It’s kind of funny being asked to explain something that comes as second nature to you. “Um, you just do it,” comes the reply from the nuclear scientist who splits atoms for a living.
But given I’m so often hike-bragging (hagging?) all over social media under the pretense of encouraging more people to hike on their weekends and vacations (in lieu of shopping), I feel it’s my responsibility to actually break things down for those who are wanting to give it a go, some of you for the first time. Anyone doubting the incredible benefits of hiking it’s worth my flagging:
*Research shows that spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent.
* Just one hour of trekking can burn well over 500 calories (if calorie counting is your caper).
* Another study found that long distance hiking trips may improve antioxidative capacity in cancer patients.
* And this bit of boffinism shows that using hiking as an additional therapy can help people with severe depression feel less hopeless, depressed and suicidal.
In a semblance of order, here’s how I do it:
I make it all about the hike.
Some people travel to a city or region for a museum, or the café scene, or for the wineries. From there they experience other things (great food, sights, smells). When you really want to give hiking a go, go to where the best hike is and build in other experiences from there. It’s not a bad formula to adhere to. Great hiking scenery generally attracts great food and culture and other experiences. And like-minded people.
I use hiking as the raison d’etre of my travelling. That and eating.