In the words of the Proclaimers…I would walk 500 Miles…
Walking…it’s something we all do, and something some people love to do more than others. In fact, some people love it so much that they take themselves off on holidays to stretch their legs amidst some of the most beautiful terrains and landscapes in the world.
Walking holidays: We love ‘em!
We have a few fans of walking holidays here in the office who have been to Jordan, Nepal and up Kili to name just a few places.
Walking Holidays can be amazing. But they can also be less-than-enjoyable if you choose the wrong one, or if you are not prepared.
For that reason, we have put together the only guide you will ever need to ensure that you enjoy that perfect walking holiday…
1. Be mindful of the difficulty grade score
Walking holidays tend to be graded based on difficultly. These grades range from “Leisurely” to “Tough”. Leisurely trips are suitable for anyone who is fit and healthy enough to complete a weekend of walking. These treks aren’t completely flat, but you should have enough time between ascents and descents to recover before hitting the next one. The “Tough” trips are – you guessed it – tough! But they are a dream for those who are fit and enjoy a challenge. The tough trips include challenging itineraries such as climbing glaciated mountain peaks, and you can expect to be on your feet for up to eleven hours or more!
2. Check out the health requirements well in advance
When you book your trip, we will provide you with Trip Notes for the particular package you choose. Within those trip notes, you will find details of any statutory vaccinations you will require. If you choose a trip that keeps you within Europe, you should get your hands on a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which you can enquire about at your local Post Office or on the HSE website
. Furthermore, some of our trips go to high altitude. While ample time is always allowed to ensure acclimatisation, there is still a chance you could suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness. This is particularly true if you have some other pre-existing medical condition. For this reason, it would be wise to visit your GP before travelling.
3. Get travel insurance
Even if you do have the European Health Insurance Card, it is important that you do not ignore the need for travel insurance. Some of the treks will bring you through some really remote areas, and things such as weather, politics, airlines, and other uncontrollable factors can mean that any holiday could end unexpectedly. Be protected with adequate travel insurance.
4. Make sure you are aware of all the “need-to-know” info before you go
No matter what country you go to, you should always set out to find out as much information about it prior to departure. The web is a minefield of info on destinations around the world - Google is your friend!
5. Ensure you have a visa
There would be nothing worse than arriving at the airport to realise that you don’t have a visa for your destination. Advice pertaining to visas is included in the Trip Notes you will receive upon booking; however it is usually your own responsibility to obtain any visa you might need.
So there you have it. Aside from packing your bags for you, you can go on your dream walking trip without a worry in the world.
Still humming “I Would Walk 500 Miles…”
If you are, then why don’t you try DOING it? Well OK, maybe not a full 500…
If you are interested in going on a walking holiday in 2014, get in touch with Monica or Colette on 01 8047181.