In 2020, we’re hazarding a guess that you, like many of us, have experienced some disruption to your travel plans whether it’s your annual family beach vacation or a bucket list multi-country adventure. Staying safe and sheltering in place means staying at home and even with positive announcements plus some countries lifting their restrictions, it’s looking likely that the next six months will see barriers to travel.

During this time and looking forward, one of the main questions we’re asking ourselves is what will the rest of the year look like for travelers? Industry data is reporting that there will be a decline in international travel however a recent survey from Avvio in a four-week study of personal 2020 travel plans, showed that 71.5% of respondents intended to travel domestically post-COVID-19.  

Why Not Explore Your Local Area On Foot?

If you’re not already interested in hiking, now is the time to start discovering your backyard or the wonders of your region. We’re all guilty of not appreciating what’s right in front of us so when it comes to hiking in your local area or home country, there’s sure to be stunning landscapes, coastlines, or summits that you can take on or revisit. Further to this, hiking is one of the most sustainable travel and leisure activities you can enjoy with neuroscientist Shane O’Mara promoting its remarkable impact on us as human beings:

“Walking stimulates all sorts of things within us that are good and positive and foster health and wellbeing. This is something which is kind of lost in our modern world that has progressively restricted the range of movement that people can engage in.” 

This infographic, ‘How to Prepare For Your First Day Hike’, from Gabor Shoes is designed to help you make a plan for hitting the trails. Regardless of if you’re an experienced hiker or just looking to experience the outdoors for a fun, safe activity, this will help you learn more about everything from the physical benefits of hiking through to the shoes that will keep you supported on a range of terrain. Get outside and travel in a new way — you never know what history and culture you’ll enjoy as well as sublime natural beauty. 


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