LOOKING at the present popularity of walking holidays, the less we have to walk, the more we seem to want to.
And it is easy to see why - no other type of holiday lets you experience your surroundings quite so intimately, while boosting your mental and physical fitness.
At Globelink Travel Insurance, we cover all sorts of itchy feet.
Planning a leisurely ramble around the vineyards of Alsace? No problem - we have policies for people aged up to 84.
Out to conquer Kilimanjaro? We’re with you all the way.
Unlike many insurers, our specialist trekking policies cover you up to an altitude of 6,000 metres.
Should you be unlucky enough to have a medical emergency at altitude, our policy covers helicopter rescue along with other essential cover when ‘stuff’ happens.
And stuff can happen, no matter how fit or experienced you are.
More of us are living longer, fuller, fitter lives, hence the demand for challenging treks in Nepal or the Machu Picchu.
Hiking a stretch of the Great Wall of China is also increasingly popular.
Hikes take around 7-10 days, enough to give you a genuine insight into a very different China beyond the bustle of Beijing.
With some of the best hiking on our doorstep, many of our clients are choosing Europe.
Madeira’s volcanic scenery and rushing levadas make it a walker’s paradise - and not all of the day trails are ‘a piece of cake’ either! For many, France has it all.
Iconic trails, like Corsica’s gruelling GR20 or the Tour du Mont Blanc, put even the best to the test, and are well-served by all-inclusive packages.
On the other hand, when it comes to softer hiking, tailoring your own walk couldn’t be easier.
Just map out your route from a 180,000km network of well-signed footpaths, and munch your way around the Loire valley or the beaches of Brittany.
Slovenia is a good bet, offering sparkling alpine and lake scenery in Triglav National Park.
Croatia - in the limelight this year - offers stunning hill walking, with the Adriatic as a backdrop and a stay in Dubrovnik a highlight on most tours.
And look out for Albania; it’s already emerging as an outstanding destination for discerning hikers.
Wherever you’re headed, go safely with the three essentials - a first aid kit, the right equipment and a decent travel insurance policy.
Enjoy your trip! Globelink Travel Insurance: for people living in Spain and all other EU countries.
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Or you can telephone Globelink on 00 44 1353 699082 or their Spanish links line on 966 265 000 or 951 242 434.