Although visiting a bustling city provides you with the ease of getting around via a dependable public transport system, taking the road less travelled and exploring a rural region solely on foot may grant you an adventure of a lifetime. Hiking through the entirety of a holiday may sound too tedious to attempt, but it does have benefits that can positively impact your life in more ways than you’d initially imagine.

Hello There, Sweet Serenity

Unlike the city, there’s nothing overwhelming in a place where houses and cars are few and far between. The peace and tranquility experienced out here are easily appreciated when you spend most of your time back home having to juggle things like looming deadlines. Out here you’re allowed to breathe without the rest of the world simultaneously breathing down your neck.

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Source: Alicia

That already sounds awesome, doesn't it? Throw in the extra element of purely walking from town to town for your entire trip, hiking from dawn to dusk, and that’s when the real fun truly begins. At the end of it you’ll certainly feel a sense of calm and accomplishment like no other.

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Living Without Certain Luxuries Can Be Refreshing

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Hiking several miles a day over a stretch of four to five days is definitely exhausting to the bone, but covering long distances without the luxury of a vehicle really starts to put things into perspective. Walking alongside lovely locals and watching them travel on foot without complaining makes you realise how easy we city folks have it.

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And as much as you’d probably hate yourself in that moment for agreeing to such a taxing trip, the end of each day brings a sense of fulfilment, knowing that you've fought through the physical pain and carried on.

A Shift In Mindset

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All that walking provides you with ample time to think, considering how mundane it is to put one foot in front of the other for about six hours a day. Being immersed in this totally different culture and watching the simplicity of life out here makes you reflect on how you lead yours back home. Issues that have been persistently bothering you suddenly seem redundant, allowing you to let go of stressors that were once taking up too much headspace.

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Source: Alicia

Epiphanies also come much easier in this serene environment, and these positive feelings do stay with you permanently even after the adventure has long ended. Months down the road,  your trip still serves as a good reminder to take a step back and appreciate the little things.

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Learning From The Locals

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Spending several days making your way through village after village and town after town provides you with plenty of opportunities to interact. Some locals won't mind sparing a couple of minutes to chat, and it helps if you have a guide that can act as translator. You'll probably also visit provision shops and eateries situated in the middle of nowhere while you stop for breaks, and these give you extra glimpses into their daily lives.

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Source: Alicia

Those who really want to experience the local way of life can even opt for homestays, but travellers who prefer a tad more comfort can easily check into a nearby hotel without being too far off from the day-to-day activities within the local community.

All in all, an itinerary consisting of mainly walking does make your muscles want to cry out in pain, but the experience is completely worthwhile. It throws you into the unknown, leaves you to think about nothing but your next step forward, and pushes you to take more chances with your adventures in the future.


AUTHOR: ALICIA

 An escapist ironically learning the art of staying grounded through travel.  “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert

An escapist ironically learning the art of staying grounded through travel.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert