In all of the SUV commercials, they act as if you have to have a high-powered corporate job, in order to be able to afford to get outside and do something fun and physical with your time away from work. But this is absolute silliness. You do not have to be rich, or even necessarily middle class to be able to get outside; fresh air is one of the last free things on Earth. And maybe you have to cut out a little bit of expense here and there, to be able to take a little time off for yourself. In the end, the dividends you’ll get out of it will be huge.
Some people think that you have to save like a miser or live like the Unabomber, in order to be able to take a weekend and go for a long hike or mountain bike ride. But you know that isn’t the case at all. If all else fails, seek out some discount car insurance, pack your lunch and give it a few weeks. A lot of people would be amazed at how much they can save, to say nothing about how quickly they can save it, with just a few little changes to their lifestyles. And seriously, how much does it really take to get out there, anyway?
Getting out in the fresh, clean air and taking in the outdoors is, well, dirt cheap, pardon the pun. All you need is some time, enough gas to get there and back, and everything else is according to your own tastes. If you don’t eat too much, you may only need to bring a few meals. If you don’t feel like camping out overnight, you may not even need a sleeping bag. You should never let a lack of funds prevent you from taking a trip into a park. It’s a nice, cheap vacation.