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Get outdoors: top swaps for nature lovers
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Get outdoors: top swaps for nature lovers

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 4 minute read

Trav­el is all about broad­en­ing your hori­zons, see­ing new things and tak­ing a chal­lenge, and there’s noth­ing like the great out­doors to test your lim­its. With Love Home Swap, you can say good­bye to expen­sive, rig­or­ous­ly planned nature vaca­tions and hel­lo to casu­al explo­ration of the great out­doors as it should be: total­ly free.

Views over road with lake and mountains alongside

Ice­land is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for adventure-seekers

Icelandic excursions

Ice climb­ing, glac­i­er hik­ing, cav­ing and vol­cano tour­ing. Ice­land has it all and more, mak­ing it a real must-vis­it for adven­ture-seek­ers. For nature lovers it’s also, (con­trary to its name), beau­ti­ful, lush and green. And of course, let’s not for­get that it’s an excel­lent des­ti­na­tion for enjoy­ing nature’s most won­drous spec­ta­cle, the auro­ra bore­alis. If you want to stay out of the city, we have plen­ty of styl­ish homes like this one in rur­al Ice­land.

Long grassland moors overlooking a blue lake and mountains in Otago

Otago’s rolling hills are per­fect for nature lovers

Outdoors in Otago

New Zealand is known as a par­adise for nature-lovers. With rolling hills and green­ery, New Zealand’s impres­sive nat­ur­al won­ders haven’t gone unno­ticed by the film indus­try, and it’s been fea­tured in numer­ous block­busters like Lord of the Rings. To get a slice of the action your­self, — and with­out the hideous­ly long trip to Mor­dor (!) — check out this beau­ti­ful archi­tect-designed home in the moun­tains of Otago.

Rows of lavendar bushes leading to a church and hills in the Provence countryside

Provence is the per­fect stay for any­one look­ing for variety

Alpine adventures

As a region, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur has got it all: beach­es, moun­tains, lakes and plen­ty of coun­try­side. Pop­u­lar with skiers, hik­ers, cyclists and those who fan­cy just tak­ing in the love­ly scenery with a pic­nic, you’ll quick­ly find that one vis­it will nev­er be enough. For a ful­ly French and total­ly lux­u­ri­ous stay in the region, take a look at this beau­ti­ful moun­tain­side vil­la.

Pengiuns on white sand on Boulders Beach in South Africa

Pen­guins on Boul­ders Beach is a great out­door spot for nature lovers

Metropolitan mountains

For nature-lovers who are also look­ing for a taste of city life, Cape Town is the per­fect blend of urban and met­ro­pol­i­tan. From Table Moun­tain down to Boul­ders Beach where Cape Town’s res­i­dent pen­guins reside, this is tru­ly a city for nature-lovers. For a spot in the breath­tak­ing South African land­scape, check out this home in the Lange­berg moun­tain range.

Vinyards in the sunshine over Sonoma Valley in California

The vin­yards in Sono­ma, Cal­i­for­nia are worth the visit

California living

There’s so much more to Cal­i­for­nia than just big cities like LA and San Fran­cis­co. With beau­ti­ful moun­tains, rolling hills and vine­yards that stretch fur­ther than the eye can see, there’s plen­ty for nature lovers to see and do in the gold­en state. Cal­i­for­nia also does lux­u­ry very well, so treat your­self to a beau­ti­ful and spa­cious pad, like this coun­try retreat in Sono­ma.

Green fields overlooking a hill in County Kerry, Ireland

The Ring of Ker­ry in Coun­ty Ker­ry, Ireland

The emerald isle

You can’t real­ly go wrong with a nature-filled trip in Ire­land. With lush scenery, the whole coun­try is gor­geous, but Coun­ty Ker­ry in par­tic­u­lar has much to offer adven­tur­ers. With nation­al parks galore, the Ring of Ker­ry and Skel­lig Michael, Ker­ry is a nature-lovers play­ground. If you’re plan­ning to vis­it Ker­ry’s most beau­ti­ful, and UNESCO-recog­nised, nation­al park Kil­lar­ney, then con­sid­er a trip to this archi­tect-designed home which is right on its doorstep.

Rough sea churning over craggy rock coastline in West Cornwall, England

Corn­wal­l’s coast­line is the ulti­mate escape for nature lovers

The Cornish cliffs

With its stun­ning coast­lines, Corn­wall is often con­sid­ered the jew­el in Eng­land’s crown. Its pris­tine beach­es and dra­mat­ic cliffs make it great for those look­ing to real­ly enjoy the great out­doors, so if you want to fish, ride, surf, sail and swim, take a look at this beau­ti­ful eco-home.