5 Reasons To Go On A Walking Holiday

This post has been written in collaboration with Inntravel #SEEINGSWITZERLAND, but all words and thoughts are my own.

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In 2014 I travelled to Finland for an expedition. It was part of a university module, and our plan was to go out and photograph bears. We travelled from Kajaani to a wildlife centre near Viiksimo, then to another near Suomussalmi and then braved the train up to Rovaneimi. That was an adventure! (We also went snow shoeing – as seen below! Photo on the below right thanks to Louise Groom!) Now besides that, I haven’t really been on a specifically active walking/hiking holiday – just day/weekend trips – despite me loving the idea of this style of holiday.

I guess part of that is laziness (isn’t it easier to just book one of those typical beach/city holidays?) but part of it is also because I’ve just never really had anyone who wanted to do the same thing. That said, I’m someone who loves nothing more than to pull on my running shoes and go explore a new town on my own and I do it every time I go on holiday, no matter what kind of trip it is!

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#1 The Weather Is Unpredictable, But Can Be Incredible

A normal day in Britain could see you experiencing sunshine, rain, overcast, hail and snow all in the matter of an hour. I’m sure other countries are similar, but you know, that’s the chance you take when on an outdoor trip. Don’t let that put you off.

You can choose where you want to go, and ultimately the kind of weather you want. If you want to see snow and hike in a colder place, Austria, Switzerland, Norway or Finland may be top choices. Sun-worshipper? Then maybe Spain, India, Morocco or Cyprus would be your thing. Some countries even have a good mixture of both, so really you just need to decide what you want and check what it’s like out there at that time of year. When I visited Finland, we experienced both snow and sun, as you can tell in the two photos above, the weather differs even just a 5 hour drive away!

#2 Muscles You Didn’t Know Existed Will Ache, But You’ll Be Fitter

And you should sleep well afterwards! If you’re not used to being out all day in all weather, walking about, then yes you probably will be sore afterwards. You can always go at your own pace though, so don’t feel like you have to be some super fit athlete to be doing it. Most walks will have a difficulty rating, and quite often there will be a few different routes that you can take.

The more you do it, the fitter you’ll get and soon you’ll be running up those hills! Or okay, maybe not. You’ve also got the option to cycle around these kinds of places too, which brings a whole different kind of trip.

#3 Getting Lost Is An Adventure, You Find New Places

Hands up, who can read a map? I dabbled a little in map reading at university. And by that I mean I tried, tried a little more and didn’t do very well. I mean technically you don’t really need a map. There are plenty of walking holidays with toured walks, or ones where you just have to follow a path and signposts. Getting off the beaten track can be fun, but only if you can get yourself back on track!

Many a time have I gone out to explore, taken a different turning or path and discovered something new. I still do that in my local areas! Doing this, you’ll see a lot more of the natural country than a regular tourist would, and you’ll come away feeling like you’ve discovered a country’s secrets.

#4 There May Be No Mobile Signal So Switch Off, Enjoy The Quiet

We’re all getting a little too reliant on social media nowadays aren’t we? I mean, is it even news unless you’ve seen it on BBC Breaking’s twitter account? Nope. I am fully aware that I rely on social media far too much. Forever checking Twitter and Facebook, forever wanting to post that photo on Instagram.

I went to Wales last year and the signal was absolutely awful. We were lucky if we managed to scrape one bar in our cottage, and wifi, well, that was expensive. So you know what we did? Enjoyed the outdoors, explored the surrounding area and yes, we played board games. It was refreshing. You can post that photo on Instagram when you get back to real life.

#5 Go Solo And Join A Walking Tour, Make New Friends

This is one thing I haven’t done yet, but something I aim to do. Solo travel doesn’t have to be scary or lonely. There are plenty of tours and groups out there that will guide you around a country along with other travellers.

If, like me, you have no one to enjoy this kind of holiday with, you don’t have to swear off them. I’m planning a solo trip myself for the end of 2018. I mean, if anyone wants to join me they can – but I’ll still be going regardless! (Well hopefully, as long as the saving works out…)

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#SEEINGSWITZERLAND with Inntravel

Now Inntravel call themselves specials in ‘slow holidays’. Holidays that give you time to fully savour every moment of your trip: travelling through beautiful landscapes; tasting local cuisine; relaxing in family-run hotels and talking to the locals. They basically aim to get you away from that typical city break or beach holiday and experience something new.

Trips they offer include walking holidays, cycling, snow breaks, family breaks and privately guided. Currently they are promoting their self-guided ‘From the Eiger to the Matterhorn’ trip, giving you the chance to see some of the best walking tours in all of the Alps (and the Alps are pretty special – I was lucky enough to be driven through the Swiss Alps on my way home from a college trip!)

I received a Mammut XERON ELEMENT 30L rucksack, Sigg drinking bottle, Viktorinox hiker Swiss army knife, two pairs of walking socks and some luxury Lindt Swiss chocolates. (Oh those chocolates were definitely luxury!)

