This week's "Travel Tip" is don't cheat your feet!
When it comes to your feet, DO NOT skimp out! If there's one article of clothing that's vital to the success of your trip, it's your shoes. Just bite the bullet and dig deep into your wallet. But, it's not just about spending money. It's about buying right!
As is often the case, my wisdom came at a price. I was stupid once and learned from my mistakes. Now you are the beneficiary. Like that old saying...
"Good Judgment Depends
Mostly on Experience,
And Experience Usually Comes
From Poor Judgment."
To make my long Washington, D.C. story short, suffice it to say that I paid a lot of money for the wrong type of shoes and my feet were absolutely killing me the entire time!
Fast forward to England and, armed with the experience of my poor judgment, I made a wiser decision. I Googled and learned. Then I went to REI, got help, and bought the right pair of shoes for my feet and for the type of walking I'd be doing. It made a world of difference!
I don't want to offer specific advice because everyone's needs are different, but I will ask you to consider the temperature and precipitation in your destination, as well as the weight of the shoe. Consider also getting a shoe that rises above your ankle. That said, any further advice I'll let you get from the professionals.
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Ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey - known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys” (tall, cone-shaped rock formations) clustered in Monks Valley - is EXACTLY what we mean by an EXTRAordinary Adventure! Have you been yet? Tell us about it! Share your travel story!
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What's "Soft Adventure Travel" anyway? I'm glad you asked!
I think if I had said "Adventure Travel," you would have a picture in your mind of what that is. Hiking, biking, camping, snowboarding, skiing, scuba diving, white water rafting, etc. But, there is an implication that to participate in Adventure Travel, you have to be very physically fit. I know I wouldn't try climbing a straight-faced cliff! I'm just not that fit.
Soft Adventure, on the other hand, can be about those activities as well, but it's those activities and others in a far more approachable way. Soft Adventure is also not just out in nature. Hiking through cities as opposed to taking cabs is one way you can remain active while taking in the sights. Another is cycle tours. Yet another is a segue tour. Yes, even a segue tour is Soft Adventure. You're getting out there! You're moving and exploring. You're not just sitting on a beach with a Piña Colada or in a spa with a glass of Champagne. (Not that I don't love that too!) In fact, Soft Adventure could even mean riding in an ATV or yacht.
Unlike Adventure Travel, Soft Adventure Travel is more about the exploration than the physical exertion. It's about getting off the beaten path. It's about not going to the tourist traps. It's about getting out of your comfort zone. It's about experiencing new sights, sounds, taste, smells, and feelings - not the plastic existence of our normal, everyday lives.
Take some of my own travel experiences. We hiked up to Cochem Castle in Germany the hard way. We only found out later that there was an easier way to get up. Oh well. Adventure! Or, how about Smithsonian hopping in DC? Talk about a workout! But, we also took a yacht exploration adventure around St. Maarten. I was totally relaxed that, but it was still Soft Adventure Travel.
You know, when you think about it, really all I'm saying is that if you take any ordinary vacation and amp it up in the right ways, you can have an EXTRAordinary Soft Adventure Travel experience. So, how do you amp it up? Hire me and find out!
One caveat, though. If you have health concerns or mobility issues, Soft Adventure Travel may not be right for you. Not to sound like a drug commercial, but do please check with your doctor first before engaging in any activity that could lead to you hurting yourself.