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Why You Should Explore Places On Foot

Why You Should Explore Places On Foot

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There are quite a few famous travelers exploring the world on foot at the moment. MakeUseOf lists some of the most famous adventure bloggers such as Angela Maxwell (She Walks the Earth) and Tom Turcich (The World Walk). Maxwell is currently on a solo journey exploring remote parts of the world. Meanwhile, Turcich travels on foot with his loyal dog, Savannah, to learn as much as possible and make himself more profound.

Of course, not everyone can walk the Earth in its entirety. What you can do however is explore on foot during your travels. It may not be as extreme as what the aforementioned explorers are doing but it has a lot of benefits along the way. Here are a few of them:

It reduces body fat

Walking from one destination to another makes it much easier to reach your recommended 10,000 steps a day. If you’re wondering why this is important, an article on WeightWatchers about walking 10,000 steps a day states that it results in the body storing less fat. If you’re active then food is used as fuel, compared to the body storing fat from food in the liver when you’re inactive. If you like to experience different cultures and flavors on your travels, this can be especially advantageous because you’ll likely be eating a lot, too. So make sure you walk plenty to burn off those excess calories.

It’s a form of meditation

In locations where nature is abundant, walking can help engage the mind and body. CNN reveals that walking outdoors is an effective way to meditate: it exposes you to various aspects of nature, allowing you to use your imagination. As a result, you feel more relaxed, make better decisions, and improve your concentration. When walking, make a point to focus on what you’re grateful for every ten trees you count or every turn you make. This can help ground your meditation. If possible, engage in walking therapies as we’ve mentioned in our article ‘7 Travel Destinations to Take Care of Your Health’. Travel destinations like San Benito in the Philippines offer activities like this so tourists can be at one with nature while taking a step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

It saves money

It doesn’t hurt to spend less when traveling, even if you have saved up for your vacation. Travel Channel notes that walking saves money on travel because transportation can be costly – especially now with the increase in gas prices across the world. Public transportation may be cheaper than private taxis or ride-sharing services, but walking is most definitely the best way to save money. Besides, the money you save from walking can be spent on other travel activities like guided tours and festivals.

It immerses you in different culture

In comparison to sitting still on a bus or in a taxi, walking exposes you to lots more things. You get to absorb a location’s surroundings better when traveling as you’re going much slower. It also increases your chances of coming across historical sights that you would typically miss while traveling via a bus like ancestral houses. Lastly, walking provides an opportunity to interact with locals and see how they live. You can chat with them while asking for directions or simply observe how they live as a community. Overall, walking is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in cultures you wish to explore further.

Exploring on foot may not be the first thing that comes to mind when going on vacation, but these reasons show that it should be something you seriously consider doing more of. By walking when you’re traveling, you get to exercise, save money, meditate, and immerse yourself in a culture you’re totally unfamiliar with.