Here you will find information and advice about equipment suitabel for walking and cycling holidays. From simple country walks to mountain treks.
Am I fit enough?
When to go
What to do next
Boots or Shoes - a MOST important piece of equipment ,
Here are some tips gathered from those that know about hiking in boots!
- Don’t be influenced by the brand friends recommend – everybody’s feet are different.
- Go to more than one shop, try different brands, make sure the sales assistant knows what kind of activity you’re planing. There’s no point in buying heavy, stiff, go-anywhere alpine boots if all you want to do is a little gentle bushwalking.
- The advantage of lightweight, synthetic fabric boots is that they don’t need breaking in and they dry quickly and easily. Full-grain, heavy duty boots are good for alpine trekking and protection against rocks, tree roots and wet muddy terrain. Either way, good ankle support can make the difference between a sprain and a break.
- If a boot feels “right” when you put it on, chances are it’s the one for you. But do arrange to try boots at home for a few days. Most shops will agree to this (you pay for them with a guarantee of a refund if you don’t like them) and the good ones will actually suggest it.
- Buy boots with “bellow” tongues which are stitched to the boot all the way up. Loose tongues will let in water. Top-of-the-range boots are made from one piece of leather. Generally, the more stitching, the more places water can get in.
- Full-grain leather boots will need braking in. Recommendations are to stand them in a bucket of water so they are sodden inside and out, and then walking in them. This will hasten the essential process of moulding them to the shape of your feet. Let them dry naturally (NEVER in front of a direct heat source). Break them in over a period of weeks by going for walks of increasing distances. Just pottering around the house or walking to the shops will not do. Don’t put weatherproofing oil on them until they’re broken in and don’t overdo the weatherproofing or they’ll stiffen up. The ‘old fashioned’ ‘Dubbin’ is a leather ‘moisturiser’ as well as a waterproofing agent. The editor of this item can attest to the disciplines of; natural drying and following dose of dubbin. His Italian leather boots purchased in Europe in the late 1970’s, apart form a replacement sole, are still going strong! Buy quality and look after them and they will last.
- Wash the soles of boots thoroughly after each hike; this will prevent you spreading fungus and other plant infections. This will hasten your re-entry to countries like Australia and New Zealand!!
- Lots of fashion labels have put out lookalike hiking boots which can cost just as much as the real thing, but won’t last the distance once you take them off the beaten track.
"But I'm not fit enough" you say.
“That's just not true” we say.
Almost anyone can enjoy a walk or cycle in the countryside. Being super fit is not a pre-requisite, however being active in your every day life and having a good mental attitude will certainly help you to appreciate this kind of holiday
When to go
Throughout the world there are various seasons and climates which means you are able to walk and cycle somewhere in the world, on some continent, and in some country at any given time of the year.
September may be the best time to walk in Scotland but it certainly isn't the best month to cycle in Sri Lanka. It may be winter in Europe but from October to April you can explore the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. A walk in Provence is very enjoyable in October but it's not the best time to cycle in Finland.
What to do next
Most of these trips have been personally researched and our brochure contains the basic outlines. Although we do have more details on each trip, our philosophy is that you should also do some research about the area you wish to visit. You will enjoy your walk or cycle much more if you do.
Once you have decided on which trip you want, please download our booking form and conditions
Please read these conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis on which bookings are accepted. To make a booking please click here.
Once you have decided which trip you want and have read our booking conditions please send the booking form to us with a non-refundable deposit of $440 per person.
All payments will be receipted by Passport Travel whose licence number is 31054.
All prices are in Australian dollars and all monies will be receipted in Australian dollars.
They are also subject to change at any time unless paid in full.
An invoice will be sent to you once your trip is confirmed. The balance payment is due in our office no later that 60 days prior to the trip start date.
Suite 11A, 401 St Kilda Rd,
Melbourne 3004. Australia
Ph (61-3) 9867-3888
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