Trekking holidays have always been popular. In the past they were the domain of either the professional trekker who scaled the heights of K2 or Everest, or people who enjoyed walking as a hobby and walked locally in places such as Ben Nevis or Snowdon. Today the idea of trekking holidays and guided trekking holidays has become popular with many different types of people, from the very young to the very old, and there are lots of different types of holidays to be enjoyed by all.
But what if it's your first time how do you go about choosing the right trekking holiday for you? Here are a few tips which will hopefully put your right on the right track (no pun intended).
– Where would you like to go, do you want to stay in your home country, or would you like to travel to somewhere different?
If you stay at home there are no passport or flight expenses, you may be able to drive or take public transport to your starting point, and most things will be familiar to you. On the other hand, if you travel abroad you will experience different scenery, customs, food, and maybe better weather!
– When you've decided where you might like to go, or at least narrowed it down, decide whether you want to trek alone, with friends or sometimes a group of people that you do not know.
There are benefits to all these and it depends on what sort of person you are. If you are traveling alone for the first time it's probably best to join a group with a guide.
It's easy to get lost, and with a guide you will no doubt see things which you may miss if you travel alone, on the other hand a group may restrict you if you have a particular interest such as photography or ornithology. If this is the case choose more specialist company who deal with these kinds of more tailor trekking holidays.
– Do you have fixed holidays for your job, or are you flexible?
If you are traveling abroad on your trekking holiday some regions have optimum times for visiting, for example you would not want to be trekking in the Alps in December, unless you were skiing of course!
Many European destinations are excellent in May and June because the weather is warm, its not too hot for walking, and the fluora and fauna is also at its best. If you are in the UK then July and August can be good because until then the weather can be unpredictable and very wet and windy.
– Lastly choose your travel company or type of accommodation.
If you've decided to join a group trekking holiday then ask around for recommendations and check out reviews on the internet. There are lots of companies out there if you're not sure then contact them direct, they will tell you what sort of people your fellow traveling companions are likely to be, give you an idea of how much walking and how many days there there are , and what sort of nationalities your companions will be.
They will also be able to give recommendations as to which trips to choose. If you have decided to go it alone or with a friend independently, check out what sort of accommodation is available locally along your route, if there is not much choice you could always take a tent!
Theses are just a few considerations for choosing your first trekking holiday, and although they are by no means a definite list of questions to ask yourself, it's a good place to start.