1. In the era of the internet physical distance doesn’t realistically mean much — it would be very difficult to actually run away from your problems. This doesn’t matter, however. An outdoorsy person will make you leave the city, changing your scenery, starting at trees and water instead of buildings and people — this makes a big difference psychologically. The more you change your physical location from the every day cityscape, the better and more relaxed you feel.
2. They will teach you not to be high-maintenance for the sake of being high-maintenance. There are things that are worth stressing out about, and there are things a hot shower will fix completely. Knowing the difference will save you a lot of unnecessary stress.
3. Nature is smarter than we give it credit for. Dating a person who knows that things that sound scary like forest fires are natural and healthy (kind of like a forest’s version of a juice cleanse) can help you look at your own life and the seemingly bad things that happen in a whole new light. Bad things are part of life, they help us grow stronger in the long run.
4. Your couple selfies are going to be the best couple selfies because there’s inevitably a breathtaking view in the background.
5. Nothing brings a couple together like a challenge you can take on together. Going on a weekend backpacking trip is like a more fun version of couple’s therapy because you’ll have to plan together, pack together, encourage each other on the trek, cook together, and having nothing to entertain yourselves with at night other than the stars and each other’s company.
6. Food always tastes better when it’s cooked outside. Your meals together are some of the best you’ve ever had, and they usually involve a grill or a campfire instead of a fancy restaurant.
7. If World War III or the zombie apocalypse ever happens, you know you’ll be taken care of.
8. You’ll get to know each other a lot more than most couples, and in a shorter period of time. This is because your time together isn’t centered around what’s on TV or what you can stream on Netflix. You’re out walking or running or biking and you make conversation during your time together.
9. It’s harder to get into a couple rut. Most couples do the same things over and over: dinner and a movie, making dinner together, going to restaurants, and it can get stale. When you’re adventurous and outdoorsy there’s never a shortage of things to do or places to explore no matter where you live. And it’s much harder to feel monotonous when it involves beautiful scenery and being alone in nature together than it is when you’re cooped up indoors.
10. There’s no better foreplay than cuddling together next to a bonfire.