Now the summer is over, you may already be considering your next holiday. Many summer holidays are often full of indulgences. We over eat and we make the most of lazing about by the pool or on the beach. If you’re hoping your next holiday may be a little more active, why not plan some travel that gives you plenty of opportunities to improve your fitness? Here are just a few of the ways you can make the most of the hikes, walks, and climbs:
The Lake District
Thanks to Alfred Wainwright there are dozens of excellent walking paths documented, mapped and even illustrated. The Lake District certainly offers some of the most stunning views to enjoy while you’re there too. Each walk is graded by difficulty. It would be worth starting with an easy one to see how you cope. The weather here changes really quickly so pack for every eventuality. Remember, the terrain can be changeable too, so invest in some good walking shoes.
You don’t have to climb to the top of this mountain to make the most of a good hike. And, you’ll still be able to say you tackled Everest! The base camp trek can extend to a whopping 16 days across 70 miles. But you can book your holiday to dip in for just a day or two if you prefer. One of the best parts of this is meeting the other enthusiasts and the local people that live in the region. It can certainly be inspiring, but the full climb is only for the very fittest.
This trail stretches from Georgia to Maine. It can be done in one go if you have the time, and you’re happy to ‘go’ in the woods. Many people tackle this each year, so you’re bound to bump into others who are enjoying the hike. Packing a tent is essential, as well as your own toilet roll! You may be able to forage if you know what you are doing. The alternative is to carry everything with you, making the most of the cabin stops along the way.
Yosemite Grand Traverse
This one will definitely test your fitness levels and push them too. Pack light for this as some of the trails and paths can be steep and difficult. You can look for the best packing cubes to organise your luggage, giving you access to what you need as you face each of the challenges. Of course, many visitors to this National Park stay only a day rather than an overnight. But if you want a great workout, this one is hard to beat at about six days long.
Of course, you could enjoy some amazing city walks too. Sydney offers walkers plenty of options. You have the harbour and the precinct areas. But many people who come here want to walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This isn’t always possible to try to book in advance. If you’re staying in the city, you won’t need to bring too much with you for this one either.
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