It's hard to make ourselves walk in our day-to-day lives. Unless you are one of the lucky few who live just a short walk from work, chances are your natural instinct when you go anywhere is to break out the car or hop on a bus to get to your destination. But when you do take the time to walk somewhere, do you ever notice how much more of the world you see?
It's just the same when you are on holiday. Walking and taking in the local sights, sounds and smells will give you a much more holistic experience of the country you are visiting than just sitting in a car or on a coach. When you view the country through the window of a vehicle, it sometimes feels like you are watching the scenery slide by on TV. Dust off your walking boots and hit the hiking trails with enthusiasm to really get a flavour of what this new place is all about.
How to find a walking holiday
Plenty of companies all over the globe specialise in arranging walking adventure tours for people visiting the country. From easygoing day excursions to full on 10-day hikes, there will be something to suit your timescale and abilities wherever you go. If all you want is an afternoon strolling around the city with a guide, you'll be able to find it and if you are looking for a challenging hike to the most remote parts of the country, you'll find that too.
Many adventure tours combine walking and hiking with coach travel, giving you the opportunity to explore deeper into the country you are visiting. You will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the start of your walk from where you can make a direct walk across the countryside and be met at the other end by the coach to take you home.
The walks undertaken can be as easy or as challenging as you like. From brief two or three hour city or monument tours through to extended hikes that take up to a week or more, every country has its own variety of walking opportunities and people who can help you.
The benefits of going on an organised walking tour
Because you are on an organised walking tour, there is no stress at either end of the walk relating to finding transport to or from your accommodation. Added to this, there is no chance of getting lost and being stranded away from your accommodation whilst you are out. Because you are with a local guide, you will be able to find out more about local landmarks and natural wonders as well as being shown the most interesting places and stunning views. By taking part in an organised walking tour, you can be sure that your time abroad will be well spent and that you won't miss a single thing.
Frank Batten has been writing about all sorts of adventure tours
for many of the web's most popular travel and tourism websites for many years now. She lives in the Cotswolds with her two dogs and husband and regularly enjoys taking some walking tours of her own in the stunning local countryside.