News

10 benefits of walking holidays

Travel Weekly

There are flop and drop holidays, self drive discovery trips and fully escorted bus tours, however one of the most rewarding holidays is a walking holiday.

On Foot Holidays, which offers 28 self-guided inn-to-inn walks across Europe, has come up with 10 benefits of taking a walking holiday.

Walking is a great way to keep fit

Benefits of walking include increased cardiovascular fitness, stronger bones, improved balance, reduced body fat, increased muscle strength, lowered risk of disease and even reduced stress and anxiety. While many holidays involve hours spent sitting in a car, coach or train, walking holidays ensure that you exercise as you explore the world.

It’s a calming, meditative form of travel

‘Solvitur ambulando’ is a Latin term literally meaning ‘it is solved by walking”. Walking provides free-thinking time for travellers to ponder the meaning and beauty of life and solve problems.

Walking holidays provide intimate encounters with destinations

While walking, travellers can notice the fine details of trees, houses, fields, towns and castles, instead of just glancing at sweeping scenery out of a coach window. Walking puts the traveller in the centre of the picture.

They provide encounters with real people

As you journey through the countryside, you meet locals, farmers, shopkeepers, fellow travellers and hospitable guest house owners.

Walking is very affordable

Because you’re using your own two feet instead of hiring a car or catching a coach or train, walking holidays are far less expensive than many other forms of travel.

Eco-friendly

Walking is friendly to the environment – no carbon emissions. And as walking trails are much thinner than motorways or roads, walking leaves a much smaller ecological footprint.

There’s that feeling of accomplishment at the end of the walk

Walking provides a personal sense of achievement when you arrive at your destination – much more pronounced than any sense of achievement you get from a coach or rail trip or cruise.

They’re soul-filling and spirit-inspiring

As travellers slowly and leisurely take in nature’s beauty, they are filled with a spiritual sense of awe. Some of the world’s foremost creative minds gained inspiration from walking through the countryside, including William Wordsworth, Beethoven, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf and more recently, Steve Jobs.

Walking takes you to places that coaches, planes, ships and trains can’t

Walking tours give travellers heightened access to the world, enabling them to go off the beaten track as they wander through fields, rugged countryside, quaint villages, forests and vineyards.

You set your own pace

Walking tours cater for independent travellers. So if you’re keen to take things slow, you can set a leisurely pace and even extend your stay at the guesthouses along the way. Or, if you’re a fit and fast walker, you can make sure that you are not slowed down by slower travellers as you bound across the countryside.

walking-tour-england

 


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Travel Agents

Flight Centre appoints Michelle Degenhardt as global sustainability officer

The newly created role was made to ensure the company’s business practices are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Chris Watson Travel welcomes new Sydney-based team members

Rumour has it the Tamworth-based travel group has brought out the good bikkies for morning tea to celebrate this fantastic news.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Wendy Wu offers free single supplement on popular tours

Tell your solo travelling clients to pack their bags because this sale includes savings of up to a whopping $3,550 on some of the tour operators most sought after trips.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Tonga tsunami shakes up tourism across the Pacific

La Nina, COVID, and now tsunami warnings have made it hard for influencers to get their #hotgirlsummer pics for Instagram. Who knows if they’ll have enough for throwback Thursday posts once Winter comes around?

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Marketing team cleaning rooms, HR clearing tables as Omicron strips QLD hotel workforce

Gold Coast baristas are experiencing quite a bit of schadenfreude at the sight of an HR worker trying to whip up a flat white when they’ve clearly forgotten what type of milk the customer requested.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Pacific region take top city and country for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 list

Start planning your local travel itineraries, because the travel trend overlords at Lonely Planet have just released their picks for the year.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

The CDC just made COVID regulations optional in US waters

Cruising in US waters is about to become as rough and tumble as the wild west with health authorities essentially allowing cruise lines to make their own rules (kind of).

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Flight Centre Travel Academy teams up with Tourism Whitsundays so agents can ‘Work, Study + Play’ in paradise

Fancy levelling up your qualifications with a shiny new diploma while living and working in one of Australia’s most prime tourism destinations? Click this way.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Trans Bhutan Trail to open to tourists for the first time

G Adventures has been chosen as launch partner for the legendary trail, making it the first tour operator to guide travellers along the trek.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Flight Centre’s top destinations to visit in 2022 explore every corner of the world

The travel-savvy agency has put out a huge list of incredible places to visit so prepare yourself to break the bank this year; provided you don’t come down with the spicy cough, that is.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Qantas and Jetstar cut flights as Omicron dampens travel expectations

Omicron has metaphorically dampened Qantas Groups travel expectations and La Nina has literally dampened the entire nation. It looks like Aussie Summer is not going the way anyone had hoped.

Share

CommentComments

News

Queensland throws away border restrictions as WA brings in home quarantine

The team at Travel Weekly have a running bet about which border update will be announced next. The most money is on either QLD or NSW shutting the borders to each other depending on how State of Origin goes.

Share

CommentComments