The idea of spending a vacation trudging through the wilderness may not appeal to everyone. However, for those that are adventurous and like a challenge, it could be a fun and rewarding experience like none other. Hiking is a sport that is accessible to people of all ages – and you can do it practically anywhere in the world. Below are just five reasons to consider a hiking vacation.
It’s a chance to reconnect with nature
Hiking is a great opportunity to get away from the digital world and the hustle-bustle of urban life. It can be a calming escape for many people and a chance to reflect on what really matters. On top of benefiting your mental health, the sun and fresh air could be great for your physical health.
It’s a great opportunity to get fit
Hiking can be physically challenging – especially if you’re travelling over a long distance over several days. Many people use these vacations as events to train towards (this could be particularly the case with a mountain climb or a long cross-country hike). Unlike a beach vacation, it’s a chance to improve one’s fitness. At the same time, you can take it at your own pace – there are more leisurely forms of hiking that can keep you fit without having to push your body to its limits.
You’ll see some spectacular sights that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see
Some of the world’s most beautiful places including the ruins of Machu Picchu and the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro are only accessible via foot. Hiking gives you an opportunity to explore these places and take in the breathtaking views. This sense of adventure is what draws so many people to hiking.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money
A hiking trip doesn’t have to be expensive. It depends on where you travel to and where you stay – you may be able to hike somewhere locally and stay in a tent, practically spending no money in the process. If you’re serious about hiking, you will want to invest in some equipment beforehand. By taking time to compare different hydration packs and different hiking boots, you can make the best purchase. More complicated hikes may require you to pay for a guide, which could push the price up.
It can be a great for family bonding or making new friends
There are many family-friendly hikes that you can take around the world. Without distractions such as TVs and smartphones, it could be a great opportunity for family bonding. A hiking vacation could also be an opportunity to make new friends. If you’re a solo traveler, you could sign up to a group trip in which you could get to meet fellow solo travelers. Alternatively, you could plan to travel with existing friends or work colleagues. Some people may even prefer to travel alone, using it as an opportunity to enjoy their own thoughts and set their own pace.