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Tips For Independent Walking Holidays

Ananta F. Benvenuto Sunday, July 25, 2010 ,
Independent walking holidays are a superb way of exploring the world and it is even better if you choose mountain walking. No matter whether it is mountain holidays in your own country that you opt for or you choose to explore the mountain life in some other country, you are sure to find people who think the same way as you. There is many a mountain retreat available today fully equipped with the present day amenities so much so that you will want nothing. You can connect your ipod to the stereo system and enjoy your favorite tunes or make use of the UK shaver socket you will find in the amazingly large wet room.

If you are looking for independent walking holidays then you can plan them yourselves or you could choose to make use of a tour operator.
If you are a first timer, you might want to choose a tour operator who will arrange everything for you right from accommodation, food as well as experience guides to take you around. Depending on the place you go to, there may be just one hike per day or several hikes each of which might require a different level of skill or experience. It would be wise to find out all the details first before you are booked into a mountain retreat.

If you are arranging the independent walking holidays yourself then you will have to book your own accommodation at a mountain retreat as well as the transport which will take you to the starting point of the hike not forgetting the detailed guides and maps. Among the equipment that you will need to carry are a backpack, hiking socks and shoes, water bottles, poles, a raincoat, hat, jacket and other kinds of clothing depending on which place you will be going to. Additionally, you may be required to carry a first aid kit, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, bear spray and of course, a digital camera.

Before you take one of these independent walking holidays, make sure that you start on a program of walking so that you are in shape before you go on your mountain walking trip. Also make sure that your hiking boots are comfortable and not pinching you. Also, test your equipment like hiking poles to make sure that it is working properly. You will also have to arrange for your transportation to the place whether it is flight and then a train or a rental car which will then take you to your mountain retreat. If you book in advance you might avail of a charter flight and get a better price.

Another thing you ought to do before you go on one of these independent walking holidays is to check your visas and passports as well as vaccinations which need to be done well before your date of departure. You could even consider travel insurance with medical cover. Many a mountain retreat might even arrange for your pick up and drop.

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