Walking Tips to Booking the Perfect Holiday
Taking a walking holiday sounds great fun, fresh air, exercise and the company of likeminded people. However choosing the wrong type of holiday could be a miserable experience, it’s so important to choose the right one for you and your ability.
It is well worth doing plenty of research beforehand so at Pinnacle Walking Holidays we have put together some walking tips for making your holiday experience a memorable one; for the right reasons.
Choosing the Right Company
There are so many walking holiday companies to choose from. All offer a huge variety of holidays, so decide first if you want guided or self-guided. Think about how much of the organising you want to do yourself.
Self- guided provides you with a map and concise routes so it’s important you can use a map and compass. Guided gives you the opportunity of being with a larger group and the security of being led by an expert who knows the area. How fit you are is an important criteria when choosing who you go with. Self-guided can be done at your own pace, you decide, however on a guided holiday there is likely to be a programme where the type of walking is chosen for you.
Prepare in Advance
Walking Holidays allow you to improve your fitness while you enjoy the outdoors, however they can vary considerably from challenging trekking in the mountains to low level walking in the countryside.
Look at the grades of walk on offer and decide the one that suits your level of fitness. Ensure you do plenty of walking before you go to avoid aching limbs and sore feet, especially if you are doing multi-day itineraries.
Clothing and Equipment
Taking the right gear is very important, think about the type of walking holiday you have booked. We have put together a list of items that would cover most walking holidays (more specific items may be required on specialist holidays).
- Walking boots or approach shoes with good soles
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Walking trousers/shorts
- Walking T-shirts
- Soft shell/fleece jacket
- Good walking socks
- Warm hat/gloves
- Rucksack & cover
- Sunglasses/lip block/sunhat
- Water bottle-at least 1 litre capacity
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking/trekking poles-map and compass
- Dry sacks to keep clothing and other belongings water tight