Walking for a Holiday

Never considered a walking holiday? Think again. Walking on holiday is one of the most accessible as well as most inspiring ways you can spend a week or two - both for the landscape, the fresh air, and the slow pace of travel which allows you to experience parts of the world that you would normally miss.

It's also a great way to get out of your routine and the stress of modern living - and provided you have convivial company, it can be alot of fun too, and you can make new friends for life.

The good walking companies, from whom we have made an excellent selection - if you choose to take a tour - provide meticulous planning, organising charming inns or small hotels to stay along the way, and taking your luggage from place to place. Whether lunching al fresco on a simple or more elaborate picnic, or stopping at an inn for a snack, you can be sure of a rewarding feast in the evening. These organised walks take you through some spectacular scenery, too - places that are often inaccessible by bus or car. It's good to have a guide, as they can point out highlights as well as local history along the way.

One of the best walks I did was in the Sinai desert, camping each night under the stars, taking it in turns with the Bedouin to ride on camels or walk. In the heat of the midday sun we would all collapse under an acacia tree for a kip. But walking in the cool of the evening, and then gazing up at the starry heavens in the dead silence of the night - that is a 'before you die' experience that no one should miss.

Last, walking is open to all, provided they have a modicum of fitness. And it's a cheap holiday too. For the experiences you have, a walking holiday has to be the best value break of all - you come back to your desk completely revitalised. So don't just think about it - get out there and book one, and I promise you will want to go again and again.

Some great walking holidays

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