Are you thinking of taking a hike on foreign soil?
Before you jump on your plane, or even think about packing your bags, there are a few little things you might want to consider sorting out first.
Planning a successful hiking trip away from home is a task that is rife with challenges. It’s important that you think about more than just the basics of your trip when you’re in the planning stages. Many hiking trips can be undone by overlooking the simplest of factors, take a little look at our list of things to think about before you head away on your very first international hiking trip:
Have you considered the customs of your hosts?
As soon as you step foot in another country it’s important to remember that the same cultural rules do not apply. What might be socially acceptable behaviour in the UK could well be completely taboo where you’ve touched down.
Before you jump on your plane, take the time to research the cultural mores of the host nation that you’re visiting. Their social customs might seem odd, but going along with them will make your trip a lot easier.
What will the climate be like?
The weather might well be very different where you’re heading – have you thought about what you’re going to pack? Us hikers are very much creatures of habit, we like to wear the same clothes for each hike so that we know how we’re going to feel and so that we can guarantee that we’re going to hike at our very best. However, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the forecast of where you’re travelling to, in case you need to prepare for a climate that’s a little out of the ordinary.
Are you hiking on paths or in the wild?
You should know what kind of route you’re going to be walking before you head out. Whether you’ll be following a path or spending more time orienteering will dictate what gear you’ll need and whether or not you’ll need a guide.
If you’re choosing to take a route less worn in a country that might not be too safe then you should seriously consider hiring a local guide, in case you might need to converse with locals in a hurry or in a tense situation.
What’s the best accommodation for you?
What kind of place you choose to stay in will effect the kinds of walk that you choose to go on. If you’re happy camping, then your options for walks will be significantly opened up.
If, however, you prefer staying somewhere a little more comfortable, then you might find that you’ll have to stay in a more urban location which could limit where and when you choose to hike. Splash out on a luxury villa in Provence, for example, and you might be sleeping well each night, but you’ll be limited to circular walks in the area you’re staying.