‘If you just want to get there, you can take a carriage, but to travel, you must walk’ (J-J Rousseau)
I’ve been walking ever since … well … I could walk!
Some of us just walk of necessity, to get from A to B when there’s no transport … or, at least, no affordable transport … available. Others walk for recreation, which is a fairly recent innovation. It’s not all that long ago that the founders of the Ramblers Association declared that ‘ ,,, walking has replaced gin as the cheapest way out of Manchester’
If you go anywhere by tourist coach or car, you are isolated, to a great extent, to what’s around you; you’re isolated to a somewhat lesser extent if you shuffle around in a cloud of like-minded souls with an eye on the guide’s umbrella. Fortunately, most guides will eventually say something like: ‘You have free time. Be back at the coach in an hour’. That’s when the travelling starts.
Better still is the package holiday brochure which, from time to time, contains the words ‘At Leisure’ in the itinerary. You could spend this time lazing on the beach, or whatever … or you could visit some attraction that catches your fancy. Or, you could just walk.
Some of the mail that comes through my letter box offers me walking holidays. Much as I like walking, that’s not really my thing. I’m not all that keen on being shepherded around in a group, whatever the surroundings. I’ll usually go with one or two friends, though; we can stop when we like, rest awhile when we like, choose which way we’re going to go when we get there. And, if the weather changes, we can decide to knock it on the head, and go to the pub instead!
This week’s contribution the the Travel Theme. See more at https://wheresmybackpack.com/2017/01/15/travel-theme-walking/