But it’s so easy to fall into the same trap in the planning stage. You may choose the same hotel chain for convenience, book the same rental car company, enquire about private transfer costs etc, and you overlook the simple beauty of just walking.
Walking in your chosen destination helps immerse you more into the Country’s culture. If you walk around a local market you will interact more with the people who live here, and delve deeper into their way of life. Now have you thought about taking it one step further and choosing a walking holiday?
Walking vacations are a way of opening your eyes more and experiencing the world. When you aren’t in a rush to travel around, walking around places gives you time to enjoy the scenery, and appreciate your destination more deeply.
Feet Do Travel share the benefits of choosing a walking holiday for your next vacation.
It may be nice to visit tourist destinations, after all, there is a reason many people visit a particular City or Country, but it’s more rewarding to get off the beaten track.
Walking forces you off well-trodden paths, away from tourists and lots of people. If you’re exploring a city on foot, you’re much more likely to find something special. For example in Penang, we visited the back streets of this Malaysian island when following the street art trail.
Similarly, there are some places you simply cannot reach other than on foot. Whether lush rainforests, treacherous mountain paths or stunning savannah views, there is so much to see that can only be found by walking.. Guided walking tours are popular for this reason, as a structured way for tourists to discover the best natural and cultural sights without getting lost.
Everyone knows the health benefits of de-stressing; the instant relaxation felt when dropping off your bags at your holiday accommodation is priceless. For sun worshippers, the promise of lazy days ahead on a sunbed, or the enrichment of new cultural experiences in a City break are a world away from the everyday hum drum back home. The simple act of breathing in fresh air when visiting a new location, and exploring your destination can be mentally invigorating.
With a walking vacation, there are additional health benefits added to the mix. Walking tours guarantee a minimum level of physical exercise, and this is great for cardiovascular health. A healthy heart minimises the risk of stroke, and exercise releases endorphins which mitigate the impact of stress.
If you don’t choose a walking holiday, maybe you can talk half a day to do a short walk amongst nature during your vacation, which will also benefit your health. Walking through a forest with a group of friends or your kids is a healthy way of enjoying each others company.
The decision to take a walking holiday is a decision to not to rely on motorised transport – apart from travel to and from your destination of choice. Choosing a walking trip a sustainable option, and responsible travel is the way forward. Travelling by car adds a significant amount to carbon footprint of your stay, whereas walking adds nothing at all. Walking vacations are eco-friendly!
Lastly, trips with large walking components can be significantly cheaper than other forms of vacation.. For one, you aren’t hiring a vehicle or paying for fuel, and you aren’t paying for taxis to get around. Public transport is a cheaper way to travel, but in Countries like Japan, even train travel is hard on the wallet. Walking vacations tend to focus on exploring natural landscapes where generally there are no entrance fees, making it a more cost-effective way of visiting a destination.