The number of people walking out their front doors, tent in hand, to go camping is on the rise. According to the Statistics Portal, camping has risen from more than 41 million campers hitting the trail in 2008 to nearly 45.5 million in 2014. Wanderlust and a focus on the great outdoors in popular social media platforms like Instagram have more people than ever searching for some time in nature, away from the bustle of daily life and among the flora and fauna.

It's not just the arts that have us craving tree time instead of screen time. It's also science. Study after study shows that there are measurable benefits to being outside, from reducing stress to making us think more positively about the world. Some of us enjoy escaping so much that we keep a go-box ready full of the necessities for camping so that we can up and leave at a moment's notice.

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Getting outside is good for the heart and soul, and an overnight stay brings even more benefits, such as the spectacular sight of a blanket of stars overhead. If science isn't enough to encourage you to give camping a try, then perhaps the following photos featuring the views that campers around the world soak in during their outings will be the necessary inspiration to get out the door. And don't forget to bring the dog!

Tents of green and blue mirror the shape of the nearby mountain. Tents of green and blue mirror the shape of the nearby mountain. (Photo: natalia_maroz/Shutterstock)

Tip: Find a location to set up camp before dark. Ensuring you have a safe camping site with daylight left means you won't be trying to hike around looking for a spot in the dark, and potentially getting lost as a result.

Tent camping offers up unequaled views of sunset and sunrise. Tent camping offers up unequaled views of sunset and sunrise. (Photo: Stas Tolstnev/Shutterstock)

Tip: Make sure your tent is weatherproof, and that you bring a sleeping bag suitable for any kind of weather. It's both uncomfortable and dangerous to find yourself with a lightweight sleeping bag if the temperature drops lower than expected.

The stars put on a show for those who get out far enough from the city lights to see them. The stars put on a show for those who get out far enough from the city lights to see them. (Photo: Sergii Broshevan/Shutterstock)

Tip: "Leave No Trace" is a code among those who venture into wilderness, whether it is for an hour-long hike or a months-long backpacking trek. Whatever you pack in, pack out so that you help maintain the splendor of the wilderness.

One of the best parts of tent camping is enjoying a warming fire. One of the best parts of tent camping is enjoying a warming fire. (Photo: Shaiith/Shutterstock)

Tip: A warm fire is one of the pleasures of camping. Check out the regulations for fires in the area before starting one. Some areas may have a temporary ban on fires due to dry conditions and the risk of wildfires. Other areas may allow fires but only in certain locations. Also, make sure your fire is completely out before leaving camp.

It may be freezing, but the cold heights of mountain tops are well worth the struggle for the view. It may be freezing, but the cold heights of mountaintops are well worth the struggle for the view. (Photo: Stas Tolstnev/Shutterstock)

Tip: Dress in layers! Weather is famously unpredictable, and you never know if temperatures will rise or drop unexpectedly. Wear layers when camping, so that you're ready for anything.

The warm glow of the tent is welcome shelter against the cold of Lapland.The warm glow of the tent is welcome shelter against the cold of Lapland. (Photo: Sander van der Werf/Shutterstock)

Tip: Don't forget the essentials including a multi-tool knife, a first-aid kit, a headlamp and waterproof matches.

The Milky Way shines bright for those camping under the stars in the Karakoram range, PakistanThe Milky Way shines bright for those camping under the stars in the Karakoram range, Pakistan (Photo: Yongyut Kumsri/Shutterstock)

Tip: Don't lose your way. Be sure you have a map of the area as well as a compass so that you don't get lost. Even people who know an area well can get lost when venturing off trail. Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be back before you leave so that if you do get lost, someone will call search and rescue for you.

This view inspires us to find our most epic camping site ever. This view inspires us to find our most epic camping site ever. (Photo: Mikael Damkier/Shutterstock)

Tip: A long day of hiking and taking in amazing views can make a person hungry — and thirsty! Along with packing lots of snacks, don't forget to bring plenty of water. It is better to bring too much water than not enough. Many people underestimate how much water they will need while on the trail.

A full moon lights up a campsite as well as any street lamp. A full moon lights up a campsite as well as any street lamp. (Photo: Sander van der Werf/Shutterstock)

Tip: Know your wildlife. Check out the animal species that live in the areas you're camping and be prepared, especially if you're camping in bear country. But it isn't just predators to be wary about — birds, raccoons, foxes and other wildlife can snag your food when you aren't looking. Take extra precautions to keep a safe distance between you and any overly curious critters.

The comforting glow of the tent is doubled as it reflects of the still water of a pond.The comforting glow of the tent is doubled as it reflects of the still water of a pond. (Photo: Jens Ottoson/Shutterstock)

Tip: New to camping? Perhaps you haven't heard of terms such as cairn, gaiters, holloway and verglas. Brush up on your camping terms before heading out.

The aurora is a phenomenal sight, especially when far from the glow of city lights. The aurora is a phenomenal sight, especially when far from the glow of city lights. (Photo: Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock)

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.