Fresh Air Kids Switzerland!

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Photo courtesy of HELVETIQ

2018 was a very busy, albeit exciting year for us at More2Explore. We felt it was finally time to share our love of the outdoors with others is a more formal way. Thus,  Fresh Air Kids Switzerland52 inspiring hikes that will make kids and parents happy was created with the help of the publishing company HELVETIQ Our book will be published in April 2019. Yippee!

Why Fresh Air Kids Switzerland?

Fresh Air Kids is the book we wish we had when we moved to Switzerland.

With 52 inspiring hikes for families of all ages and abilities, this book is the perfect resource for any family longing to make the most of the Swiss trails.

With walks/hikes ranked as easy, moderate and challenging, there truly is a gorgeous adventure for everyone.

Each hike contains a child-friendly component such as:

places to grill lunch,

a farm,

a playground,

a waterfall,

or incredible overnight adventure.

We also made sure to insert fun kid activities to keep children stimulated on the trail.

We didn’t forget to include a “how to manual” for the parents too.

GPX files are also available for download with each book purchase.

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Photo courtesy of HELVETIQ

Where can you purchase the book and when?

Fresh Air Kids Switzerland will be published in April and available at all major bookstores in Switzerland, Germany and France and available in April on the HELVETIQ website. Translated into English, German and French, allowing you to pick your language and hit the trails just in time for hiking season.

Thank you!

We must give HELVETIQ a virtual high-five for believing in us and creating such a visually stimulating book! Thank you to our team of incredibly talented individuals.

And the adventure continues on our new Instagram account.

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Hiking Tip – Layers

When hiking with a friend last week, she recommended I complete a post on hiking layers.  So this post is based on her inspiration.  Thanks girl!

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Now that the weather is turning chilly (I love it) knowing how to layer is key to making the most of your outdoor experience.

The top:

T-Shirt – Long Sleeve – Fleece – Jacket

The bottom:

Long hiking pants that zip off – wool socks (my favorite) – for super cold weather, wear a base layer under your pants and upgrade to warmer hiking pants.  Always wear proper hiking boots when on the trail.

Never leave home without:

Sunglasses, a scarf or a Buff, gloves and a hat!

Happy trails!

Our Favorite…

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Switzerland is gorgeous.  I still drool a bit whenever I am in the Alps, even after all these years.  If asked what my favorite spot is in the mountains, I know my answer almost immediately.

To me, a favorite indicates a place I can identify with.  A location that fills me with a warmth and a sense of gratitude that tends to linger long after I have retreated back home.  I have come to realize that I feel drawn to green, lush landscapes and may never find myself truly happy or at peace in arid terrain.  I find such a haven in the Berner Oberland area of Switzerland.  The hikes, the colors, the mountains all speak to me and I feel most at ease and happy in that location.

That is not to say that all of Switzerland is not worthy of my attention, however, given the choice to own a cow shack anywhere, it would have to be that area or perhaps, along the shores of Lake Lucerne.

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One Final Look – Summer

 

Checklist for summer

Days rich with nature

Lots of natural sunlight

Smiles

Sleeping a bit more than normal

Ice Cream and lots of it

Frogs, salamanders, alpine newts and fish

Lakes, rivers and oceans

Time together as a family

Leaving routines behind

Slowing down

Hitting lots of new trails

Exploring

Waking up in new places

Trying new things

Spending time with friends

Staying up late

Watching the sun rise and the sun set

Dreaming

 

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“This summer, put your phone away for a few days and make some memories that no-one knows about.” – Unknown