With the world slowly returning to some sort of normality and travel becoming possible once again, it is easy to get carried away with grand ideas for your next holiday! To get the most out of your next self-guided holiday, the key is to set yourself achievable challenges.
What does this mean?
- You would like to book a self-guided walking holiday in Provence, but you are not much of a walker?
Choose one of our easy walking tours. You will walk between 2 to 4 hours a day – 9 to 14 km (from 5.6 to 8.7miles) on an easy terrain with plenty of time to meander and places to stop and rest along the way.
- Or, if there is a more moderate hiking in Provence trip that takes your fancy, but you are worried about the trickier hikes, then add more days to your walking tour to either cut down on your daily distance or allow yourself time to rest.
A self-guided cycling tour of Provence made easier with an electric bike!
You enjoy cycling and take regular casual rides but the steep climbs up to the Provencal perched villages or the daily distance from A to B seem a little impossible with a regular bike? Then make that bike ride challenge achievable with an electric bike! It is great compromise between cycling and enjoying the ride and takes all the hard work out of a more challenging route.
Prepare well before leaving on your Provence walking stay or cycling holiday in France.
- As your walking or cycling trip approaches, take regular walks or bike rides, challenge yourself to a few hills and uneven terrain. Difficult walking or cycling doesn’t necessarily mean uphill all the way, it can be uneven terrain, or even long distance, you need to have the right equipment (comfortable shoes, the right gear, walking poles) – it’s the small things that can and will make a big difference.
- Practice wearing your backpack on some hikes before leaving and get used to the extra weight. Consider what to put into your backpack to ensure that you will not be carrying an unnecessary load. Sore shoulders and a stiff back will not help you achieve your goals on the trail.
- Consider the time of year to book your Provence walking tour or cycling break – the heat could pose a problem, especially on a walking trip. The longer distances can become less achievable in hot weather.
- Think ahead and reward yourself for your hard work! Book a nice restaurant for an evening after a long day on the trail, treat your self to a wine tasing session in a local cellar or a cooking class with a local chef – having something to look forward to can help to push you along the final stretch.
Call us or email us to share your thoughts and goals. We can customize any one of our trips and can help you achieve the walking of cycling holiday you dream of.