There’s no shortage of awesome trips you can take. Indeed, that’s part of what makes traveling so much fun — no matter what you have an interest in, there’ll be a trip that allows you to enjoy it to the fullest. Let’s take hiking adventures as an example. You can hike close to your home, sure, but you can also venture to another part of the world and spend a few days hiking there, too.
This type of trip does require a bit of extra work, however. In this blog, we’ll run through some essential tips that’ll ensure that your trip is as fun as possible from beginning to end.
Pick The Right Destination
First thing’s first: where are you going to go? A good thing about hiking is that most places have areas that are great for walking. However, that can also make it a little difficult to choose somewhere. How do you decide where to go when you can go pretty much anywhere? It all depends on what you’re looking for and how far you want to travel.
There are places that are mountainous, which require a higher technical hiking ability, or you can pick somewhere with rolling hills and trees. Perhaps the main consideration will have to be whether you travel out of the country or you stay within the borders.
Also, think about the weather: if you live in a mild climate, then hiking in Spain during July might be too hot to handle.
And The Right People
Traveling with the right people is important at all times. But it’s especially important when you’re going on a hiking trip. That’s because there will be times when the going gets tough, and if you’re with someone who moans the second things become difficult, then you’ll be in trouble! It’s best not to drag or try to convince people to go with you.
If it’s something that they also want to do, then great — but if it’s not, then let them stay at home. You’ll be grateful that you did once you’re on mile 17 of the hike, and you know that they wouldn’t be enjoying it.
Get The Gear
You can go for a brief hike in regular clothing. But if you’re going for a long hike, and doing it over multiple days in terrain that you don’t yet know, then you’ll want to get some real hiking equipment.
The main thing will be the shoes, but it’ll also be important to have the right clothing. Something breathable and suitable for the weather will be fine.
Also, think about your backpack — you’ll be carrying it a lot, and if it’s not comfortable, then you’ll be giving yourself an unnecessary problem.
Work Your Body
You’ve probably already got a moderate level of fitness if you’re planning to take a hiking trip.
But it’s always good to ensure that your physical conditioning is up to scratch. If it’s not, then you’ll just have body pains by the time you’re halfway through the trip. So look at working your body beforehand.
There are plenty of different exercises that you can do to build up your leg strength. If you do a leg workout with dumbbells and spend time on a bike machine and cross trainer in the weeks/months running up to your trip, then you’ll be good to go.
It’s also recommended to practice yoga, too, so that your body is loose — it’ll make it less likely that you get an injury.
The hiking will be the main focus of the trip, but you’ll also need to sleep somewhere.
You’ll likely be somewhat limited by the rurality of your destination, but you’ll have a few options. You’ll have to choose whether you want to camp or stay in regular accommodation.
Both have their merits, and you can also choose to have a mix of both. If you are camping, invest in a good tent, sleeping mattress, and sleeping bag. Nobody wants to go for a long hike after a night of awkward sleep.
Time To Rest
Finally, if you’re going for more than a few days, be sure to schedule some time to do nothing other than rest.
You might want to keep walking, but we all have our upper limits!
You’ll be thankful for the time to relax. Plus, you’ll likely be staying somewhere beautiful, so it’ll give you a chance to slow down and do nothing other than enjoy the view and the sound of silence.