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'Anything can make a person happy', a statement I completely agree with. It can be the first tentative rays of sunshine after a rainy day, a roadside full of poppies or a sporting achievement. I save and cherish these moments of happiness and try to find a new one every day.

Especially when traveling, the moments of happiness seem to string together easily for me. A different environment, a foreign language and wonderful smells, they quickly elicit a happy feeling in me. But what are the most ultimate moments of happiness when traveling? And how can you create yourself?

Waking up in the middle of nature

I am an avid camper. I love being outside all day and adjusting my life to the rhythm of nature. Where I sometimes have trouble getting out of bed at home, that is a lot easier during camping. The rays of the sun on my tent, the sound of the birds and the beautiful nature that awaits me outside the tent are instant happiness for me.

The most beautiful place where I woke up? That was in Canada at remote Green Lake in British Columbia. We stood with two other campers on this otherwise deserted site and in the morning we looked out over a mirror-like lake. Closer to home, the Dutch Nature Campsites have many nice places to wake up to.

Spotting wildlife

Seeing animals in their natural habitat is, in short, magical! Whether it's deer on the Veluwe or bears in Canada. Again and again I am overcome by an ultimate feeling of happiness. Why? Perhaps because animals do not allow themselves to be planned in your itinerary. You have to be lucky to come across them. At the most, you can increase the chance by visiting places where they frequent.

And what are those places? For the Big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo) you have to go to Africa. And I spotted bears and whales in Canada. But my fondest memory is of Egypt. Where I unexpectedly encountered dolphins on a diving trip. And these have been my favorite animals from childhood.

Reaching a Gipfelkreuz

Anyone who goes hiking in the mountains more often recognizes the experience. There is a tough climb waiting for you during the walk and a fantastic view awaits you at the top. But the first thing you see is the Gipfelkreuz that marks the top of the mountain. As soon as the Gipfelkreuz comes into view, walking becomes easier. No matter how exhausted you are, that cross gives new energy.

Even better is reaching the top. The moment you stand next to that Gipfelkreuz and take in the view is really indescribable and makes you forget all the pain of the journey up. That ultimate moment of happiness always ensures that I start a new hike to the top.

What makes the experience extra fun is that you often meet other hikers along the way. Sometimes you catch up with them, other times they catch up with you and sometimes you walk up together. I now have a lot of pictures of different Gipfelkreuzes with me, my husband and the hikers with whom we shared the experience. And the photos also give me that nice feeling of happiness.

Creating moments of happiness while traveling

Because I know that these things bring me a moment of happiness, I also try to actively look for them when I travel. I like to go to mountainous areas and stay in or near nature parks. Such an ultimate moment of happiness will never get boring.

Tell us, what are your ultimate moments of happiness when traveling? And do you know how to look for them consciously?

About the author

Cindy Veldhuis - van Hunen from Backpackfever

As a passionate traveler and wonder of the world, Cindy has already been able to discover many beautiful places in this world and she still dreams about at least as many destinations. Take her to an unknown place and she's in her element. All her senses immediately get to work. What smells so good in here? What's on that board? Where are all these people going? What do I want to do here? In other words, the Backpackfever strikes and she prefers to see, do and experience everything at once. On Backpackfever.nl Cindy shares her travel stories with other adventurous travelers.

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