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How active you plan to be on a trip is certainly up to you. Yet, the details included in the planning stage will often make all the difference. Thinking about what you want to call your little getaway may help you decide quite a few things about the amenities included on your venture. Note, it is important to plan appropriately so that the course of your activities are structured and your expectations are fulfilled without disappointment.

The planning stage is not always easy when the whole family is considered in the scheme of planning. Ideas swirling in your mind cloud can be a bit overwhelming without any real direction. That is why the focus should be on what materials will be used during the planning stage, especially if a travel agent will not be consulted.

The last three months of the year are usually when more individuals decide to travel, even if not for leisure and adventure. With Thanksgiving just less than 2 weeks away, we hope that you are more concerned about being thankful and not to preoccupied with what you will be receiving from those you love. That is why around this time of year, mentioning almsgiving is a must. It's not to early to start either, so just keep in mind thankful attitudes and giving no matter where you decide to travel. Right now, I am feeling extremely thankful because after receiving an offer to try Travel & Leisure Magazine at a reduced rate and also discovering an Educational Travel Resource called National Geographic Traveler, I came across an article on Walking Vacations. I can tell you that this was a light bulb moment for me, as Oprah would say. I thought about how perfectly these vacations fit my lifestyle and personality almost the same way I did when I realized that natural hair suited me better than hair that is chemically processed. Boy, I can hardly express how that article on Walking Vacations opened up a whole new world to me, especially since when I thought about travel before being exposed to new ideas, I only thought about luxurious stays at hotels, spa treatments, and good food. Now I realize that those things are only a part of what I really wanted my vacations to be, if I was going to splurge. Then, it became clear; I had to share the joys and resources available for ambulatory trekkers and also show why using Travel Resources helps during the planning process.

Reading that very informative article was all I needed to convince me of the infinite possibilities available to someone like me who doesn't mind walking and actually takes it very seriously. So seriously in fact, I incorporate it into my fitness routine every week, even though I have the option to take advantage of using the treadmill at my Fitness Club. I like to walk outside and feel the open air so I do.

Reading about walks in Vermont and hikes form one hotel/Inn to the next, has me all caught up in walking wonder! Thinking about Mardi Gras Time and my commutes to work on foot, I know I have easily walked over 10 miles in a day. Still, that does not nearly place me in marathon standing which is how long some of these walking vacations can be. Some even extend to up to 35 miles in a day. That may not sound like something you would want to consider, if you are thinking about carving out time to relax and recharge. Yet, staying active, even on vacation is important.

Some amenities that may help to sway your attitude toward walking vacations are extras like strawberries and wine, served from a van traveling along for those who dawdle. Yes, there are options for those who have less stamina and need a little assistance getting through the day. Not convinced or excited about Walking Vacations? Well, just in case you change your mind and have a light bulb moment of your own, here are a few resources that can help you make appropriate plans to suit your travel needs.

For Brochures, Schedules, and other materials

Above The Clouds Trekking
P.O. Box 3989
Worcester, Mass. 01602
(508) 799-4499 or 800-233-4499

Butterfield & Robinson
70 Bond St.
Toronto, Ont M5B1X3

Vermont Hiking Holiday
Box 750
Bristol, Vt 05443

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