10 benefits of walking holidays


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.


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.



Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

Walking Holidays

Latest News

  • Events

“Ghost in the Rocks” – Australia’s first Halloween festival

The Rocks will be transformed into a ghost town from Thursday, 31 October to Sunday, 3 November with Australia’s first Halloween festival – Ghost in the Rocks. The new festival is set to put Sydney on the Halloween map as the creative minds behind Mov’in Cinemas, Bastille Festival, and Xmas in July present Ghost in […]

  • Hotels

Radisson Hotel Group brings world-class hospitality to Cagayan de Oro

The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residences, Cagayan de Oro – the city’s first 5-star hotel – is the next stylish upper-upscale property from the Radisson Hotel Group. The 717-key project is set to become a new landmark for the coastal city of Cagayan de Oro, in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines. It features […]

  • Events

Brisbane Festival 2024 returns from 30 August

Experience a rich tapestry of culture, celebration, and community throughout the city as the Brisbane Festival 2024 returns from 30 August to 21 September. The fifth program from artistic director Louise Bezzina invites guests to experience the pinnacle of artistry with world premieres, Australian exclusives, Queensland commissions, and Brisbane spotlights across 23 days. Tt brings […]

  • Aviation
  • Destinations

Singapore Airlines to launch flights to Beijing Daxing from November

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced a new daily route between its capital city hub and Beijing’s Daxing International Airport. The flights are set to begin operating from 11 November 2024 assuming there are no complications with regulatory approvals. Located in the south of Beijing, the airport gives customers convenient access to the Beijing, Hebei, and […]

  • News

Touropa adds European river cruises to product offering

Touropa, the flexible coach touring company, have announced an exciting extension of its travel program to include more than 100 European River Cruise departures. Touropa, a collaboration between Sun Island Tours and Europamundo Vacations, is a global touring provider renowned for its extensive range of flexible and affordable travel options, and this expansion is aimed […]

  • Events

Christmas in July 2024 program

Save yourself a flight to the UK for a wintery Christmas and jump on the Hume Highway down to icy Canberra.

  • Hotels

Opening of Argini Hotel in Syros Greece

Located in cosmopolitan Vaporia in Ermoupolis, Syros, the Argini Hotel has opened its doors at the world’s second most welcoming city for 2024. Built in 1853 to house the family of Gregoris Paikos, a leading figure in the Greek Revolution, Argini Hotel was renovated with ethos, modern artistry, and utter respect to its neoclassical history. […]

  • Food & Beverage

Nobu Bangkok the World’s Highest Nobu Restaurant at EA Rooftop at The Empire

Nobu co-founders Hollywood star Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, plus eponymous chef Nobu Matsuhisa have visited EA Rooftop at the Empire ahead of the official launch of the world’s highest Nobu restaurant in the heart of Bangkok. With unparalleled dining experiences with breathtaking panoramic views of the Bangkok skyline and the Chao Phraya River, […]

  • Hotels

Nesuto celebrates five years of success with five five-night stay vouchers competition

Nesuto is offering guests the chance to win one of five five-night stay vouchers that can be used at any Nesuto apartment or apartment hotel across Australia and New Zealand as part of its 5th anniversary celebration. Guests and team members are invited to contribute to a digital time capsule that captures their favourite memories, […]