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WALKING HOLIDAYS: Demand is increasing for challenging treks

IT’S a strange thing, but if the boom in walking holidays is anything to go by, the less we have to walk, the more we seem to want to.

No other type of holiday lets you experience your surroundings quite so intimately, while boosting your mental and physical fitness. At Globelink Travel Insurance, we cover all sorts of itchy feet. Planning a leisurely ramble around the vineyards of Alsace? No problem – we have policies for people aged up to 84. Out to conquer Kilimanjaro? We’re with you all the way. Unlike many insurers, our specialist trekking policies cover you up to an altitude of 6,000 metres. That includes helicopter rescue should you be unlucky enough to have a medical emergency – along with the other essential cover you need if and when ‘stuff’ happens. More of us are living longer, fuller, fitter lives, hence the demand for challenging treks in Nepal or Machu Picchu.

Hiking a stretch of the Great Wall of China is also increasingly popular. For an equally stretching stroll, how about Jordan? The week-long trek takes you from the Dead Sea to the pink city of Petra (ideal for finding your inner Indiana Jones.) Unsurprisingly, with some of the best hiking on our doorstep, many of our clients are choosing Europe. Madeira’s volcanic scenery and rushing levadas make it a walker’s paradise – and not all of the day trails are ‘a piece of cake’, either! For many, France has it all. Iconic trails, like Corsica’s gruelling GR20 or the Tour du Mont Blanc, put even the best to the test, and are well-served by all-inclusive packages. On the other hand, when it comes to softer hiking, tailoring your own walk couldn’t be easier.

Just map out your route from a 180,000km network of well-signed footpaths, and munch your way around the Loire valley or the beaches of Brittany. If that’s too déjà vu for you, Slovenia is a good bet, offering sparkling alpine and lake scenery in Triglav National Park. Croatia offers stunning hill walking, with the Adriatic as a backdrop and a stay in Dubrovnik a highlight on most tours. And look out for Albania; it’s already emerging as an outstanding destination for discerning hikers.

Wherever you’re headed, go safely with the three essentials – a first aid kit, the right equipment and a decent travel insurance policy. Enjoy your trip! Globelink Travel Insurance: for people living in Spain and all other EU countries. For an instant quote and to arrange cover securely online, enabling you to print your policy documents immediately, by visiting – the leading travel insurer for people living in EU Countries.

Or you can telephone Globelink on 00 44 1353 699082 or their Spanish links line on 966 265 000 or 951 242 434.

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