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For thrill seeker vacationers, a hike in the Alps is the perfect adventure. When people think of
Switzerland, they think of Chocolate & Heidi. However, the picturesque landscape of the land makes the experience of visiting the area unforgettable. The country has 4 official languages so getting around may be hard, unless you know German. Keep in mind that there are plenty of inhabitants that do in fact speak English, seek them out!
There are a variety of different types of hikes available. Various travel agencies offer trips for inexperienced hikers where trams are available so someone can enjoy a 2-3 hour hike. Most of the time, various guides lead the group, then after a while they suggest different variations to finish the day depending on your desires and/or energy level. From a single day trips to a week at a time, other trips are available that allow you to hike a certain region of the country.
Take time to plan ahead and book your hiking adventure before you arrive. Keep in mind your intended allotment for the trip as well as the weather conditions of the particular time of year you’re visiting. A particularly hot time may not be the best choice for a week long hiking trip.
Before embarking on your trip, review your map skills. While most trips are well marked, some signs tell you hiking distances in hours, keep this in mind when you decide on a new route. Other hiking trips have you on private property, where signs are few and far between. This is where map skills can come handy. Most importantly, close the gates behind you so animals such as cows or sheep will stay in their place. A hiking trip is a great way to get out and enjoy the scenery of a particular place. With perfect planning and an open mind, a hiking vacation will be a satisfying choice for any traveler.