13 Relaxing Airbnbs That’ll Inspire You to Go Forest Bathing
Feeling worn down from the daily grind of city life? Sometimes a weekend away in nature is all it takes to reset and recharge; in fact, forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku — the Japanese practice of taking in a forest atmosphere — has proven benefits that will help you be healthier and feel happier.
To get off the beaten path, we scoured Airbnb for 13 amazing places where you can quietly post up and decompress for a few days. There are also various Airbnb Experiences to help you fully immerse yourself in forest bathing, such as the Urban Forest Walkabout in San Francisco, CA; Forest Therapy in Los Angeles, CA; and Short Mountain Hike and Yoga in Hadano, Japan. Julia Plevin, the host of the Urban Forest Walkabout, says, “One easy way to forest bathe is to find a spot and just sit there for 20 minutes a day doing nothing but noticing and being. Another way is to just be aware of all the nature around you — the plants in your house, the air you breathe, the water you drink.”
So let’s get outdoors; we bet you’ll come back to your routine feeling enchanted and inspired.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!