Walking holidays are fast becoming popular, and with so much to offer the family, it’s easy to see why. If you live in the UK, the scenic venues include the Lake District and certain parts of the West Country, and let’s not forget Scotland, which has some of the most spectacular walks in Europe. If you want to get the most from a walking holiday, there are many things to consider, and if you and your family are thinking about next year, here are some useful tips that should help you choose the right holiday.
- Consider Fitness Levels – A novice would not enjoy a rigorous route, and if the terrain is challenging and you are not used to it, it could make the experience an unpleasant one, but with experienced online organisers, they can advise you on the right routes, whatever your age or fitness level. It would be advisable to take on a few one day walks in preparation for the holiday, and even a few hours on a Sunday would help, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the holiday.
- Choice of Holiday Venue – There are guided walking holidays in Spain, which is particularly popular, and just about every other European nation is on the menu. There are obvious benefits to walking abroad, and it is perhaps the best way to experience a unique culture, and with so many interesting destinations available, you and your family can make an informed decision.
- Guided Walking Holidays – All the hard work is done for you with a guided walking holiday, and you have the added benefit of an experienced local who knows all the special places that are not on the regular tourist route. Your accommodation is all booked in advance and the pace is such that is suits your level. Ideal for families and people who aren’t too adventurous, as you are being guided every step of the way by a professional.
- Self-Guided Walking Holidays – This if for the people with a pioneering spirit, and although you are armed with all the necessary maps and information, you are the boss, and therefore decide when you stop and for how long, and if you want to take a different route, why not? Of course, the company would not simply abandon you, and the level of assistance you require would depend on how adventurous you planned on being.
- The Right Clothing and Footwear – Of course, wherever you go, you must have suitable clothing, and the holiday organiser would help you with a list of suitable items to bring, and bear in mind the climate at the time of year, as some places can be very cold, especially at high altitude.
You should spend some time when looking online at holiday tour companies, and try to find one that focuses on walking holidays, as they would have the experience and expertise to organise such a holiday.