3 ways to better enjoy your walking holiday

November 6, 2014

Walking holidays are increasingly popular and an excellent way to see a new region, but before going on a vacation like this, it's essential to prepare. Here's how to get the best out of a walking holiday and enjoy the experience.

3 ways to better enjoy your walking holiday

1. Agree on a suitable destination

Walking holidays require fitness and stamina, so pick one suited to your ability. If you rarely exercise, then a three-week trek to Everest Base Camp is probably not for you.

  • Most walking holidays are graded to a person's ability, so check out the easier walks if you are a novice, or pick a vacation that is centre-based so you can take a day or two off if needed.
  • Trying to keep up with people on a seven-hour walking schedule each day is not for everyone, so think carefully before booking and pick a suitable holiday.
  • If you have any doubts, then talk it through with the tour operator.

2. Get training

Walking holidays are not for people to get fit; the operators expect to deal with already fit people. This is very important because people who are unable to participate or keep up can put themselves and others in danger.

  • Start by getting into a regular walking schedule three times a week and gradually build up the distance and endurance.
  • You can also incorporate alternative forms of exercise, such as swimming and cycling, to build muscle.
  • If you need to lose weight, factor that into your fitness program as well.
  • If your walking holiday includes trekking and hills, then go on some long-distance walks before your vacation to build stamina, and to get a sense of how much your body can handle.
  • If you're concerned about your fitness, talk with your family doctor before booking the holiday.

3. Take the right gear

One of the most important things to take on a walking holiday is a pair of comfortable hiking boots. These need to be broken-in beforehand and are vital for the vacation.

  • You will also need a backpack and waterproof clothing, as well as base layers and a fleece jacket.
  • A walking holiday company will inform you about the best items to take.
  • They can be invaluable when out in the mountains.

A walking holiday is an excellent way to see open countryside and mountains, but does require a certain amount of preparation. Once you know you're ready, you'll have a great time.

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