The Mammut bag you can see in the photos above, and it is quite a big backpack – great for long days out. I found it quite comfortable to wear and didn’t have any parts rubbing on the three hour hike that I took it on. With a laptop pocket, main pocket, front organiser pocket and another small front pocket (perfect for a map I would say!) you’ll easily be able to split items apart for easy access. 30L is actually quite roomy, so it’d be great for a walking holiday.

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  • Tracy K Nixon

    I could only but dream of walking in New Zealand but would happily go walking around the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland!

  • I try and do a lot of walking when I am on holiday than just sit around and lazy and when I return everything hurts but its always worth it.
    I would love to do a walking holiday in Switzerland one day

  • Abigail Hamilton

    I’d love to walk the Samaria Gorge in Crete

  • julie kenny

    I enjoy walking in The Lake District – I love the landscapes x

  • Tracy Hanley

    Would have to be scotland

  • Jayne Townson

    I would choose the Scottish highlands, because it’s so relaxing and peaceful there.

  • Kelly E Hirst

    I’d love to go on a walking holiday in Wales, it’s the perfect destination

  • Solange

    The Lake District.

  • melanie stirling

    The Highlands of Scotland.

  • Morgan Miller

    I love number 2 so much! And Scotland would definitely be my dream walking holiday x
    Morgan // http://www.justmorgs.com

  • Beverley Cousins

    The Lake District

  • suey1969

    Bird watching in Costa Rica!

  • maci234

    scotland

  • Tama Brail

    I would go walking in the Lake District – beautiful

  • lovely giveaway, the good ol’ forest of dean :)

  • Susan Smith

    Would go to the Lake District

  • Elizabeth Smith

    I went skiing with the school a scarily long time ago. The scenery was stunning, unlike my skiing! I am somewhat athletically challenged, and had far too much of a vivid imagination to make a good skier but I’d love to return to the alps in the summer so I can appreciate the scenery without having someone shout “Bend zee knees” at me.

  • 1749302288

    Lake District

  • Kazz Usher

    I would love to go walking around Iceland, the pictures I see make the place look so beautiful.

  • Amy Withnall

    Scotland – it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to go.

  • Kristyn

    I would love to go on a walking holiday to the Lake District. It looks very pretty there!

  • charlau

    I’d love to walk through the jungles of Peru

  • Stevie

    I’d love to go for a tour all around Scotland.

  • Graham Ross

    I would love a walking holiday to the Lake District

  • Sheena Batey

    I would hike in the New England area of the USA

  • Pam Smith

    The Highlands of Scotland

  • Tee simpson

    I would love to go walking in Devon

  • Lorna Ledger

    If I could Maine USA, around the beautiful lakes x

  • Adrian Bold

    The Lake District

  • AgentAllan

    Iceland

  • Leila Benhamida

    Switzerland

  • Helen Stratton

    I love the Peak District, so I’d go there.

  • Annabel Greaves

    I loved the Austrian mountains when I visited, it is the most picturesque place to go walking x

  • sallycollingwood

    Isle of Skye, looks lovely

  • haxell

    I’d love to walk the various coastal paths around the UK – the scenery is marvellous and there are so many interesting places en route.

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  • Robert Price

    Along the North Wales coast

  • Margaret Dring

    The SW Coastal path

  • Sheila Reeves

    Would love to do a walking holiday in northern Spain, or Menorca – and also around Devon

  • Ruth Harwood

    Great wall of china!

  • id go to wales

  • JULIE WARD

    The lake district

  • Sheri Darby

    We have walked from Kent to Dorset – next leg Dorset to Devon

  • Keith Hunt

    We go to Iceland a lot and then back to the Grand Hotel.

  • Allan Fullarton

    Great Wall of China

  • Amanda Gregory

    Italy, around Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast

  • maria blythin

    great wall of china x

  • Petra Hora

    Cornwall

  • Anthea Holloway

    I would love to walk in the Rockies of Colorado

  • Craig Havery

    the hindu kush

  • Dianne Mike (Travel Loafers)

    We are doing this now, walk around the world, of course, trains, planes and automobiles help us to get to start points. Great article.

  • Rachel Murray

    I love the idea of a walking holiday. I would feel much more confident if I was in a group, rather than trying to map read myself. Great post!

    • Map reading is definitely scary if it’s not something you do regularly!

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    I’ve always enjoyed going on walking holidays, so much can be taken in also a lot of health benefits by walking.

  • Nicky

    I was honestly so tempted to go on a walking holiday this year but the beach got the better of me! It sure does sound like fun though!

    • The beach often wins over here too haha!

  • I went on my first walking holiday this year and loved it (mostly!). It was certainly an interesting experience for sure!

  • Walking holidays are so amazing, they really connect you with nature and take you away from the buzzing of the cities. I sometimes go walking on the coast, where I live, and enjoy every moment of peacefulness from up there.

  • Roxana Snedeker

    Being an introvert I do not see this going well for me, going solo and making new friends…but looks like a great time!