Where to go On Holiday in 2018-Hiking Vacation Destinations

Hiking - a destination vacation that isn't for the faint of heart. If you love the great outdoors and you love to hike then we’ve got at least seven suggestions for you.

You’ll want to conduct your own research, but we’re hoping that you’ll use this guide as inspiration to look further into the seven mentioned here.

Kalalau Trail is found in Kauai, Hawaii - this can be a day hike or a two day hike. There is camping available only at two points on the trail, and there is no potable water.

The camping areas are Hanakoa and Kalalau Beach You’ll need to bring your camping supplies as well as a permit to hike past Hanakāpīʻai Falls. The trail is eleven miles long and dates back to the 1800s.

Portions of the trail were rebuilt in the 1930s. It’s recommended that the earlier the start, the easier the going will be. The trail goes through five valleys and is the only way to access the Na Pali Coast on the island.

  • Trail Length: 11 miles.
  • Age Limit/Requirement: N/A
  • Average time of Hike:1 - 2 days
  • Skill level recommended: Moderate

Accommodations: There are camping areas in two parts, and there are shaded resting points all along the trail

Cities/Sites on the Trail: Ke’e Beach, Hanakapi’ai, Hanakoa, and Kalalau Beach

A beautiful national park and some pretty difficult terrain. While you can hike it without guidance, I would personally recommend a guide or guides. For one - the terrain and area are vast - if you accidentally get lost this isn’t a good thing.

In addition the strenuous terrain that is part and parcel with Yosemite, there is some comfort in knowing that your guide or guides have done this before and enjoy it.

Yosemite

They’ll be able to confidently lead you to planned, and safe, resting areas for the nights you’re on the trail and you’ll be able to enjoy the experience of camping in Yosemite.

Guided hiking tours of course will be expensive - but look for deals and plan in advance. You’ll want to be in top form to take this hike on.

  • Trail Length: 60 miles
  • Age Limit/Requirement: N/A - although Older teens and adults is what I’d recommend
  • Average time of Hike:8 days
  • Skill level recommended: Expert

Accommodations: Camping and more campin. If you’re not an outdoorsy type, then this one might not be for you.

Cities/Sites on the Trail: Yosemite National Park

Inca Trail which goes from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a another stunning trail. This one will be steeped in South American history as the trail itself has ruins and was created by the Incan people.

You’ll want to do your research on this trail as there are numerous companies out there willing to help guide you. I recommend looking at an overall site that want’s to help you make the decision, not a business run site that is aimed at getting you to buy their wares.

This hike has stunning views and leads you to the ‘lost’ city of Machu Picchu - another wonder to behold. Please make sure that you’ve taken care of all you need to - like travel arrangements, vaccinations, and planning for this trek - to enjoy it to the fullest.

Something to consider with this hike is that it actually starts about 51 miles outside of Cusco.

  • Trail Length: 26 miles
  • Age Limit/Requirement: N/A
  • Average time of Hike: 4 days
  • Skill level recommended: Moderate

Accommodations: There are camping areas along the trail

Cities/Sites on the Trail: Cusco, Inca ruins, Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu

Tour du Mont Blanc - which spans three countries is a wonderful hike. The area for this hike takes place at 10,000 m - something to train and consider. The trail can be navigated in two directions - clockwise and counterclockwise.

You’ll be up in the mountains, so plan for colder weather. Doing research and training for this trip will be paramount. I would strongly recommend a guide in this one as well. The terrain and countries are beautiful. You’ll be hiking through the Alps in Switzerland, France and Italy.

You’ll probably also want to plan for a few days at the start and end of this trip to explore at least one of the major cities that is near your starting and ending points

  • Trail Length: 105.6 miles
  • Age Limit/Requirement: N/A
  • Age Limit/Requirement: N/A
  • Skill level recommended: Expert

Accommodations: There are camping areas along the trailCities/Sites on the Trail: The Alps

Ah italy, how enchanting. There is a hiking trail that connects five towns call the Cinque Terre trail. You’ll be able to walk in between all the towns and you’ll want good hiking shoes or tennis shoes.

The key thing that you’ll need is grip and comfort - not the time to be breaking in new shoes. The scenery is coastal in between the towns - and you’ll more than likely have either olive orchards and vineyards on the the one side and cliff faces or beaches on the other.

The trails starts in the south and goes to the north. There are passes that you can purchase at the starting point. You’ll have three options - trail only, trail and trains, or trail, trains, and ferries.

While the first two passes come in a variety of different options from one to seven days, the pass only comes in a one day option. Cinque Terre has three different trails that you’ll want to explore if you’re given the time.

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The passes cost anywhere from €8 to €36.50 There is the common trail, also known as the Blue Trail, the Cinque Terre High Trail, and the Sanctuary trail. Make sure that you’re ready for the harder trails if you’re wanting to explore.

  • Trail Length: 6.2 miles on the main trail
  • Age Limit/Requirement: N/A
  • Average time of Hike: 5 hours - 7 days
  • Skill level recommended: Beginner - Moderate

Accommodations: Trains and Ferries can go in between the cities if you get too tired or it gets too hot on the trails. Museums in all 5 cities are recommended visiting as well. There are hotels in each city and I highly recommend staying a few nights along the way!

Cities/Sites on the Trail: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare

The Laugavegur Trek has some of the most beautifully stunning scenery to be found in all of the world. There are several options when looking to explore this hiking trail.

Some experience is required and you’ll want to go during the warmer part of the year. There is a company dedicated to a guided tour of this hike - and will offer you camping equipment for the time that you spend on the trail.

Laugavegur

On this trail there is everything from hot springs and volcanoes to glacial rivers and waterfalls. You’ll need to have some experience with hiking to complete this trail.

  • Trail Length: 34.2 miles
  • Age Limit/Requirement: 15 years old
  • Age Limit/Requirement: 15 years old
  • Skill level recommended: Moderate
  • Accommodations: Camping/Huts
  • Cities/Sites on the Trail: Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Álftavatn, and Emstrur

The Overland Trek isn’t for the faint hearted. The beautiful landscape that is integral to Tasmania is a wonder to behold. There is a warning that comes with this particular hike - be ready for any type of weather and think about the extremes. This is one of the longer hikes you’ll find that is outright wilderness.

While many think of the southern portion of the world to be warm and sometimes tropical, especially when it comes to Australia, please remember that there can be snow and severe weather during this trek - even during the recommended time of the year.

overland

Additionally you’ll want to remember that the nicer weather will be towards the end of the year, unlike us here in the States. You will go through all sorts of terrain - so please be aware of that when prepping for this hike.

  • Trail Length: 40.4 miles
  • Trail Length: 40.4 miles
  • Average time of Hike: 6 days
  • Skill level recommended: Expert
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Cities/Sites on the Trail: Ronny Creek, Mt. Ossa, and Lake St. Claire and Visitor Center

Through the seven destinations mentioned, please remember to plan ahead. You’ll want to know if there have been any reported weather issues or if you’ll be needing to provide for any possible weather changes.

Make sure that you know what to expect on the trails and train for them. Most important is to ensure that you are safe and that you have an amazing trip.

Daniel Ryan
 

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