Consider Walking Tour of Your Dream Destination
What’s the best way to see outstanding scenery, enjoy the fresh air out of doors, and experience a new, fascinating culture? More and more people are deciding that a walking tour of their chosen destination is not only the best way, but for them, the only way. Those same people will take one important step before making the final “where” and “when” decisions, however.
This essential step involves making a side-by-side list. In fact, this is a great technique for making decisions of any type. A single sheet of paper, with a line drawn vertically down the middle, gives you a planning document. On one side of the line, write the positive points and reasons to go. On the opposite side of the line, write the reasons not to go or reasons to choose another destination.
Don’t Lose the Excitement
As you make your list, do all you can to hold on the original excitement you felt when you began talking about your holiday. The chances are very good you’ll have a lot of items on the “positive” side and few on the “negative” side. In fact, some people may discover there are really no good reasons to stay home or select another location.
When you make your plans and create your list, consider the magnificent scenery and the local culture as two of the major elements that draw you to your destination. If you’re uncertain, at any level, give some thought to a guided walking holiday, or a self-guided tour offered by experienced travelers who know your location intimately.
With either option, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a new culture, and perhaps a new language, through a process called “immersion.” When you live in that culture each day, it’s likely you’ll pick up some of the important words, both formal and more common, such as Spanish slang used across the globe. This last benefit could be quite useful if you travel to more than one destination where Spanish is the primary language.
If you decide to walk with a professional guide who knows your destination, you’ll find him or her sharing information you might miss otherwise. There are often sites and landscape details you’ll miss unless someone is there to point them out to you. Naturally, you’re going to see the gorgeous scenery, simply because walking-tour planners make sure they offer some of the most-desirable locations on the planet.
You should also consider visiting one of the excellent websites and blog pages of experienced travelers, to get useful information about planning for, and packing for, your holiday. Apart from the natural beauty, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy local foods, view crafts and art produced by local citizens, all while being assured of having a comfortable place to rest when the day’s travel ends.
Some travelers may be concerned about not being able to keep up with the group on a walking tour, but planners account for this by offering tours for individuals of similar fitness and age, and even design holidays for couples and small groups. Accommodations are always of sufficient quality, so resting for the night won’t be a concern. Think about it – This could be the best holiday of your life.