Explore Europe on Foot: Your Complete Guide to Planning a Cultural Hiking Adventure

Explore Europe on Foot: Your Complete Guide to Planning a Cultural Hiking Adventure

by Cassandra Overby

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2018 Chanticleer I & I Grand Prize Book Award Winner


Move over traditional sightseeing, throngs of visitors, and tourist traps! Explore Europe on Foot gives travelers an alternative way to discover Europe. A hiking vacation offers countless rewards: the time to admire the tidiness of a village farm, soak in the rugged alpine view from a rocky perch, and absorb a country through the smells of its landscape and encounters with locals. Explore Europe on Foot is a complete guide to conceptualizing, planning, and executing the slow-travel hike (or hikes!) of a lifetime.


Author Cassandra Overby tells you how you can spend all, or even just part, of your vacation enjoying scenery, small towns, and cultural experiences most travelers miss—all without carrying a big backpack. This guide offers all the nuts and bolts you need: how to choose a route that is right for you, how to plan, what to pack, what to expect, how to find accommodations and food, how to deal with challenges along the way, and so much more. These aren’t wilderness backpacking trips, but rather a wide range of town-to-town walks that offer the opportunity to have an authentic, affordable, restorative vacation.


Travelers will also appreciate overviews of fifteen long-distance trails in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey, with itineraries that range from one to fifteen days. For those unwilling to go all-in, Cassandra also offers tips on incorporating day-hike outings into a more traditional vacation. The focus is on how to craft that more immersive vacation so users of the guide will be able to apply what they learn to their own dream destinations.


15 Handpicked Walks include:
Rota Vicentina, Portugal
English Way, Spain
Mont Saint-Michel, France
Alsace Wine Route, France
Tour du Mont Blanc, France and Italy
Cinque Terre 2.0, Italy
Lycian Way, Turkey
Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland
King Ludwig’s Way, Germany
The Moselle, Germany
The Ardennes, Luxembourg and Belgium
The Lake District, England, UK
West Highland Way, Scotland, UK
Laugavegur Trek, Iceland
The Sahara Desert, Morocco

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680511079
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 223,560
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cassandra Overby is a freelance travel and outdoors writer who loves combining her enthusiasm for foreign travel and hiking by encouraging people to explore the world on foot—and helping them do it. Learn more at explore-on-foot.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Start Here 7

Why Explore on Foot 11

Why Europe 15

Why You 19

Why This Book 23

Get Out There and Do It 24

Part 1 Dreaming 27

Chapter 1 Understand What's Ideal for You 29

Chapter 2 See What's Possible 38

One-Day Wanders Overview Map 45

Starting Simply: One-Day Wanders 45

Chapter 3 Get a Recommendation: Fifteen Handpicked Walks 60

Handpicked Walks Overview Map 61

Walks at a Glance Chart 63

1 Rota Vicentina Portugal 65

2 English Way, Spain 71

3 Mont Saint-Michel, France 76

4 Alsace Wine Route, France 81

5 Tour Du Mont Blanc, France and Italy 86

6 Cinque Terre 2.0, Italy 91

7 Lycian Way, Turkey 96

8 Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland 101

9 King Ludwig's Way, Germany 107

10 The Moselle, Germany 112

11 The Ardennes, Luxembourg and Belgium 118

12 The Lake District, England, UK 123

13 West Highland Way, Scotland, UK 128

14 Laugavegur Trek, Iceland 133

15 The Sahara Desert, Morocco 139

Chapter 4 Make a Final Decision 145

Part 2 Planning 149

Chapter 5 Find (The Right) Adventure Companions 153

Chapter 6 Walk Independently or Hire Help 161

Chapter 7 Get There 175

Chapter 8 Find a Place to Stay 186

Chapter 9 Train for the Trail 202

Chapter 10 Be Prepared for Anything 213

Chapter 11 Make Your Walk a Cultural Experience 224

Part 3 Packing 239

Chapter 12 Clothing 244

Chapter 13 Footwear 254

Chapter 14 Toiletries and Medication 258

Chapter 15 Trail and Travel Tools 263

Chapter 16 Electronic Tools 275

Chapter 17 Packs 282

Part 4 Traveling 287

Chapter 18 Check Off Your Final To-Dos before Walking 290

Chapter 19 Make the Most of the Experience 302

Checklists 311

Acknowledgments 317

Resources 321

Index 327

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