Many of us think of hiking as just a long and boring walk, but the reality is that it can become quite a challenging and exciting way to enjoy a holiday. Whether you're travelling to the United Kingdom or are planning on a weekend break somewhere local, hiking can be a brilliant activity for anyone that’s looking for a new way to experience their holiday destination. In this article, we’re going to talk about several reasons why hiking is such an underrated holiday activity and why it should be bumped up in priority.
It’s a money-saving experience
Hiking isn’t very expensive at all. You’re simply just walking and there’s no need for a tour guide to show you around as long as you look up a route on map or website dedicated to hiking.
It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors
If you’re tired of being stuck in a city for your holiday and want to get out for a bit, then hiking is a great way to explore the great outdoors and soak in natural sights, sounds and smells.
It’s a relaxing way to exercise
Walking is a relaxing way to exercise and get the body moving. Many people associate holidays with sitting down, laying down, soaking in the run and generally just being lazy. However, you can turn your holiday into an explorative one that also helps you keep you active by embracing the idea of a hike
There are countless hiking routes
Whether you’re interested in a challenging hike or a slow-paced and relaxing walking on level terrain, there are plenty of unique hiking routes to take part in. Articles like “How Long Is the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge?” are a great way to get an idea of how many unique hikes there are and how challenging some of them can be if you’re looking for a physically demanding challenge.
It’s suitable for anyone
Hiking is suitable for anyone. It’s not an activity that requires you to be accustomed to it before you can enjoy it, and anyone can start walking and pick up hiking as a fun activity to help them get more active and enjoy their holiday in a different way.
It doesn’t require much investment
All you need for hiking is a route and a good pair of boots. Of course, if you’re going to hike a more challenging path then it’s worth investing in some gear such as a water bottle, a compass in case you get lost and some warm clothing if it’s cold. However, if you’re just going on a regular hike then you really don’t need to invest in much gear.
A hike doesn’t need to be surrounded by nature
People often mistake hiking as something that needs to be done on a mountain or in the countryside. However, the reality is that hiking is something that can be done in a city as well. Hiking is simply just a long walk, so if you prefer the city backdrop to mountains and forests, then you can always hike across an urban environment too.
Would you consider hiking for a holiday experience?