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Walk It Out

Dedicating the summer holidays to walking will do wonders for both your health and your soul. Choose one of the many roads scattered across the globe and be prepared to have an experience you will never forget.
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Like going gluten-free, drinking matcha and taking barre, walking is becoming one of this season's hottest health trends as people are slowly realizing that the benefits of this simple activity are not to be underestimated. 

With practice, and by choosing the right path or road to walk on, you too will realize that the beauty of walking is that the journey is the destination.

The Way of Saint James

A seldom known fact is that this walk can be made in three ways: via the French route, the Portuguese route, or the Atlantic route. Of the three, the French route is by far the most popular: starting from the Pyrenees, walkers can take any one of the 700 km of roads and paths, each dotted with hostels and places to eat. Along the way, walkers will encounter as many different landscapes as there are pilgrims, so the best time to tackle this road is Spring.

The Path of St. Olav

For those who love northern Europe, St. Olav's journey to Trondheim, Norway, is a must-see. While the most daring routes start from neighboring Sweden and Denmark, the path most used is from Oslo. On their journey across the breathtaking Nordic landscapes, walkers have the opportunity to witness some of nature's most extraordinary phenomena from the Aurora Borealis (more commonly known as the northern lights) to - quite simply - silence. This is a vast silence that we seldom get to experience in the 21st century, and is a silence that we never knew we needed.

Ireland

Thanks to the success of HBO's TV series Game of Thrones, Ireland Not historical in nature, but rather in the wake of the success of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, Ireland has seen tourist numbers multiply as pilgrims come to pay homage to the locations and panoramas that appeared on the show.

Of the many trekking routes and religious pilgrimages that the island has to offer, most visitors ensure that their walks pass by Castle Ward (A.K.A, the famous Winterfell).

The Germanic Way

In the heart of continental Europe is the Germanic way. This route brings walkers and Teutonic pilgrims on ancient Roman roads starting from Lower Saxony to Rome. While the opposite direction can be taken, there is something majestic about making one's way to the Eternal City.

Whichever direction you choose, the route crosses picturesque landscapes and villages typical of Saxon culture.

Via Licia

Everyone can enjoy walking and - for those who prefer more exotic landscapes - there is the Via Licia: a 540 km route based on the same roads that ancient Romans used to cross southern Turkey. Skirting unparalleled views of the sea, walkers experience the emergence of Mediterranean and nearby Middle Eastern colors, culture, and scents that make this region so special. Just make sure to avoid planning this walk during the summer season, when the temperatures are at their highest.

In Italy

The Bel Paese offers countless walking routes. Be it religious or lay, what each walk has in common is the spirit with which one starts off on the road: the desire to create a connection between oneself and the nature offered by the landscape. Try one of the mountain paths along the Italian Alps, or have a go at the Apennines' Via Francigena that allows walkers to vertically cross the country's boot shape.

Of this road, the Tuscan walk from San Gimignano to Siena is arguably the most beautiful. Here, every sunset can be seen from the hills and, for a moment, everything is painted in gold. On the other hand, if you love the mountains, the Alta Via No. 1's 125 km of winding roads connecting the picturesque Lake Braies to Belluno is for you. The difficulty of this walk is medium-high, but it is certainly worth making the effort.

In both cases, discover a side of Italy that is unknown to the ordinary traveller. 

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