Five Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Hiking Vacation

If you are planning a hiking vacation this year, you might want to take the adventure to the next level. From hidden beauty to trails that introduce you to ancient culture, and treetop accommodation, there are several ways of spicing up your hiking vacation and making the most out of your time spent close to nature. Below you will find a few unusual ways to do so.

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  1. Get a Local Guide

The best way to explore areas that are not well known is getting a local guide. Don’t settle for the usual tours that most tourists go on; get in touch with a local tour operator who will be happy to share the hidden secrets of the area, and the myths surrounding geological features. You will be able to find your local guide in national directories, or by visiting a tourist office. Remember that the most knowledgeable person might not be on the high street. You might also want to check out G Adventures Machu Picchu Hike to experience local living and ancient cultures.   

  1. Stay In the Canopy Layer

Some tours and hiking vacation packages allow you to book a hotel in the canopy layer of the rainforest, and sleep listening to the sound of nature. You will love the tranquility and the different perspective this type of hiking vacation offers, and you can really experience what it is like to live alongside different species.

  1. Try EcoTourism

To make your hiking tour even more memorable, you could book an Eco lodge that has an outdoor fresh water shower, and is powered by wind and solar energy. You can try organic local food, and detox at the same time. Eco tours are generally operated by local organizations, and the majority of the income is reinvested in preserving the ecosystem and protecting vulnerable species in the region. You can meet famous and passionate conservationists who will tell you everything they know about the ecosystem and its vulnerabilities.

  1. Combine Yoga and Hiking

You could also go on a yoga vacation that combines outdoor living, healthy eating, and hiking with yoga. Your retreat will deliver several spiritual and physical benefits. Whenever you feel like you would like a break from the civilization, you can visit one of the yoga retreats in the forest, exploring the surroundings on foot in the day, and starting and ending the day with yoga and meditation.

  1. Stay With Tribes

The best way of finding out more about the life of people in remote areas is by living with them. You can book your accommodation in a mountain town or village, and eat, sleep, and party with the locals. Find out more about the customs, traditions, and beliefs of people living by the mountains.

Making the most out of your hiking vacation and taking your experience to the next level is a great way of getting closer to nature. Whether you are looking to explore ancient cultures  or local biodiversity, there is a perfect tour waiting for you.

Take A Hike! Vacationing In A Mountain Town

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From the perspective of someone who hasn’t gone on a vacation in a mountain town, the touchstones are usually twofold: Aspen, and South Park! But there’s more to your humble mountain town than a bunch of foul-mouthed children and some skiing! And if you are considering going on a vacation in a mountain town, there are so many common touchstones that you need to experience. Here are a few.

Quiet Mountain Walks

The big draw in any mountain town are the mountains (well, duh!). Go to Jackson County in North Carolina, and head around the mountain trails, or go camping so you can see these areas of beauty close up. The great thing about mountain walks is that you are getting some exercise, but you’re also taking it slow, and absorbing the beauty of the nature around you. Heading to a sleepy mountain town isn’t about that snail crawl pace of life, it’s about experiencing the wonder of these beautiful landmasses all around you.

Explore The Rich History

For those who aren’t so keen on exploring mountains, you can explore the history of these beautiful places. Dahlonega in Georgia is where the first large-scale gold rush took place, back in 1828, and in the town, you can visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, check out the museum and courthouse and experience the cultural legacy of this region.

Relax In The Luxurious Accommodation

It’s truly a wonderful thing if you open your curtains in the morning and see beautiful clear skies, snow-capped mountains, and just take this in for a moment and realize how much beauty is in your eyesight. It’s even better if you a can do this in luxury accommodation. The Marriott’s StreamSide Birch at Vail in Colorado is one of the places to stay to get all the amenities you need, but it’s the perfect starting point when heading on a mountain adventure. Or if you’re planning on skiing, you’ve got a nice relaxing bed to get back to! Chalets and log cabins are in abundance in the Colorado mountains, and it gives you that extra bit of comfort, especially when you are embarking on physically exhausting hikes or skiing excursions.

Wander The Quiet Streets

Part of the charm of a mountain town is the peace and quiet. One such place that typifies this is Lewisburg in West Virginia, it makes you feel like you’ve wandered into a movie from the 50s! But this isn’t the only attraction, the food is to die for! If you like your food wholesome and homely, Hill & Holler Pizza serves up delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and the various beers on tap mean you can have a glass or two and really let yourself go! Once you are fuelled up, you can wander the quiet streets and really enjoy what being in a mountain town is all about!

Mountain towns aren’t all about skiing vacations, and though you can certainly make this part of a package, make sure you take the time to appreciate the beauty of any mountain town you head to.

Explore The Beauty And Excitement That Croatia Has To Offer!

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Croatia is the perfect travel destination for anyone that is looking for an exciting vacation that is centered around the beauty of nature. Thanks to its diverse terrain, Croatia was actually named as the Destination of the Year in 2006 by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Croatia truly lives up to its official tourism slogan of “The Mediterranean As It Once Was.”

Croatia is located in Southern Europe. The country features a wide variety of terrain. Throughout the northern areas, you will find lakes, hills and plains. The coastlines of the Adriatic Sea are quite rocky, while Gorski Kotar and Lika have mountains which are densely wooded. Like the terrain, Croatia’s climate is also quite varied. In addition to the terrain and climate of mainland Croatia, there are also over one thousand diverse islands which make up offshore Croatia.

Croatia is most famous for its breathtaking national parks. In total, there are eight different national parks throughout Croatia. In addition to national parks, Croatia boasts ten different nature parks. Under Croatian law, national and nature parks are both protected areas of nature.

In addition to the wonderful natural attractions of Croatia, all the major cities offer a thriving nightlife. There are a countless number of delicious restaurants, and many of these feature live music for your listening pleasure. If you are looking for bars or pubs, you won’t have a hard time finding them.

Overall, Croatia really is the perfect destination for anyone. With a little searching, you should be able to find a reasonable price for a flight over there. Once you arrive, you will find that you can have a lot of fun for a reasonable price. Accommodations throughout Croatia are also well-priced and quite pleasant. Regardless of what you are trying to get out of your vacation, you will be able to find it in Croatia!