couch- unless you run out of snacks, and unfortunately, I can’t offer a solution to that situation.

1. Plan your next adventure.

If you don’t have enough motivation to leave the house why not plan your next escape? Cruise through Pinterest and re-pin all those dreamy vacation pins to your Wanderlust board. You’ll find photos of Sea Turtles in Hawaii, Sloths in Costa Rica, the white sand beaches of the Caribbean and before you know it you’ll be ready to pack your bags and head to the airport. If you get really carried away you can even shop for vacation outfits!

2. Watch a nature documentary.

Planet Earth looks pretty darn good in HD, and you’d never be able to get those Snow Leopard shots on your own. Might as well just enjoy them from your couch! Am I watching it as I write this? Possibly.

Additional documentary suggestions:
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea – You’ll learn some fascinating American history and come away inspired to visit these incredible landmarks.
Great Wide Open – If you’re a fan of National Parks you’ll love Jared Leto’s series profiling adventurers within them.
Unbranded – If you like horses and wish you were a cowboy in another life you’ll love this documentary about Public Land Conservation in which a group of young Texans ride Mustangs from The US/Mexico border to the US/Canada border.

3. Read a Travel Memoir

Is there somewhere you’ve always been curious about but haven’t visited? There’s bound to be someone else who has!

Guide books are great if you know you’re ready to go somewhere and you want to hammer out the details, but if you’re just in the early planning stages a memoir (or a a travel blog) can be a great way to get the sense of a dream destination.

What is it really like to hike the Inca Trail? Sure the photos look incredible but what does altitude sickness feel like? Do Alpacas smell bad? A personal account will give you deeper insight into the experience. You’ll have a better idea of what you will see, smell, taste or even feel.

Do you have a favorite nature documentary or memoir? Let me know in the comments!

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Hi guys!

I’m Janine, a Canadian-American expat based in Mexico. I feel strongly about living life on my own terms, which is why I left my 9 to 5 job to become a digital nomad and live abroad! Follow me for travel inspiration, stories about expat life, and the journey to becoming truly location independent!

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