I am a huge fan of hiking while on vacation. Basically, everywhere I have ever traveled I have done some type of a hike. These adventures have left me with amazing memories. From short hikes in city parks all over the world, to the top of mountains, to historic military forts, I have seen SO MUCH from adding a day of hiking into my vacation plans! I urge you to do this on your next trip! Here are five big reasons why you should hit the trail on your next vacation.
- Hiking is free.
Traveling is expensive. You not only have accommodation and transportation costs, but you also typically end up spending a lot of money on activities. Hiking is a great option for a free day full of fun! While some hiking, within state and national parks, will come with a fee for a day pass, you can always find free hiking trails. Many of my favorite trails have actually been just on the outskirts of national parks.
- Hiking is healthy.
While traveling people typically eat out a lot, stay up late, and drink more than usual. I know I am guilty of all these things. Adding a dose of healthy into the plans is always a great idea! The fresh air is refreshing and rejuvenating and will certainly boost your mood. You will likely feel proud of yourself for getting out and doing something healthy on vacation, which is always a great feeling.
- Hiking presents excellent photo ops!
Being in nature generally comes with beautiful opportunities for photos. Many hikes lead to beautiful places or beautiful overviews. You will see something you would have not otherwise seen on your vacation. You will also likely have moments of privacy (if it matters to you) to set up photo timers/take selfies or whatever you please! Also, along hikes there are always fellow hikers happy to take photos for each other.
- Hiking relives stress.
While vacation shouldn’t be stressful, it sometimes is. Hiking is a very healthy form of stress relief. Adding a day of hiking in the middle of your vacation is a great idea to burn off any stressful energy. Sometimes you won’t even notice you are anxious or stressed but after a hike you will just “feel better” it’s just simply great to get outside and get moving!
- Hiking is a great solo or group activity.
Hiking can be done solo or with small group, or large group. It is what you make it. Choose a short or long hike, choose a hard or easy hike. With hiking, the possibilities are endless. It is a very customizable activity and that makes it a perfect thing to add to any vacation.
While there are many more reasons than this, these are the top five that come to my mind! What am I missing? What do you love about hiking on vacation? I love hiking and I am always looking forward to my next adventure, wherever it may be!
Much Love & Happy Travels,