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Touring: Walking & Trekking Holidays
Walking holidays present the traveller with the opportunity to discover a country's natural beauty by foot and hence take in a lot more than would be normal for somebody touring by car or as part of a coach tour. The reason is simple. By taking things in at a more leisurely pace, aspects that are normally missed by rushing are given the contemplation they need for absolute appreciation. Some companies offering walking tours offer a luggage transportation service which is ideal for somebody not keen on lugging all of their travelling possessions around with them. All that would be needed in this instance would be a day pack filled with essential items only. Hiking or walking holiday itineraries come in all shapes and sizes, different types of terrain and different durations from anything like a week to one month. It depends on the kind of trek or type of walking holiday as to what sort of clothing and equipment to pack. For navigational purposes, good maps of the area and or proposed route as well as a working compass are essential. Trekking socks, a trek towel, sturdy backpack and a lightweight day pack should be considered as 'must haves'.

Safety when trekking in mountains is something that should not be taken too lightheartedly as accidents are commonplace and can be easily prevented with the appliance of a certain degree of common sense. The mountain rescue teams of the world are there to use in an emergency and should certainly not be taken for granted. Firstly it goes without saying that the correct and adequate amount of clothing must be warn when trekking. Hazards to be careful off are fresh grass, dead sodden autumn leaves and icy paths. It is best to tell as many people as possible of where you intend walking to and at which time they can expect you back. If you do not return on time, they can send out a distress signal on your behalf for your rescue if needed. It goes without saying that trekking or walking should be undertaken in pairs in case of any serious emergency. It is imperative that enough food and especially enough water is taken on any trip in order to avoid any possible dehydration. Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness happens at high altitude where the oxygen and low atmospheric pressure prevent your lungs feeding the required amount of oxygen into your blood supply. Usually this type of sickness occurs at elevations higher than 3500m although it has occurred at lower extremes. If you have got high blood pressure you would be more susceptible to AMS. The cure for AMS is debated around the world. Some favour pressure chambers. These are pressurized portable tents that return the body to its natural state. The old fashioned rule suggests that you need only descend to a lower elevation. Symptoms of AMS include breathlessness, vomiting, nausea, feeling dizzy and a loss of appetite.
 

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