22 Aug 2013 by Olga Brighton
It’s a strange thing, but if the boom in walking holidays is anything to go by, the less we have to walk, the more we seem to want to. No other type of holiday lets you experience your surroundings quite so intimately, while boosting your mental and physical fitness.
At Globelink Travel Insurance, we cover all sorts of itchy feet. Planning a leisurely ramble around the vineyards of Alsace? No problem - we have policies for people aged up to 84. Out to conquer Kilimanjaro? We’re with you all the way. Unlike many insurers, our specialist trekking policies cover you up to an altitude of 3,500 metres. That includes helicopter rescue should you be unlucky enough to have a medical emergency - along with the other essential cover you need if and when ‘stuff’ happens. Because stuff can happen, no matter how fit or experienced you are.
More of us are living longer, fuller, fitter lives, hence the demand for challenging treks in Nepal or the Machu Picchu. Hiking a stretch of the Great Wall of China is also increasingly popular. Hikes take around 7-10 days, enough to give you a genuine insight into a very different China beyond the bustle of Beijing. For an equally stretching stroll, how about Jordan? The week-long trek takes you from the Dead Sea to the pink city of Petra (ideal for finding your inner Indiana Jones.)
Unsurprisingly, with some of the best hiking on our doorstep, many of our clients are choosing Europe. Madeira’s volcanic scenery and rushing levadas make it a walker’s paradise - and not all of the day trails are “a piece of cake”, either! For many, France has it all. Iconic trails, like Corsica’s gruelling GR20 or the Tour du Mont Blanc, put even the best to the test, and are well-served by all-inclusive packages. On the other hand, when it comes to softer hiking, tailoring your own walk couldn’t be easier. Just map out your route from a 180,000 km network of well-signed footpaths, and munch your way around the Loire valley or the beaches of Brittany.
If that’s too déjà vu for you, Slovenia is a good bet, offering sparking alpine and lake scenery in Triglav National Park. Croatia - in the limelight this year - offers stunning hill walking, with the Adriatic as a backdrop and a stay in Dubrovnik a highlight on most tours. And look out for Albania; it’s already emerging as an outstanding destination for discerning hikers.
Wherever you’re headed, go safely with the three essentials - a first aid kit, the right equipment and a decent travel insurance policy. Enjoy your trip!