If you’re an avid traveler, you have to ask yourself the question if you really are a true traveler. What are the things you’re looking for while travelling, and what are the things you do there? There are so many people who opt to go on hiking tours, and if you’re one of those brave and adventurous people, good for you as we have a couple of destinations that you should definitely check out. If you’re not adventurous or into hiking, these are also the places that you could visit at least once in your lifetime. Also, if you’re a newbie in this department and want to go hiking with your friends for the first time but have no idea where, take a look at the following tips:
1. The equipment
Before continuing with the actual destinations, we should make sure that you know what to take with you on such an adventurous trip. So obviously, the most important thing to have with you is a good daypack that will be enough for the days you spend hiking (even if it’s a one-day hike, it’s still important to know how to choose a daypack). Since you will be thirsty a lot, you should make sure to have plenty of liquid with you, so taking a high-quality 2-litre water bottle (or two just to be safe) is the right thing to do. Moreover, choose the right clothing (depending on the weather – but you will have to do your homework beforehand on this one), and walking sticks if you want. You should pick at least two pairs of your most comfortable shoes since you will be walking a lot. It’s also very advisable to take with you an insect repellent, a hand sanitizer and a sunscreen.
2. The destinations
Tour Du Mont Blanc, Europe
You are supposed to choose one destination for your hiking experience, but what about a trail that goes through three different European countries? Yes, we’re talking about the Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. Killing not two but three birds with one stone, huh? This is one of the most popular hiking destinations, not only in Europe but far and wide as well, and it’s popular for a good reason. The whole route is 170km long, and it will take you about 11 days to go through it entirely, so it’s probably a route for experienced hikers. However, if you’re a newbie, you can always choose one country out of these three and just walk a portion of the trail. The views are mesmerizing, so make sure to bring your camera and make some of the best photographs ever.
Dove Lake Circuit, Australia
On the other hand, you can choose the Down Under as your hiking destination. And even though it has so many hiking places to offer, you should definitely check the Dove Lake Circuit in the Cradle Mountain National Park first. It’s a way shorter trail than Tour Du Mont Blanc (only 6 km long and it will take you approximately two to three hours), but it’s worth every single step. During these couple of hours that you will spend on this somewhat easy trail, you will get to see the boat shed, which is already photographed a lot (built in the 1940s by the first Ranger at Cradle Mountain), the magnificent Glacier Rock and the peaceful and beautiful rainforest Ballroom Forest. Definitely a trail worth visiting.
Yosemite, North America
So, if you’re in America and still haven’t visited the Yosemite National Park, this is your chance to go. It offers many walking trails which you can choose, including the most popular Half Dome and El Capitan. Beware of the magnificent beauty found there – from towering waterfalls and millennia-old Sequoia trees to some of the most unique rock formations in the United States. What’s also good is that inexperienced hikers can also find something totally interesting here – the National Park offers guided tours and climbing lessons. Just know that this destination is extremely popular, and you will probably have a lot of tourists around you hiking as well. But if you start your day very early in the morning, you will be able to experience this Mother Nature’s gift in its best form.
Of course, the globe has so many other hiking places to offer, some of which are probably easier and closer to your home. However, if you want a hiking experience of a lifetime, these three should be the imperatives. Grab your gear, pack your friends and let’s go!