A holiday is supposed to be something fun, a way of breaking out of the normal routine of your life for a few days. But if you go to the same place or do something similar over and over for your holidays, you might start to notice that you don’t feel quite as excited about them or as refreshed when you return. If that’s the case, it’s time to try something a little different. One way of changing your holiday adventure is to walk for all or most of it.
The idea of packing a bag, stepping out your front door, and setting off down the road walking may sound odd at first, but that’s only one option for this type of holiday. You don’t necessarily walk the entire trip, although that could be an option. Instead, most people drive or fly to their first destination and then walk from there to the next stop on their trip, then on to the next. This way, you’re not walking for several days in an area you already know. You’re out there exploring a brand new place, and you’re doing it in a way that lets you see it up close and personal!
Walking and Nature
There are many different benefits to walking instead of driving everywhere. For those who love nature, walking gives you the chance to experience everything without any sort of barrier. Of course, this does mean the bad along with the good: for every gorgeous flower or sunlit clearing, there will be mosquitoes or plants with stickers. But that’s part of the beauty of nature and the experience of walking holidays.
Another major benefit to taking a hiking holiday is that you get a good amount of exercise. If you’re not in good overall physical shape, walking for long distances without building up your endurance may not be a good idea, but if you enjoy hiking and hit the gym regularly, you may be ready to try this type of adventure. You’ll get even more exercise than normal, especially if you’re carrying around a heavy bag or camping supplies.
You’re walking everywhere, so you have very few restrictions on how you get to your destination. You don’t have to follow the roads if you don’t want to, although you may come across someone’s private property or another area that is unsafe or that you should not trespass on. However, people usually don’t simply take off walking in one direction. Instead, they work through an agency. This means they have a map and a general idea of what they will do and see while trekking across the country. These maps outline different options you can visit, and they clearly mark any spots you need to avoid.
Experience Cities, Too
You’re not limited to walking through the wilderness, of course. Part of your holiday plans can include walking through cities and towns. Doing so gives you the chance to see the city in a whole new light and discover little shops and restaurants you might otherwise fly past in a car.