A walking and cycling holiday is one of the best ways to experience a country while enjoying the health benefits of exercise and the therapeutic benefits of the great outdoors. Combining both pursuits also gives you a great mix of seeing landscape in a different way, while also keeping things fresh and interesting. It’s because of that, unsurprisingly, that these types of vacation are steadily climbing in popularity.
As for having an excellent walking and cycling holiday that you’re likely to remember for a long time to come? Here are five quick tips that might help with that.
Getting a good pair of shoes that you can preferably use for both activities is really important should you wish to remain pain and blister free. Make sure you try out various styles and sizes before you leave and try and break your shoes in gently by doing gentle exercise of this type before ramping up the intensity while on holiday.
All Weather Clothing
If you’re considering having a walking and cycling holiday in France or anywhere else in Western Europe, the chances of rain, or any other type of weather, are fairly high. To be on the safe side (and to ensure you don’t get washed out or completely burned) take a variety of clothing that you can slip on at a moments notice that will protect you from the elements.
Get in Shape
To really help maximise your holiday experience it’s a good idea to get in shape before you take off for your trip. Spend a couple of months or weeks leading up to the trip gently exercising in order to not put yourself under so much strain come vacation time. Exercising outside is obviously cheaper than a gym and is much more better equipped to prepare you for the outdoors than an indoor treadmill ever would.
Basic Bicycle Knowledge
Understanding how a bicycle works, its component parts and how to fix a tire are all useful and time efficient activities to undertake as you prepare for your trip. Knowing how to quickly repair a bicycle, especially if stuck in the elements and far from help, is something you can learn to do easily at home and help save you a lot of grief in case of emergency.
A Little Research
A little research and planning can go a long way when it comes to walking and cycling holidays and figuring out the best routes to take and how best to maximise your time. Have a look at enthusiast websites or any guide books about the region you’re planning to explore, no doubt they’ll be plenty of suggestions to help you better prepare.
A walking and cycling holiday is an experience that everybody should look to savour at least once in their lifetime. Not only is it a great and healthy way to see a lot of a place but it’s fun too. Even more so if you share your time with friends and family or even as part of a group.