While juggling work, friends, and family commitments, it can be hard to find the time to stay active. I find that when I’m on holiday I walk far more than when I’m at home, and here are a few reasons why I love walking on holiday:
You get to see more
While many people think that you’ll actually see less if you spend more time walking on holiday, since you’re usually traveling slower and won’t have time to fit as much in, I disagree.
If you pick some places you’ve been wanting to see which are near each other you can then stroll along the road on the way from place to place, discovering aspects of what life is like in that place which you wouldn’t see if you were stuck on a bus or in a car. You’ll get to see people shopping, working, talking, fighting, and flirting. You may find shopping bargains as you’re walking, or stumble across that amazing restaurant which you never would have tried otherwise.
You’ll be more active
Walking is a great way to stay fit and healthy. It’s low impact and still burns calories, so you don’t need to feel so guilty about indulging in extra pasta or gelato. You don’t need to be super fit, and can grab a bus or taxi whenever you’re feeling a bit too tired.
Your photos will be better
Often when I’m traveling I’ll end up at the same destination as all of the other tourists, taking the same photos, and wondering why mine aren’t as good as I thought they would be. Unique photos are simply better, and if you photograph the aspects of life that you’re walking past you’ll be more likely to get better and more interesting photos.
You have more freedom
When you choose to spend the majority of your time walking, you don’t need to rely on bus and train schedules, or wonder if there will be taxis around at a certain time of the day. I love enjoying complete freedom and being able to go wherever I like, whenever I want.
You’ll save money
Often when we’re traveling we fail to allocate money for transportation, and this can be something which quickly adds up. While subways and buses may be cheap in some parts of the world, in others they can be very expensive, and the same thing goes with taxis.
One thing I find the most annoying about traveling is when taxis are unmetered. I hate bartering with taxis and tuk tuks, especially when I know exactly what the price should be and it’s inflated due to the colour of my skin. I find that I save much more when I make an effort to walk instead of using transportation, which is just another bonus when you consider all of the other points above.
If you’re planning to do a lot of walking on your next holiday (and you should) be sure to buy some comfortable walking boots.