How to Decide on a Trekking Holiday
If you want to know how to decide on a trekking holiday you’ve come to the right place. We will discuss why you should consider a trekking holiday, the things you should consider when choosing your adventure, and how to prepare for your trek. After reading the information provided you should have a clearer idea on what type of trekking getaway you want and how to prepare for your adventure.
Why should I consider a trekking holiday?
Trekking holidays are great if you want to see parts of the world that are fairly untouched by modern civilisation. Even some of the most naturally alluring and exotic destinations around the globe have lost their authenticity and appeal after falling victim to urbanisation. Many of these locations are swimming in an ocean of tourists who flee there to ‘experience the culture’, but rather add to the demise of the foreign land.
If you want to see something really extraordinary, start walking into regions where there are no roads, but only on-foot pathways. Where industrialisation and over-commercialised tourism are out of sight and bona fide traditions and landscapes of natural wonder are plentiful in existence.
How do I choose a trekking adventure?
Choosing a trekking adventure can be tricky, with so many different destinations and options available the decision can become overwhelming. Before making a decision on a trekking adventure it is a great idea to do a little bit of research first.
- Visit a travel agency to get travel books on destinations around the world or go online- there are many travel guides, forums and websites available to peruse in the comfort of your own home. Lonely Planet is a fantastic resource.
- Consider things such as the type of scenery and climates you want to be exposed to, wildlife or sacred sites you want to see and other activities you may want to take part in.
- Consider the time you will be able to take off from work for your trekking adventure, including days to travel to and from your main destination and time to recover from possible jetlag.
- Consider the level of exertion, eg. it definitely takes more effort to climb Mt Kilimanjaro than to do a two day bike ride in Vietnam.
How do I prepare for my trekking adventure?
Once you have decided and booked your trekking adventure it’s time to begin preparing for your trek. Some things you should do include:
- Request sufficient leave time from work and ensure that it has been approved.
- Invest in good quality trek clothing and equipment and wear them in prior to your trek (to avoid any unexpected discomfort such as blisters etc).
- Create and implement a training program for your trek which incorporates strength training as well as cardio training.
- If you are overweight you will need to start a weight loss eating plan to ensure you are a reasonable weight for your trek (Note: When trekking you will be carrying a pack that weighs up to 18 kilograms).
- Consult your doctor for advice on any necessary injections prior to travelling. Also, stock up on medications you may need during your trek.
Considering, and taking onboard, the information outlined here will help you feel more confident about your trekking adventure. By knowing what you need to do to prepare for your trek you will be able to plan your exciting trekking getaway without too much added stress and will ensure that you are able to make the most of your trip.